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A-Z of Research by Disease/Condition

We have included some research and other articles here for your reference.  Research in any field is ongoing and at times the results can be conflicting.  The studies we have listed are by no means exhaustive, we recommend you also do your own research to enable you to make an informed decision.

Research in the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine has its difficulties.  While in TCM we always aim to use a holistic approach, tailoring the treatment to the individual, it is very difficult to use this approach in a study.  This means that the treatments that are being evaluated in trials are often different from what would be seen in a clinical situation. "In an attempt to create repeatable acupuncture protocols for clinical trials, many studies simplify and/or modify clinical practice (e.g., limit individualization of treatments, restrict use of co-interventions such as moxibustion, and impose restrictive standard operating procedures, such as limited patient-practitioner interaction).[1]"

Further, the mechanism by which acupuncture works isn't yet fully understood.  This means that when deciding how to do sham acupuncture as a control in a study, it isn't clear which aspects of treatment need to be controlled.  In some studies, verum acupuncture and sham acupuncture give similar results, which leads to claims that acupuncture is nothing more than placebo.  However,  "sham acupuncture treatments have consistently been shown to have greater therapeutic effects than conventional placebos [710]." [2] which leads to speculation that "sham" acupuncture may not in fact be "sham" and some of the therapeutic aspects of acupuncture have not been removed from "sham" acupuncture, hence the similar results.  

Finally, some of the research into TCM is of poor quality and can also be biased.  These are some issues to bear in mind when researching.  The links below are provided for your information and should not be interpreted as a claim that TCM can treat the condition in question.  If you would like to know whether we can treat your condition, please contact us.

1, 2. Paradoxes in Acupuncture Research: Strategies for Moving Forward, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 180805, 11 pages, http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/180805


A

Acid Reflux

Acne

Addiction of alcohol and tobacco 

Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy

Alzheimer's Disease

Arthritis

Asthma

Anxiety and Low Mood 


B

Back pain 

Bell's Palsy 

Biliary colic  

Breech babies - Malposition of fetus


C

Cancer (palliative and supportive care)

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 

Chilblains

Chronic Pain 

Colitis

Constipation

Cardiovascular disease

Cystitis 


D

Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)  

Dentistry pain (including dental pain and temporomandibular 

dysfunction) 

Dysentery, acute bacillary

Dysmenorrhoea, primary


E

Endometriosis 

Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)  


F

Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders) 

Fatigue/Low Energy

Frozen ShoulderPeriarthritis of shoulder



G


Gastritis (acute and chronic) 

Gastrospasm  

Gastric ulcer - peptic ulcer  


H

Hay fever  

Headaches

High blood pressure/Hypertension 


I

Induction of labour

Infertility 

Insomnia 

Irritable bowel Syndrome (IBS) 

IVF Support 


K

Knee pain 


L

Labour preparation

Leukopenia 

Lower back pain 


M

Malposition of fetus, correction of

Migraines 

Menopause 

Morning Sickness


N

Nausea

Neck pain 

Neuralgia 


P

Peptic ulcer  

Periarthritis of shoulder 

Period pain

Polycystic ovaries

Postoperative pain 

Pregnancy care


R

Recurrent Miscarriage 

Renal colic

Rheumatoid arthritis 


S

Sciatica

Shoulder pain/injury

Sinusitis

Sperm disorders 

Sprain

Stroke


T

Tennis elbow 

Tendonitis 


V

Vomiting


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