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HKBU's clinical trial acupuncture proves effectiveness for weight control

(Hong Kong Bapstist University) The School of Chinese Medicine (SCM) of Hong Kong Baptist University recently completed a clinical trial on the use of acupuncture for weight control. After an eight-week treatment, the participants' average body weight decreased by 2.47 kg, with a weight loss of 7.2 kg for the most successful participant, whose body mass index dropped by 3.2 kg/m2. The trial was initial testimony to the effectiveness of acupuncture for controlling the weight of adults.
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

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Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
Authors: Yang X, Guo Z, Lu J, Zhao B, Fei Y, Li J, Jiang H, Sun L, Wang Y, Sun Y, Bao T Abstract Acupuncture has demonstrated the function in ameliorating depressive-like behaviors via modulating PKA/CREB signaling pathway. To further confirm the antidepressant mechanism of EA on the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and dopaminergic synapse signaling pathways, 4 target proteins were detected based on our previous iTRAQ analysis. Rats were randomly divided into control group, model group, and electroacupuncture (EA) group. Except for the control group, all rats were subjected to 28 days of chronic restraint s...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
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Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
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Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
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Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
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Source: Scandinavian Journal of Pain - Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: research
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Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
Condition:   Chemotherapy Effect Interventions:   Other: Stiper;   Other: acupuncture;   Other: Control Sponsor:   Federal University of São Paulo Recruiting
Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
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Source: European Neurology - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
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Source: Nature - Category: Research Authors: Tags: News Source Type: research
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