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Research Archive

Welcome to our Chinese medicine and acupuncture research news pages. We add to the content of these pages continuously as more research news comes in. Browse through the complete archive below or use the category links on the right.

Please note that the most twenty recent research archive items are free to view but access to the thousands of items in the archive require a journal subscription.

Acupuncture leads to reductions in pain intensity, disability and salivary cortisol levels in people with chronic musculoskeletal pain ...

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Acupuncture can be beneficial for exercise-induced muscle soreness, according to a trial carried out in Portugal ...

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Electro-acupuncture outperforms biofeedback therapy for treating chronic neck pain, report Iranian researchers ...

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Transcutaneous electrical acupoint stimulation (TEAS) can facilitate postoperative recovery in elderly patients after knee surgery ...

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A combination of wrist-ankle acupuncture (WAA) and auricular acupuncture (AA) can quickly reduce pain symptoms and reduce analgesic drug use in patients with cancer pain ...

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Both individual and group acupuncture therapy delivered in primary care settings can reduce pain and improve physical function in people with chronic musculoskeletal conditions ...

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Cervical surgery rates are lower in neck pain patients who have acupuncture treatment ...

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Acupuncture may improve symptoms in patients with postherpetic neuralgia ...

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Auricular acupuncture is a promising intervention for the treatment of chronic back pain ...

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Acupuncture is an effective and safe treatment for chronic pain-related insomnia ...

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Different protocols for the administration of acupuncture influence its effect on chronic pain ...

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High-quality evidence shows that acupuncture has advantages over orthodox medicine as a treatment for knee osteoarthritis ...

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Acupuncture can be effectively provided to adolescent American football players in their training environment to help prevent delayed-onset muscle soreness ...

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Adding electro-acupuncture to physiotherapy can result in faster pain relief for patients with frozen shoulder syndrome ...

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Twelve sessions of acupuncture show short-term clinical benefits in relieving symptoms of leg pain for patients with sciatica ...

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Women may respond better than men to acupuncture for low back pain ...

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Individualised auricular acupuncture based on Chinese medical principles produces better results for management of chronic back pain than a standardised French (Nogier-style) ear acupuncture protocol ...

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More severe baseline pain is associated with greater acupuncture treatment effects ...

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Preoperative auricular acupuncture can enable reductions in the dose of propofol needed to induce general anesthesia ...

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Smoke generated during moxibustion does not affect the efficacy of acupuncture treatment in knee osteoarthritis ...

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Strong electro-acupuncture is better than weak or sham EA at alleviating pain intensity and inhibiting chronic pain in knee osteoarthritis patients ...

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Acupuncture is a feasible and beneficial non­-pharmacological option for treating pain in the emergency department ...

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Daily caffeine consumption may not affect acupuncture’s analgesic effects in humans, according to a study by American researchers ...

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A meta-analysis by Korean authors has concluded that cupping therapy can reduce neck pain ...

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A review of systematic reviews carried out by researchers from Portugal has concluded that auriculotherapy is backed up by enough scientific evidence to be indicated as an adjunctive treatment for chronic pain ...

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A network network meta-analysis by a Chinese research group has compared the effects of different acupuncture methods on pain, stiffness and physical function for knee osteoarthritis ...

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Acupuncture is more efficacious than NSAIDs in reducing primary dysmenorrhoea ...

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Korean investigators have found that treatment aimed at removing blood stasis can help improve the pain of patients with traumatic injury, by enhancing peripheral blood flow ...

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Acupuncture can improve cancer-related pain and other symptoms ...

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Both superficial and traditional acupuncture show immediate effects on reducing pain caused by trigger points in the upper trapezius muscle, report Taiwanese researchers ...

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Acupuncture is effective for reducing pain and disability in patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis of the hand, conclude a team of European investigators ...

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Brazilian investigators have found that auricular acupuncture can reduce disability in people with chronic spinal pain ...

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Three new studies demonstrate how effective battlefield acupuncture is for acute and chronic pain ...

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A systematic review from China has found evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture at Tiaokou ST-38 in treating adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder ...

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Korean authors report that acupuncture can effectively reduce menstrual pain ...

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A large matched cohort study from Korea suggests that undergoing acupuncture treatment is associated with lower lumbar surgery rates for low back pain patients ...

