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Acupuncture plus electroacupuncture has been proven effective for the treatment of peripheral facial paralysis (PFP). This condition is also termed Bell’s palsy. In a recent study, researchers from Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Clinical Medical College of Acupuncture, Moxibustion, and Rehabilitation) conducted a clinical experiment. They compared warm needle acupuncture monotherapy with warm needle acupuncture plus electroacupuncture. The combined treatment protocol demonstrated superior patient outcomes. [1]

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Acupuncture demonstrates clinical efficacy in relieving symptoms for patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN). Researchers from Ruzhou Jiren Diabetes Hospital and First People's Hospital of Ruzhou conducted a clinical study and analyzed the effects of two treatment protocols. The results show that the integral approach of combining warm needle acupuncture with vitamin B-12 supplements outperforms vitamin B-12 monotherapy. [1]


Acupuncture is effective for alleviating depression. Researchers investigated the efficacy of adding acupuncture to standard drug therapy protocols. The results show increased response to treatment with lower levels of depression and overall symptoms.

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Acupuncture is effective for regulating levels of inflammatory cytokines and relieving discomfort and pain in patients with cervicogenic headaches. Researchers from Beijing Anzhen Hospital Affiliated to Capital Medical University and Shandong Shengli Oilfield Hospital conducted a clinical trial comparing the efficacy of electro -warm needle acupuncture and regular warm needle acupuncture. The electro -warm needle acupuncture treatment yielded superior patient outcomes. [1]

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Acupuncture is effective for treating cervical spondylosis of vertebral artery type (CSA). This disorder is characterized by pain caused by intervertebral disc degeneration plus insufficient vertebral-basal artery blood supply caused by the degenerative changes in the cervical spine.

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Acupuncture is effective for treating incomplete spinal cord injury (iSCI). Researchers from Zhengzhou First People’s Hospital conducted a clinical trial comparing the efficacy of routine physical therapy with routine care plus acupuncture. The results show that the addition of acupuncture improves movement restoration for patients. Upon completion of the study, the total efficacy rate for the acupuncture plus physical therapy group was 86.36% while the routine care group’s was 68.18%. The results indicate that an integrative medicine approach to patient care improves patient outcomes.

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Acupuncture eliminates long COVID symptoms at a high percentage rate. Research demonstrates that acupuncture improves breathing and cognitive function while reducing pain levels and fatigue. The research is consistent with the findings from related investigations.

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Acupuncture is effective for relieving symptoms caused by intestinal obstructions. A recent study compared the efficacy of treating intestinal obstructions with routine biomedical care and acupuncture. The latter yielded superior patient outcomes. [1]

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Acupuncture research and breaking news continues at an ever increasing rate. This summer, three new investigations demonstrate that acupuncture has an important role in integrative medicine. Research demonstrates the effectiveness of acupuncture for the alleviation of sepsis and long COVID-19. In addition, acupuncture has been shown to reduce knee pain and range of motion impairment.

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Acupuncture is effective for reducing side effects caused by chemotherapy. In one investigation, true acupuncture outperformed sham acupuncture for cisplatin-induced nausea and vomiting. In another two independent investigations, the addition of acupuncture to chemotherapy improved white blood cell count and boosted immune function for cancer patients.

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Acupuncture is effective for relieving symptoms and upregulating β-endorphin levels in patients with lumbar disc herniation. Researchers from Heping Hospital affiliated with Zhangzhi Medical School conducted a clinical trial on the efficacy of treating lumbar disc herniation with manual and warm needle acupuncture. The warm needle acupuncture group presented superior patient outcomes. [1]

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Acupuncture is effective for relieving symptoms of scapulohumeral periarthritis. Researchers at the Hainan Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine conducted a clinical trial on the efficacy of acupuncture. The results show that range of motion exercises during acupuncture increase shoulder mobility and flexibility while reducing overall pain levels. [1]

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Acupuncture is effective for the treatment of wrist, hand, and forearm pain and mobility impairment due to moderate triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) injury. The TFCC is comprised of tendons, ligaments, and cartilage that connect the bones of the forearm and wrist. Tears and other forms of damage to the TFCC result in localized pain and decreased mobility of the wrist, hand, and forearm. Key components of the TFCC susceptible to injury are the triangular fibrocartilage disc, radioulnar ligaments, extensor carpi ulnaris sheath, ulnomeniscal homologue, and ulnar collateral ligament.

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Acupuncture is found effective for relieving long COVID symptoms. Medical professionals and researchers find acupuncture effective in facilitating recovery from COVID-19, including the alleviation of chest oppression, coughing, nasal congestion, headaches, fatigue, and the restoration of taste and smell. The results are promising and demonstrate that acupuncture compliments the therapeutic effects of usual care and Chinese herbal medicine.

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Acupuncture alleviates pain and restores function for patients with knee osteoarthritis. Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Clinical Research Center for Acupuncture and Moxibustion, 3rd Teaching Hospital) researchers determined that true acupuncture significantly reduces pain intensity levels and improves function compared with sham and placebo controls.

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Acupuncture increases the total effective rate of the drug moxifloxacin for the relief of sepsis. Researchers from the Guang'anmen Affiliated Hospital of China Academy of Chinese Medical Science combined acupuncture with standard drug therapy. Patients receiving both moxifloxacin injections and acupuncture in a combined treatment protocol had superior patient outcomes compared with patients receiving only moxifloxacin. The researchers conclude that the addition of acupuncture to a moxifloxacin treatment regimen reduces body temperature, mitigates inflammatory responses, and improves immune system function in patients with pneumonia-induced sepsis by activating the cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway. [1]

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Acupuncture integrated with repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation is effective for the treatment of primary trigeminal neuralgia (PTN). In a recent study, researchers from Hebei Xingtai Rehabilitation Hospital compared the efficacy of treating PTN with electroacupuncture combined with repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation, regular electroacupuncture, repeated transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), and carbamazepine tablets. The results show that the integrative method outperforms other treatment protocols in terms of alleviating pain, promoting life quality, and improving sleep. [i]

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Acupuncture is effective for relieving chronic shoulder pain. Meiji University of Integrative Medicine (Kyoto, Japan) researchers find true acupuncture more effective than sham acupuncture for the relief of chronic shoulder pain CSP. In another study by Shi et al., acupuncture combined with Mulligan Manual Therapy (MMT) relieved rotator cuff injuries and demonstrated superior patient outcomes to using MMT alone.

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Acupuncture is effective for the treatment of fibromyalgia. In one study, acupuncture demonstrated a significantly higher total effective rate for the treatment of fibromyalgia than the standard pharmaceutical therapy of amitriptyline. In another study, researchers found that acupuncture plus moxibustion produces superior treatment outcomes to tramadol and amitriptyline. Learn about acupuncture CEU continuing education and fibromyalgia at HealthCMi online.

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Acupuncture integrated with moxibustion is effective for relieving symptoms and reducing inflammatory factors in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Researchers at the Affiliated Hospital of Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine investigated the effectiveness of routine biomedical treatment and that of warm needle acupuncture combined with routine care. The results showed that warm needle acupuncture administered in an integrated protocol with biomedicine outperformed routine care monotherapy by 12.5%. [i]