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Studies on Acupuncture

Over 4,000 scientific studies have been published on the efficacy of acupuncture, and counting.

The Acupuncture Evidence Project established the effectiveness of acupuncture for 117 conditions.

Below is a very small list of some of the completed studies on the effectiveness of acupuncture - a proven medicine that has been used for thousands of years before anyone knew what a double-blind study was!


Acupuncture can increase the success rate of IVF & the number of viable pregnancies & decrease nausea from IVF and morning sickness.

British Medical Journal, 2008: 336:545, February 7, 2008.

Acupuncture has been shown to relieve both acute and chronic pain, including: back pain, neck pain, headaches, and osteoarthritis.

Archives of Internal Medicine 2012 Sep 10:1-10

Patients receiving acupuncture had less pain for neck, back, shoulder, headache, and osteoarthritis conditions.

Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19)1444-1453. doi: 10.1001/archinternmed.2012.3654

Acupuncture lowers the stress hormones in the body - good for stress, to prevent aging, and for weight loss!

Acupuncture can turn a breech baby.

Acupuncture plus moxibustion is more effective than observation in revolving fetuses in breech presentation. Such a method appears to be a valid option for women willing to experience a natural birth.

J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2004 Apr;15(4):247-52.

Effective for restless leg syndrome.

Actigraph Evaluation of Acupuncture for Treating Restless Legs Syndrome

Weidong Pan, Mingzhe Wang, Mao Li, Qiudong Wang, Shin Kwak, Wenfei Jiang, and Yoshiharu Yamamoto

The anti-inflammatory effect of acupuncture is a key analgesic mechanism of reducing pain.

B. X. Jin, L. L. Jin, and G.-Y. Jin, “The anti-inflammatory effect of acupuncture and its significance in analgesia,” World Journal of Acupuncture - Moxibustion, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 1–6, 2019.

Acupuncture is effective as first-line or adjunct medication for treatment of chronic inflammation associated disorders such as allergic rhinitis, anxiety, asthma, atherosclerosis, and associated myocardial infarction, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, stress, and Crohn’s disease. 

Clinical Events Associated with Acupuncture Intervention for the Treatment of Chronic Inflammation Associated Disorders

Hua Bai, Senlei Xu, Qiulan Wu, Shanshan Xu, Ke Sun, Jiahong Wu, Xuefeng Xia, Yuchen Liu, Hongru Zhang, and Shengfeng Lu

Acupuncture has a long tradition in the treatment of asthma.

L.-M. Yin, Y. Wang, L. Fan et al., “Efficacy of acupuncture for chronic asthma: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial,” Trials, vol. 16, no. 1, 2015.

Stimulation at Neiguan and Ximen acupoints resulted in a decrease of the rate of major adverse cardiac/cerebrovascular events after a two-year follow-up.

Q. Wang, D. Liang, F. Wang et al., “Efficacy of electroacupuncture pretreatment for myocardial injury in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention: a randomized clinical trial with a 2-year follow-up,” International Journal of Cardiology, vol. 194, pp. 28–35, 2015.

A case study on ductal carcinoma in situ breast carcinoma regressed by 75% over a treatment period of 15 months, including acupuncture, herbs, and  a prescribed diet. 

R. Dehen, “Regression of ductal carcinoma in situ after treatment with acupuncture,” The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, vol. 19, no. 11, pp. 911–915, 2013.

A single acupuncture treatment at bilateral acupuncture point Shen Men showed a reduction in stress hormones and heart rate compared to existing reference data.

J. Fleckenstein, P. Krüger, and K.-P. Ittner, “Effects of single-point acupuncture (HT7) in the prevention of test anxiety: results of a RCT,” PLoS One, vol. 13, no. 8, article e0202659, 2018.

Acupuncture and moxibustion can have significant therapeutic benefits in patients with Crohn’s disease.

H. Lai, K. Wang, Q. Dong, X. Zhu, X. Li, and S. Qi, “Traditional Chinese medicine for management of recurrent and refractory Crohn disease: a case report,” Medicine (Baltimore), vol. 98, no. 15, p. e15148, 2019.

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