Title: German Randomized Acupuncture Trial for chronic shoulder pain (GRASP) - a pragmatic, controlled, patient-blinded, multi-centre trial in an outpatient care environment.
Conclusion: "...The trial indicates that Chinese acupuncture is an effective alternative to conventional orthopaedic treatment for [Chronic Shoulder Pain]"
Title: Hippocampal gene expression in a rat model of depression after electroacupuncture at the Baihui and Yintang acupoints
Conclusion: "These results indicate that electroacupuncture at Baihui and Yintang modulates depression by regulating the expression of particular genes"
Title: Effect of Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture on Facial Elasticity: An Open-Label, Single-Arm Pilot Study
Conclusion: "A significant improvement after [Facial cosmetic acupuncture] treatment was evident according to mean change in Moire topography criteria"
Title: Cost-effectiveness of acupuncture in women and men with allergic rhinitis: a randomized controlled study in usual care.
Conclusion: “…Acupuncture, supplementary to routine care, was beneficial and, according to international benchmarks, cost-effective…”
Low Back Pain
Title: German Acupuncture Trials (GERAC) for chronic low back pain: randomized, multicenter, blinded, parallel-group trial with 3 groups.
Conclusion: “Low back pain improved after acupuncture treatment for at least 6 months. Effectiveness of acupuncture, either verum or sham, was almost twice that of conventional therapy.”
Title: Acupuncture for irritable bowel syndrome: primary care based pragmatic randomised controlled trial
Conclusion: “Acupuncture for irritable bowel syndrome provided an additional benefit over usual care alone. The magnitude of the effect was sustained over the longer term. Acupuncture should be considered as a treatment option to be offered in primary care alongside other evidenced based treatments.”
Title: Acupuncture in Patients with Headache
Conclusion: “… Acupuncture plus routine care in patients with headache was associated with marked clinical improvements compared with routine care alone.”
Title: Acupuncture in patients with dysmenorrhea: a randomized study on clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness in usual care.
Conclusion: “Additional acupuncture in patients with dysmenorrhea was associated with improvements in pain and quality of life as compared to treatment with usual care alone and was cost-effective within usual thresholds.”
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Title: A randomized clinical trial of acupuncture versus oral steroids for carpal tunnel syndrome: a long-term follow-up.
Conclusion: “This article demonstrates that short-term acupuncture treatment may result in long-term improvement in mild-to-moderate idiopathic CTS. Acupuncture treatment can be considered as an alternative therapy to other conservative treatments for those who do not opt for early surgical decompression.”
Title: Randomized controlled trials of acupuncture for neck pain: systematic review and meta-analysis.
Conclusion: “The quantitative meta-analysis conducted in this review confirmed the short-term effectiveness and efficacy of acupuncture in the treatment of neck pain. Further studies that address the long-term efficacy of acupuncture for neck pain are warranted.”
Title: Effect of acupuncture or acupressure on quality of life of patients with chronic obstructive asthma: a pilot study
Conclusion: “Patients with clinically stable, chronic obstructive asthma experienced clinically significant improvements in quality of life when their standard care was supplemented with acupuncture or acupressure.”