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Acupuncture significantly reduces onset frequency, level and duration of pain, and accompanying symptoms in tension type headache (TTH) patients. Researchers from Guanganmen Hospital (affiliated with China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences) conducted a clinical trial. A special acupuncture point, Yangshang, was used in the treatment protocol for all participants in the medical investigation.

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Acupuncture improves outcomes for patients after a stroke. Research shows that acupuncture inhibits cytotoxic edema, improves nerve function and overall physical condition, and benefits mental well-being for patients after having an intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). This is a type of stroke wherein there is bleeding into brain tissues. ICH occurs in over 10% of all strokes and the mortality rate is over 50%, with approximately half the deaths occurring within two days.

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Acupuncture is effective for the treatment of sarcopenia, a common age-related disorder involving an accelerated rate of muscle loss. Researchers from the department of acupuncture and moxibustion at the Nanjing Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine (affiliated to Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine) conducted a clinical trial. The researchers administered regular nutritional treatments and routine care integrated with electroacupuncture. The results demonstrated that the integral protocol measurably increases skeletal muscle mass, improves muscle function, and regulates body fat and moisture distribution. [1]


Acupuncture restores function, improves gait and posture, and enhances flexibility and coordination in post stroke patients. Researchers from the rehabilitation department of Zhaoqing Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine conducted a clinical trial comprised of 60 stroke patients with lower limb dysfunction. The clinical efficiency of treating post stroke patients with regular rehabilitation therapy and that of electroacupuncture were assessed and compared. The results show that the electroacupuncture method yielded superior patient outcomes. [1]


Acupuncture research reveals major findings this year. From the treatment of sciatica to relief of pain due to uterine adhesions, the research shows the effectiveness of acupuncture for the treatment of many disorders. We cover a few of the most recent major findings that demonstrate the effectiveness of specific acupuncture points for specific conditions in this article.


Acupuncture is clinically effective against migraine headaches. Researchers from Beijing Gulou Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine conducted an investigation and determined that acupuncture prevents migraine headaches. The clinical trial shows a very high efficacy rate. As a result, acupuncture is indicated as a first-line treatment for migraine sufferers. [1]


Acupuncture alleviates diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN), quantified in modern research. Researchers from Weifang People's Hospital of Fangzi District conducted a clinical trial and analyzed the effects of two treatment protocols. The results show that the integral approach of combining acupuncture with routine pharmaceutical care outperformed pharmaceutical monotherapy. [1]


Acupuncture alleviates tinnitus. Researchers from Shanxi Hospital of Acupuncture and Moxibustion and Shanxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine conducted a clinical trial observing the effects of treating tinnitus with regular manual acupuncture and that of electroacupuncture. The results show that the addition of the electrical stimulation yielded superior patient outcomes. [1]

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Acupuncture has been found effective in treating postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), which includes nerve related pain due to herpes shingles. Researchers in Zhejiang Provincial Zhongshan Hospital conducted a clinical trial investigated the efficacy of integrating electroacupuncture treatments with the administration of the pharmaceutical drug pregabalin. The results show that the addition of electroacupuncture to drug therapy improves pain relief, mitigates anxiety, and improves sleep quality in PHN patients. [1]


Acupuncture benefits the recovery process for patients that have had a stroke. Hefei First People’s Hospital conducted a clinical trial and determined an effective acupuncture protocol to improve patients’ neurological function. The research determined that acupuncture also significantly improves serum inflammatory factors and coagulation states. [1] Furthermore, they determined that electroacupuncture produced greater positive patient outcomes over standard care.

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Electroacupuncture is effective in improving the quality of life and mental symptoms in patients withdrawing from amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS). Researchers from Yueyang Hospital of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine (affiliated to Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Shanghai Institute of Rehabilitation for Drug Addiction) conducted a clinical trial assessing the efficacy routine detoxification care and adding electroacupuncture to the regular treatment of patients abstaining from ATS. The latter produced superior outcomes demonstrating that the addition of acupuncture produces superior patient outcomes. [1]


Electroacupuncture is effective for sciatica relief. In a recent study from Henan Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, researchers learned that applying electroacupuncture to GB30 (Huantiao) and GB34 (Yanglingquan) alleviates pain, inhibits inflammation, and improves nerve conduction velocity more effectively than a standard manual acupuncture protocol. [1]


Acupuncture is an effective chronic heart failure (CHF) treatment modality. Researchers from Chuzhou First People’s hospital conducted a clinical trial examining the efficacy of treating CHF patients with standard biomedicine and that of acupuncture plus standard biomedicine. The latter yielded superior patient outcomes. As a result, the researchers conclude that an integrative medicine protocol yields superior patient outcomes. [1]

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Acupuncture is an effective treatment for shoulder periarthritis, a disorder characterized by pain and limited range of motion. Shanxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine researchers conducted a clinical trial on the efficacy of treating acute periarthritis with acupuncture at Yanglingquan (GB34) and Taichong (LV3) acupoints combined with local exercises. This approach utilized the special opposite side of affliction needling techniques, which facilitates shoulder movements during attenuation manipulation methods. The research team compared this approach with a standard acupuncture procedure. The results show that the intergral approach of acupuncture plus special exercises yields superior patients outcomes. [1]

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Acupuncture improves patient outcomes for the treatment of intrauterine adhesions (IUAs). Researchers from the Shanghai University of Traditional Medicine collaborated with Longhua Hospital and Tongji University’s Maternal and Child Care Service Centre investigators in a clinical trial. They compared IUA treatments and discovered that the addition of acupuncture and moxibustion significantly improves patient outcomes for patients receiving standard care.

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Acupuncture is effective for the treatment of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Nanjing Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine researchers compared two groups in a controlled clinical trial. The control had basic lifestyle intervention monotherapy. The second group not had the same lifestyle changes as the control group, but also received electroacupuncture. The latter presented superior patient outcomes.


Acupuncture is effective for preventing skeletal muscle tissue loss for hemodialysis patients. Beijing Huairou Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine researchers investigated the efficacy of a special acupuncture point prescription for the alleviation of sarcopenia in hemodialysis patients. [1] Sarcopenia is the loss of skeletal muscle tissue associated with aging. Sarcopenia is associated with both muscle loss and a decline of muscle strength and overall function. As a result, this condition often results in a lack of independence due to the decline of muscle function over time.

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Acupuncture is effective for the treatment of adenomyosis, a disorder characterized by tissue growing into the uterine wall that normally lines the uterus. This endometrial tissue disorder may not produce symptoms or may lead to heavy or prolonged menstrual flow, local pain, or painful intercourse (dyspareunia).

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Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment protocol for post-stroke urinary incontinence. The two-arm investigation compared electroacupuncture with manual acupuncture and the study was conducted in three hospitals with strict clinical trial controls. The electroacupuncture group had superior patient outcomes.

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Acupuncture has an important role in helping cancer patients after surgery. After stomach or other digestive tract procedures, there may be uncontrollable hiccups that may last for hours, weeks, and even years. This can lead to exhaustion, insomnia, arrhythmias, dehydration, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and many other complications. New research finds acupuncture an effective way to combat this disorder.