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Acupuncture

Research Spotlight

The databases often return hundreds of medical studies for a single wellness approach. This section summarizes a sampling of five studies – providing just a taste of the available research. These Spotlights were not selected because they are the most favorable or the most recent, but to provide you an introduction to the more extensive research you'll uncover searching the four databases found in the “Research” section of this site.

  • Acupuncture Can Help Treat Inflammatory Diseases
    A Rutgers University Medical School study (2014, performed on mice) indicated that electro-acupuncture shows interesting promise for treating inflammatory diseases like sepsis (the major cause of death in hospitals), rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and Crohn's disease.
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  • Tension Headache Relief with Acupuncture
    An updated Cochrane review (2009, 11 trials, 2,317 participants) concludes that acupuncture could be a valuable non-pharmacological tool in patients with frequent episodic or chronic tension-type headaches.
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  • Limited Evidence for Improved IVF Success Rates
    In an overview of the research, some, but limited evidence, suggests acupuncture improves the success rate of in vitro fertilization (IVF).
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  • Meta-Study Reveals Limited Correlation of Acupuncture and Long-Term Smoking Cessation
    A Cochrane review (2014, 38 randomized controlled trials) concluded there was not enough consistent evidence that active acupuncture increased the number of people who could successfully quit smoking. However, some acupuncture techniques may be better than doing nothing, in the short term.
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  • Additional Evidence for Acupuncture and Headaches
    Numerous Cochrane Reviews confirm that acupuncture is effective in treating pain from migraine, neck disorders, tension headaches and osteoarthritis pain.
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