Articles, Research & News on Traditional Chinese Medicine

There is a general lack of scientific evidence concerning TCM (Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Tuina, Moxibustion, etc) and we need large, well designed studies so that we can learn more. Most studies suggest that acupuncture is better than no treatment at all, but because studies are often small it's hard to be sure of any results. We should try and keep up with all modern scientific research and news.

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The Science of Acupuncture - BBC Documentary - Traditional Chinese Medicine


Nobel Prize in Medicine: Ancient Chinese mystic led Youyou Tu to develop prizewinning anti-malaria drug
“A fourth-century Chinese mystic who lived at the time when Britain was still part of the Roman Empire provided a key insight into an anti-malaria drug that has been honoured in the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine.”

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK - Acupuncture
“Acupuncture is used to treat pain and some other symptoms of cancer and the side effects of treatment. Acupuncture is a treatment that involves putting fine needles into the body at particular points. The needles are left in place for a short time and then removed. Acupuncture can help with some physical problems such as pain and feeling sick. It can also help to reduce symptoms such as anxiety...”

British Acupuncture Council

BAcC: Cancer care
“Cancer and the treatments for cancer are associated with various symptoms. Fatigue is the most common symptom reported by survivors of cancer (Johnston 2007). Forty percent of people with early or intermediate stage cancer, and 90% with advanced cancer, have moderate to severe pain; up to 70% of those with cancer pain do not receive adequate pain relief (Paley 2011)...”

MyChild™ at

“... The most comprehensive study of acupuncture and children was funded by the National Institutes of Health and performed by the University of Arizona Pediatrics Department. The study involved several children; its goal was to determine to what extent muscle hypertonicity could be eliminated. One child in the study had severely tight muscles that were impeding the development of his internal organs. The 5-year-old had limited vocal ability, and his affect was more or less flat. He underwent acupuncture at seven channels on his lower and upper extremities; the treatment lasted a few hours. Researchers noted a decrease in hypertonicity that was short in duration...”


BBC: Why are some of the world’s top athletes, such as US swimmer Michael Phelps, using Fire Cupping?
“The main benefits are encouraging the inflammatory response of the body and speeding up muscular and soft tissue recovery after injury and strain. Cupping therapy has widened significantly though in the last few years and newer techniques are being used for conditions and diseases away from sports therapy such as migraines and eczema.”

Caroline Cai in The Journal of Chinese Medicine And Acupuncture
“Two articles one in Chinese and one in English: 1) 善用血府逐瘀系列治疗子宫内膜异位症及其所致不孕症 [Helping Infertility with Endometriosis by Chinese Herbal Medicine] 2) Discussion on Senile Constipation with Hypertension”

Read articles in extract of Journal: PDF (600Kb)