Research

Acupuncture is one of the most extensively studied and widely researched therapies in the world. Because of its mysterious history and far-reaching medical applications, the mechanisms of acupuncture’s effects have been rigorously studied for over 60 years.

Below you will find links to the most current scientific evidence available regarding acupuncture’s effectiveness for various health issues.

Acupuncture for Pain

https://www.evidencebasedacupuncture.org/present-research/pain-2/

“For acute pain, a systematic review of 13 trials found that acupuncture was more effective than both sham needling and injection with painkillers.”

“In a 2-year retroactive survey of over 89,000 patients published in 2016, 93% of patients said that their acupuncturist had been successful in treating their musculoskeletal pain.”

“For chronic pain, in the largest study of its kind to date, 454,920 patients were treated with acupuncture for headache, low back pain, and/or osteoarthritis in an open pragmatic trial. Effectiveness was rated as marked or moderate in 76% of cases by the 8,727 treating physicians.”

“A follow up study with this data looking at long-term pain relief, found that the benefits of acupuncture persisted 12 months after treatment ended.”

“Acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain and is therefore a reasonable referral option.”

Heart and Circulatory System

https://www.evidencebasedacupuncture.org/present-research/heart-and-circulatory-system/

“[The research] shows – without doubt – the vital role of acupuncture in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases”:

  • Ischemic heart disease and angina pectoris
  • Arrhythmia
  • Hypertension

 

Lungs and Respiratory System

https://www.evidencebasedacupuncture.org/present-research/lungs-and-respiratory-system/

Research showing acupuncture’s efficacy in reducing and managing inflammation indicates that acupuncture is an effective tool to treat inflammation-related respiratory diseases such as:

  • Asthma
  • Allergies

 

Digestive System and Metabolism

https://www.evidencebasedacupuncture.org/present-research/digestive-system-and-%20metabolism/

These articles present data from clinical trials researching the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of digestive System disorders including:

• Acid reflux
• Nausea and vomiting
• Irritable bowel syndrome
• Inflammatory bowel diseases (crohn’s, colitis, diverticulitis) • Obesity
• Diabetes
• Gout
• Cholelithiasis (gallstones)

 

Inflammation and immunity

https://www.evidencebasedacupuncture.org/present-research/acupuncture-antiinflammatory-%20effect-and-immunomodulation/

“Acupuncture seems to regulate various processes simultaneously, and is potentially very important method modulating immunity and inflammatory response of the body.”

 

Psycho-emotional States

https://www.evidencebasedacupuncture.org/present-research/psycho-emotional-state/

“[Research] showing effectiveness and mechanisms of acupuncture’s influence on [the] human mind.”

 

Kidneys and Urinary Tract

https://www.evidencebasedacupuncture.org/kidneys-and-urinary-tract/

“This article shortly summarizes existing evidence concerning the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating diseases of urinary tract [and Kidneys] and its mechanisms of action”:

  • Renal Colic
  • Chronic Dialysis Symptoms
  • Child nighttime bedwetting

 

The Male Reproductive System

https://www.evidencebasedacupuncture.org/present-research/male-reproductive-system/

This article shows results of clinical trials researching the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of reproductive system in men. The beneficial influence of acupuncture on the production of semen as well as its effectiveness in treating prostate diseases are presented.

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