Clinical Studies

Below you will find links to clinical studies conducted involving the use of Chinese Medicine to treat a range of conditions and health concerns.

Allergies

imagesASTHMA “Clinical observation on Traditional Chinese Medicine’s treating bronchial asthma in the chronic phase.”
Published by Hebei Medicine University. This study looked at two groups – Group #1 received only acupuncture therapy. Group #2 received acupuncture plus the addition of cupping, moxibustion and Chinese herbal medicine. Based on the clinical outcomes, the researchers concluded that acupuncture combined with moxibustion, cupping and herbs is superior to using acupuncture as a standalone procedure. READ MORE
HAY FEVER: rhinitis“Acupuncture for seasonal allergic rhinitis: a randomized controlled trial”
Published by American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. This study took 175 participants with seasonal allergic rhinitis for 12 sessions of acupuncture treatment during 4 weeks. The study concluded acupuncture treatment is a safe and effective option for clinical management of seasonal allergic rhinitis in the Melbourne area for symptom relief and quality of life improvement. READ MORE.
SKIN CONDITIONS:  JACM“Acupuncture Clears Skin Conditions”
Published in the The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. This study demonstrated that acupuncture improves patient outcomes for the treatment of skin disorders including dermatitis, urticaria, chloasma, pruritus, and hyperhidrosis compared to placebo acupuncture, alternative treatment options, and no intervention. READ MORE

Addiction and Rehabilitation

SMOKING Drug and Alcohol Dependence“A meta-analysis of ear-acupuncture, ear-acupressure and auriculotherapy for cigarette smoking cessation”
Published in the Drug and Alcohol Dependence Journal. This study found acupuncture to be one of the modalities that may help a nicotine addicted patient to successfully quit this habit. Over 3,000 patients were included in randomized trials to evaluate the effect ear acupuncture has on quitting smoking; with majority having a positive effect. READ MORE

Cancer Treatment

cover_bigCHEMO INDUCE NAUSEA “Acupuncture to alleviate chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in pediatric oncology – a randomized multicenter crossover pilot trial. This study was conducted in Germany involving children receiving highly emetogenic chemotherapy for treatment of solid malignant tumors. The study investigated whether acupuncture can reduce the need for antiemetic medication during chemotherapy. Results showed that acupuncture was successfully in reducing the medication required thereby alleviate nausea and vomiting, which is a common side affect of chemotherapy. READ MORE

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Journal of Medical AcutpunctureHYPERTENSION “Long-Lasting Reduction of Blood Pressure by Electroacupuncture in Patients with Hypertension: Randomized Controlled Trial”
Patients with hypertension treated with acupuncture experienced drops in their blood pressure that lasted up to a month and a half, researchers with the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine have found. READ MORE

Cardiovascular

Acta Physiologica Sinica.BLOOD-PRESSURE:  “Integrating acupuncture into the cardiology clinic: can it play a role?
Published in Acta Physiologica Sinica. Acupuncture may serve as a safe and viable option for the treatment of cardiology diseases. This review article focuses on both mechanistic and clinical studies evaluating acupuncture’s effectiveness with symptomatic heart disease. Current evidence warrants consideration of acupuncture’s use with myocardial ischemia, hypertension, arrhythmias, heart failure as well as autonomic dysfunction. READ MORE

Diet

CROHNS: Randomized controlled trial: Moxibustion and acupuncture for the treatment of Crohn’s disease.”
Published in the World journal of Gastroenterology. This study found that treatment with moxibustion and acupuncture significantly reduced the symptoms associated with Crohn’s disease READ MORE.
Journal of Alternative Complementart MedicineDIGESTION “Efficacy of traditional Chinese medicine for the management of constipation: a systematic review.”
Published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 21 studies were reviewed, of which 18 were based on Chinese herbal medicine and 3 on acupuncture.  Chinese Herbal Medicine was more effective than conventional medicines in 8 trials. Of the remaining trials results were significant in 4. The study  concluded that Tradition Chinese Medicine interventions are useful in managing constipation. READ MORE
WEIGHT MANAGEMENT eCam-An Open Access Journal“Efficacy and Safety of Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture in the Management of Obesity.”
Published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Obese subjects aged between 18 and 60 years were selected for a 12-week double-blinded randomised placebo-controlled trial and were administered with a Chinese herbal formula for the management of obesity. Results showed the formula to be safe and effective in promoting weight loss and body mass index (BMI) improvements. READ MORE.

Fertility, IVF and Pregnancy

Acupuncture-Pregnancy-3141For a comprehensive list of clinical studies related to Fertility, IVF and Pregnancy please visit the Acupuncture Pregnancy Clinic’s list of Research and Reviews.