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Electro-acupuncture (EA) is effective in alleviating postoperative pain in patients who have undergone haemorrhoid removal surgery ...

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Peri-operative auricular acupuncture was not found to reduce postoperative pain or opioid consumption in a study carried out by the American military ...

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Ear acupuncture can reduce disability and increase tissue temperature in people with chronic spinal pain ...

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Postmenopausal women with breast cancer who experience arthralgia due to aromatase inhibitor drugs may benefit from acupuncture ...

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Microsystem acupuncture can reduce pain intensity in temporomandibular disorder  ...

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Battlefield acupuncture (BFA) is feasible as a therapy for acute low back pain in the emergency department ...

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An American study of acupuncture for chronic pain has explored the patient experience in group and individual treatment settings for the first time ...

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Acupuncture is significantly more effective than physical exercise or medication for improving physical function in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis ...

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German clinicians have determined that adding cupping to analgesic medication can reduce lower back pain more effectively than medication alone ...

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A systematic review from China indicates that acupuncture could be an effective therapy for treating osteoporosis ...

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A Chinese systematic review has shown positive results for acupuncture in the treatment of lumbar disc herniation ...

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Acupuncture compares favourably to bed rest for the relief of postpartum sciatica, conclude the authors of a study carried out in China ...

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Acupuncture is associated with a much faster and deeper analgesic effect and better tolerance in comparison with morphine for patients suffering from acute renal colic ...

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Acupuncture is a feasible treatment for chronic pain, and is well received by low-income patients in the government-fundedMedicaid programme, according to research carried out in the USA ...

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Acupuncture has a similar effect to conventional treatment for chronic neck pain, conclude the Japanese authors of a systematic review ...

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Acupuncture reduces pain and serum markers associated with endometriosis, according the authors of a systematic review carried out in China ...

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A group of Chinese researchers who carried out a network meta-analysis on acupuncture techniques commonly used for myofascial pain syndrome has concluded that they are effective in decreasing pain and in improving physical function ...

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Acupuncture and electrotherapy are associated with clinically significant reductions in pain and opioid consumption after total knee arthroplasty ...

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Chinese authors of a systematic review of acupuncture for primary dysmenorrhoea have concluded that current evidence suggests it may be effective ...

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Chinese authors of a systematic review have found that acupuncture is associated with a greater immediate pain relief effect compared with sham acupuncture and analgesic injections ...

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A systematic review by Australian authors has found that auricular acupuncture is effective for pain relief in the emergency department ...

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Acupuncture can reduce pain and medication use in patients with idiopathic trigeminal neuralgia ...

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Acupuncture may lead to long-term improvements in clinical outcomes and levels of of pain neuromediators in fibromyalgia ...

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ndian investigators have found that acupuncture is more effective for pain relief than analgesics in the treatment of pulpitis (inflammation of dental pulp tissue) ...

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The largest, most rigorous study of its kind to date has found that acupuncture can significantly reduce the severe joint pain experienced by women undergoing treatment for early stage breast cancer ...

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A Chinese herbal medicine (Xian Ling Gu Bao capsules) can increase bone mineral density, improve bone metabolism and prevent loss of bone mass in osteoporosis patients ...

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Acupuncture could play a significant role in combating the opioid epidemic that is raging in the USA ...

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Electro-acupuncture can significantly alleviate pain and improve physical function in knee osteoarthritis patients, with a low risk of adverse reactions ...

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Acupuncture appears to relieve myofascial pain in temporomandibular disorder report the Portuguese authors of a systematic review ...

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A systematic review by American authors has concluded that acupuncture and electrotherapy can reduce opioid consumption after total knee arthroplasty ...

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Gua sha may elicit a more long-lasting anti-inflammatory effect relative to hot pack treatment, leading to better pain relief and mobility in elderly patients with chronic low back pain ...

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Acupressure can improve recovery after acute ankle sprain, leading to shortened disability time, say Chinese clinicians ...

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Three minutes of acupressure is effective in decreasing pain intensity due to acute musculoskeletal injury, report researchers from New Zealand ...

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Acupuncture results in both clinical and morphological improvement of the median nerve at the wrist in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome ...

