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Research Studies


We have provided a list of useful websites, resources and studies for various conditions we see regularly at Sheira Chan Acupuncture.

These studies are meant to show the effectiveness of Acupuncture as a treatment modality. It is not the only therapy available but it is the one we use.

However treatment and our health may require a multi-pronged treatment approach. One treatment modality may not be sufficient. Sheira works with a number of other therapists who can support your Acupuncture treatment and she may refer you if she feels you need additional support.  If you are interested in other therapies and would like to know more please ask Sheira or have a look at our colleagues page

World Health Organisation report 

The World Health Organisation lists a wide variety of diseases or disorders for which acupuncture therapy has been tested in controlled clinical trials ..see report here

National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE)

In their May 2009 report on "Low back pain - Early management of persistent non-specific low back pain"  NICE has suggested GPs' should consider offering patients a course of Acupuncture for managing low back pain. 

British Acupuncture Council

The British Acupuncture Council provide informational fact sheets on a variety of conditions Acupuncture has been proven beneficial. 

Research and studies on Acupuncture 


Arthritis - Acupuncture reduces Knee Osteoarthritis pain


Cancer - Hot Flashes in Anti-Estrogen Breast Cancer Therapy

Coronary Heart Disease - Acupuncture increases blood flow in patients with atherosclerosis


Depression - Acupuncture along with conventional therapies improves patient's outcome 

Depression - The effectiveness and safety of acupuncture therapy in depressive disorders: Systematic review and meta-analysis

Fertility - Acupuncture on day of embryo transfer significantly improves reproductive outcome

Fertility - In 2002, the Paulus Study examined the effect of acupuncture treatment alongside IVF 


Menopause Symptoms - Night sweats, hot flashes, insomnia, mental restlessness 

Menstrual Cramps - Pain relief 


Stroke - Acupuncture Stabilises Balance after Stroke


Chronic Ulcerative Colitis - Inflammatory disease of bowel

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