Labor and Birth

the journal of fetal maternal and neonatal medicineBREECH BABIES “Acupuncture plus moxibustion to resolve breech presentation: a randomized controlled study.” 2003
Published by the Journal of Fetal Maternal and Neonatal Medicine. This study looked at correcting fetal breech presentation with the stimulation of the acupoint BL67 by moxibustion or acupuncture. The study concluded that acupuncture and moxibustion is effective in revolving foetuses that are in the breech position. READ MORE

Clinicial Studies JAMABREECH BABIES Moxibustion for Correction of Breech Presentation” 1998
Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association1998. This study showed that
98 (75.4%) of the 130 fetuses in the intervention group were cephalic at birth. READ MORE

Insomnia and Sleep

INSOMNIA ZYLY201416 (1)“Insomnia Alleviated By Acupuncture Plus Herbs”
Published in the Clinical Journal of Chinese Medicine. This study showed that acupuncture combined with Chinese herbal medicine is effective for the treatment of insomnia. A randomized-controlled study of 200 patients that received acupuncture and herbal medicine achieved a total effective rate of 93% improved sleep time and sleep quality. READ MORE.

Menopause

MENOPAUSE: “Effects of acupuncture on hot flashes in per-menopausal and postmenopausal women-a multi center randomized clinical trial”
Published in the the Journal of North American Menopause Society. This study looks at the effectiveness of acupuncture for the relief of hot flashes and menopause-related symptoms. The study concluded that acupuncture marked clinical improvements in hot flashes and other menopause-related symptoms. READ MORE

Mental Health

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ANXIETY: Clinical research on the therapeutic effect of the electro-acupuncture treatment in patientwith depression”

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journal-of-jinan-universityDEPRESSION: Acupuncture outperforms drugs for the depression total cure rate with no serious adverse effects.

Published Researchers from Jinan University (Guangzhou, China) conclude that acupuncture is effective for the alleviation of depression. In the study, the acupuncture treatment group achieved a total efficacy rate of 88.9% and the drug control group achieved an efficacy rate of 84.8% READ MORE

Neurological

STROKE JACM“The balance effect of acupuncture therapy among stroke patients.
Published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. This study concluded that for first-ever stroke patients, acupuncture therapy can improve static balance during rehabilitation. READ MORE.

xyxx201312STROKE “A follow-up study of poststroke aphasiarecovery using acupuncture and donepezfil.”
Published in the  Journal of New Medicine. This study showed acupuncture, as a standalone therapy, produced a 46% total effective rate and donepezfil (a cognition enhancing drug) produced a 50% total effective rate. Significantly, the combination of acupuncture with donepezfil produced a 77% total effective rate. READ MORE.

Pain Management

Anhui University of TCMARTHRITIS: “Acupuncture Relieves Rheumatoid Arthritis”
Published by Anhui University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture combined with herbal medicine achieved an 85% total effective rate and drugs achieved a 70% total effective rate. The researchers conclude that acupuncture plus herbs for rheumatoid arthritis is effective, has negligible side effects, lowers inflammatory markers, and significantly relieves symptoms. READ MORE.
CHRONIC PAIN: s_cover_i0415“Acupuncture for Chronic Pain- Individual Patient Data Meta-analysis
Published JAMA Internal Medicine. This study aimed to determine the effect size of acupuncture for 4 chronic pain conditions: back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, chronic headache, and shoulder pain. It concluded that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain and significant differences between true and sham acupuncture indicates that acupuncture is more than a placebo. READ MORE
 MIGRAINES: AJACMa_c“Acupuncture for Migraine: A Systematic Review
Published in the Australian Journal of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.  This study compared acupuncture to sham acupuncture and drug therapies for the treatment of migraines. Evidence suggests that acupuncture is significantly superior or at least as good as sham acupuncture, and of comparable efficiency to several proven drug therapies for the treatment and prevention of migraine. READ MORE
POST OP PAIN cover“Acupuncture Reduces Pain After Surgery”
Published in The Laryngoscope at Stanford University. This study showed patients who received acupuncture during surgery experience less pain and were quicker to return to a normal diet post operation. READ MORE.
SPORTS INJURIES: “ABulletin of Science and Technologycupuncture Frees Movement From Sports Injuries”
Published in the Bulletin of Science and Technology. This study looked at amateur and professional athletes suffering from motor impairments due to the demands of physical training. The researchers concluded that acupuncture combined with herbs is highly effective for the treatment of physical activity induced motility impairments. READ MORE. 

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