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Acupuncture can reduce pain and pathological thickness of the common extensor tendon in patients with lateral epicondylitis ...

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Electro-acupuncture demonstrates greater short- and long-term benefits for chronic discogenic sciatica than medium-frequency electrotherapy (MFE - similar to transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation or TENS) ...

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Abdominal acupuncture is an effective treatment for neck pain, according to researchers from Hong Kong ...

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A feasibility study carried out by a US research team suggests that acupuncture offered in a group setting is effective for reducing pain and depression in patients with chronic pain or osteoarthritis ...

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Acupuncture has positive medical, economical and psychological effects for patients suffering from acute burns, according to clinicians working in the Czech Republic ...

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A pilot study carried out in China suggests that acupuncture may be effective for reducing cancer pain ...

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The largest-ever pragmatic randomised trial of acupuncture carried out in hospital emergency departments has found that it is a safe and effective alternative to pain-relieving drugs for acute pain ...

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Acupuncture is still effective for pain relief a year after treatment has ended, according to a paper by Prof Hugh MacPherson and international colleagues from the Acupuncture Trialists’ Collaboration ...

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A Chinese herbal formula has been shown to reduce serum uric acid levels and prevent recurrence of acute gouty arthritis ...

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UK researchers examining economic data on 12 non-pharmacological interventions for osteoarthritis of the knee have found acupuncture and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) to be cost-effective ...

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Distal acupuncture needling results in immediate pain reduction in patients with adhesive capsulitis (AC) and adding acupuncture to conservative therapy for the condition results in shorter recovery times ...

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Acupuncture may achieve long-term pain relief in carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) by rewiring the brain, according to findings by an American research team ...

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Fibromyalgia patients who exhibit greater sensitivity to pain are more likely to respond to sham acupuncture, and more likely to experience a worsening of pain after verum acupuncture, report US researchers ...

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Adding either acupuncture or electro-acupuncture does not confer any additional benefit over exercise treatment for subacromial pain syndrome ...

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Findings from a small exploratory study carried out in the UK suggest a trend of increased benefits for clinical outcomes after ten sessions of adjunctive acupuncture for chronic low back pain ...

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Acupuncture is a feasible treatment for relieving pain in intensive care unit (ICU) patients, American researchers report ...

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Acupuncture-related lifestyle advice helps patients with chronic neck pain improve the way they care for themselves and is associated with reductions in pain and disability ...

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In stark contrast to the increasing medical acceptance of acupuncture and other complementary therapies in the United States, and their growing inclusion in medical guidelines for doctors who are treating pain conditions, the UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recently dropped acupuncture from its recommendations for knee osteoarthritis and low back pain ...

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American investigators have found that self-administered acupressure is superior to usual care for pain and physical function improvement in older people with knee osteoarthritis ...

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A Brazilian team has found that auricular acupuncture can reduce anxiety and pain in nursing professionals ...

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The American College of Physicians’ new guidelines on the treatment of chronic low back pain strongly recommend the use of acupuncture as a first-line treatment, finding it to be more effective for pain relief and improvement in function than pharmaceutical drugs ...

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A meta-analysis from Chinese researchers suggests that acupuncture can improve pain and function in patients with chronic knee pain due to osteoarthritis ...

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A systematic review from China suggests that acupuncture is an effective and safe therapy for patients suffering from arthritis due to gout ...

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Acupuncture compares favourably with drug treatment for chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS), according to Chinese authors ...

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Acupuncture treatment can result in a clinically meaningful change in pain intensity for amputees with phantom limb pain ...

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German clinicians have found acupuncture to be effective in producing sustained, clinically relevant pain relief in patients with osteoporosis ...

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Acupuncture has a better clinical effect on knee osteoarthritis than physiotherapy, which may be due to its ability to promote cartilage repair ...

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A study by investigators from the UK suggests that both group and individual acupuncture may be effective for treating the symptoms of knee osteoarthritis ...

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Electro-acupuncture (EA) can reduce symptoms and improve function when added to nocturnal splinting for carpal tunnel syndrome ...

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The beneficial effects of a course of acupuncture treatment for patients with chronic pain appear to persist for at least 12 months, according to a secondary analysis of data from the Acupuncture Trialists' Collaboration ...

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