Acupuncture Research

Comparison of acupuncture and drugs for pain relief
An acupuncture trial conducted in four Melbourne emergency departments found it as effective as drugs in relieving low back pain, migraines and ankle sprain pain. web link

Neuro-biological mechanism of acupuncture for musculoskeletal pain and healing.
This study explores the science behind how acupuncture works to improve healing and reduce pain. web link

Acupuncture for chronic pain
Study showing the efficacy of acupuncture for the treatment of chronic pain.  web link

Acupuncture for migraines and recurrent headaches
Patients using acupuncture for migraine and tension-type headache showed significant improvements over those in the control group. web link

Acupuncture for depression
Study showing the positive effects of acupuncture on its own and with counseling for depression. web link

Acupuncture for Chronic Fatigue
Study showing the benefit of acupuncture treatment for chronic and idiopathic fatigue. web link

Acupuncture for improvement of memory and reduction of anxiety
Study conducted on 90 university students to investigate the effects of acupuncture on memory and anxiety. The acupuncture group showed reduced anxiety and improved memory immediately after treatment. web link

Acupuncture for chronic pain (osteoarthritis, shoulder pain, headache, back/neck pain)
A systematic review was conducted to identify randomized controlled trials of acupuncture for chronic pain. Meta-analyses from individual patient data was conducted from 29 studies. A total of 17,922 patients were analyzed. Results showed that acupuncture has a significant effect on the treatment of chronic pain. web link

Acupuncture and regulation of gastrointestinal function
A systematic review of studies conducted between 2005 and 2015 showing the mechanisms underlying the benefits of acupuncture on GI function may be associated with the pathways and transmitters of the nervous system. web link

MRI shows acupuncture modulates brain activity
Article that discusses research showing the neural effects of acupuncture. web link

General Articles

Reasons to try acupuncture – Coastal Acupuncture & Wellness
Acupuncture for Chronic Pain – Harvard Health Publications
Acupuncture for knee pain – CBS New York
Science of Acupuncture – Brain Blogger
Acupuncture for anxiety – Everyday Health