Articles and Research
In this section we share some of the latest articles, information and research about acupuncture.
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‘Review of reviews’ supports use of acupuncture for menopause symptoms – The Journal of Chinese Medicine, June 2018
An umbrella systematic review (a ‘review of reviews’), which assessed the effectiveness of acupuncture for menopause symptoms, has concluded that current evidence from RCTs supports its use. Three systematic reviews (1127 women) were identified that met the American...read more
A Cochrane database systematic review has concluded that acupuncture may result in a moderate reduction in the severity of depression when compared with treatment as usual or no treatment. The Australian authors additionally concluded that use of acupuncture led to a...read more
A systematic review from China indicates that acupuncture could be an effective therapy for treating osteoporosis. Thirty-five studies involving 3014 participants were included in the meta-analysis, which showed that acupuncture could improve bone mineral density,...read more
A systematic review of non-pharmacological interventions for chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome suggests that acupuncture can be effective. Three of the included studies (204 participants) suggested that acupuncture reduces prostatitis symptoms compared...read more
Acupuncture could be an effective and safe treatment for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Twenty-seven RCTs with 1736 participants were analysed by Korean authors. Acupuncture either as a monotherapy or complementary to behavioural and educational...read more
A systematic review carried out in Portugal concludes that there is good scientific evidence encouraging the use of acupuncture therapy to treat anxiety disorders. Thirteen papers were selected for analysis. All studies reported a significant decrease in anxiety for...read more
Chronic pain patients value both individual and group acupuncture – The Journal of Chinese Medicine, June 2018
An American study of acupuncture for chronic pain has explored the patient experience in group and individual treatment settings for the first time. Qualitative interviews were conducted with a subset of 46 patients from two arms of a randomised comparative...read more
Scalp electro-acupuncture (EA) can be successfully used to reduce pain severity and disability in headache patients. Japanese investigators treated 54 primary headache patients at two bilateral points located on the occipital scalp with 50 Hz EA for 15 minutes, once a...read more
Acupuncture could be an alternative to catheterisation for the treatment of postpartum urinary retention, according to an Israeli research team. In a randomised case-controlled trial, 55 postpartum women with urinary retention were given the choice of treatment by...read more
Indian clinicians have found acupuncture to be effective for the management of dysmenorrhoea. Sixty females were randomly assigned to either an acupuncture group or a no-treatment control group. The acupuncture group received 20 minutes of acupuncture for 15 days per...read more