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Acupuncture is effective for alleviating symptoms following percutaneous transforaminal endoscopic discectomy (PTED) in patients with prolapse of a lumbar intervertebral disc. PTED is a type of microdiscectomy surgical procedure, often used for the treatment of lumbar disk herniations, and is associated with reduced blood loss, improved recovery times and rehabilitation, and less scarring associated with more conventional open microdiscectomy procedures.


Acupuncture is an effective treatment for hives (urticaria). Zhejiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine researchers compared medication with acupuncture. The study provides valuable insights into the efficacy of acupuncture as it proves that acupuncture alleviates symptoms and improves immunological responses for patients with urticaria.

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Acupuncture is effective for mitigating symptoms, controlling asthma, and improving nasal cavity and lung function in patients with combined allergic rhinitis and asthma syndromes (CARAS). Researchers at the Wuhan Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine conducted a clinical study comparing pharmaceutical monotherapy to the integrated protocol of combining biomedicine and warm needle acupuncture for the treatment of CARAS. The results of the experiment indicate that the combined therapy that includes acupuncture produces superior patient outcomes.


Acupuncture is effective for treating intracerebral hemorrhage. An intracerebral hemorrhage is a type of stroke wherein a hematoma is formed within the brain. Researchers from the hospital affiliated with the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine conducted a clinical trial comparing usual care to the combined therapy of usual care plus electroacupuncture. The results indicate that the integrated protocol using acupuncture increases nerve efficiency and mental clarity while lowering serum-AQP4. Research indicates early stages of cytotoxic edema may be ameliorated by AQP4 inhibition.

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Acupuncture provides immediate pain relief for patients with acute gouty arthritis (AGA) when paired with a low dose of diclofenac, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Researchers from Longhua Hospital affiliated with Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine conducted a clinical trial with 90 AGA patients. The researchers compared the efficacy of a low dose diclofenac treatment, a regular dose diclofenac treatment, and a combination of electroacupuncture and a low dose diclofenac treatment. The results indicate that the integrated approach using acupuncture achieved more significant pain relief with fewer adverse reactions. [1]


Acupuncture is effective for the treatment of ulcerative colitis. In a controlled study incorporating lab results documenting beneficial changes in pro-inflammatory cytokine levels, researchers at the Tangshan Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine determined that warm needle acupuncture integrated with the use of the pharmaceutical drug omeprazole outperforms the sole use of omeprazole for the alleviation of ulcerative colitis. [1]


Acupuncture outperforms standard treatment for routine menstrual pain relief. Researchers at the Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital of Hanzhong conducted a controlled clinical trial comparing the effects of warm needle acupuncture combined with routine pharmaceuticals to standard biomedicine monotherapy for the relief of primary dysmenorrhea. The addition of acupuncture into a treatment regimen significantly improved patient outcomes.

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Acupuncture is effective for the treatment of tinnitus induced by cervical spine disorders. Researchers at the Second Affiliated Hospital of Heilongjiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine compared the efficacy of treating tinnitus with warm needle acupuncture following the Xunjing Yuanjin Quxue principle to standard manual acupuncture procedures. Warm needle acupuncture outperformed manual acupuncture with an 86.67% total effective rate, higher than that of the control group at 76.67%. [1]


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]