James Saper R.TCM.P.
Links to recently published research
Mar.02.2017 Research comparing real acupuncture and sham shows acupuncture rewires the brain to produce long-term improvement in carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms.
Feb.01.2017 Chinese clinic report documents TCM treatment of nine AIDS patients resulting in undetectable to low viral loads ten years after treatment.
Jan.23.2017 Meta-analysis with over 17,000 patients find acupuncture effective for chronic pain and depression.
Dec.19.2016 Researchers at Michigan State University find artemisinin - an extract from Atemisia capillaris (Yin Chen Hao) - effective in preventing dormancy in Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Nov.02.2016 University of California research investigates mechanisms for acupuncture's blood pressure lowering effects.
Sept.08.2016 University of Adelaide research investigates the anti-cancer mechanisms of compound kushen injection, a chinese herbal formula
Sept.02.2016 National Institutes of Health review finds positive outcomes with acupuncture treatments for back and knee pain
Aug.30.2016 John Hopkins University research improves anticancer properties of Tripterygium wilfordii (Lei Gong Teng) extract by adding sugar molecule June.09.2016 Lab research at Fudan University finds Dan Shen (Salviae miltiorrhiza) blocks lung fibrosis in mice
May.25.2016 University of Southampton begins clinical trial on the treatment of recurrent urinary tract infections with Chinese Medicine
May.17.2016 Randomized study finds Tai Chi as effective for knee osteoarthritis pain as standard treatments
Nov.4.2015 Acupuncture & Alexander Technique found effective in reducing neck pain in randomized, controlled U.K. study
Aug.31.2015 Meta-analysis research finds herbal formula Shenqi Fuzheng increases efficacy and reduces side-effects of lung cancer radiation treatments
Aug.24.2015 Randomized controlled study compares acupuncture and Gabapentin in reducing menopausal hot flashes
Aug.19.2015 U.S. Clinical study finds acupuncture provides lasting decrease in blood pressure
July.21.2015 Animal research published in Endocrinology finds acupuncture reduces stress hormone production
June.26.2015 A systematic review find acupuncture more effective than placebo in treating dermatological conditions
April.07.2015 Stanford University research finds acupuncture reduces tonsillectomy pain Mar.30.2015 Research from Yale School of Medicine finds Huang Qin Tang formula enhances the anti-tumor activity of cancer drug Nexavar
Feb.25.2015 Queensland University of Technology research finds extract from Lithospermum erythrorhizon (Zi Cao) reduces scar formation Jan.26.2015 Lab studies on electroacupuncture identify cartilage protective effect Jan.20.2015 Lab research published in Science Journal finds extract from S. tetrandra (Han Fang Ji) effective against the Ebola virus Jan.27.2015 New Zealand Lab research finds Butein (an antioxidant from Toxicodendron vernicifluum) improves glucose tolerance and brain insulin signaling Jan.01.2015 Systematic review of over 2000 patients finds acupuncture helpful for allergic rhinitis October.07.2014 Anti-viral properties of Lonica japonica published August.01.2014 Laboratory research on Salviae miltiorrhizae (danshen) and Carthami tinctorii (honghua) find neuroprotective effects
July.30.2014 University of Pennsylvania study evaluates the effect of electroacupuncture on fatigue, sleep, and psychological distress in breast cancer survivors
July.14.2014 Meta-analysis research finda acupuncture reduces severity and frequency of menopausal hot flashes
May.16.2014 Study using PET scans shows acu-point stimulation produces stronger neural activity than sham points.
May.9.2014 Preliminary research find acupuncture reduces pain and anxiety during endoscopy
Apr.26.2014 Small-scale randomized study finds electro-acupuncture helpful in the treatment of Parkinson's
Apr.14.2014 A multicentre, open label, randomized controlled trial finds Chinese herb Triprterygium wilfordii (Lei Gong Teng) as effective as methotrexate in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis
Mar.24.2014 Lab research suggests acupuncture can protect brain neurons from heroin induced injury Mar.11.2014 Research on Australian Cane Toad Venom finds it selectively targets prostate cancer cells. Feb.28.2014 Lab studies on Electroacupuncture find improvements in cardiac function and recovery in Chronic Heart Failure Feb.23.2014 Lab research at Rutgers University investigates acupuncture's role in mediating immune system response Feb.11.2014 Lab studies investigate extract from Huang Bai (Phellodendron amurense) in the treatment of pancreatic cancer
Jan.20.2014 Extract of Scutellaria bicalensis found to have protective effect on gums and teeth. Jan.02.2014 University of California researchers find Corydalis yanhusuo extract to have non-addictive, analgesic effect on inflammatory and neuropathic pain Dec.30.2013 Phase contrast CT imaging research finds increased microvasculature at acupuncture point locations Nov.27.2013 Herbal formula Buyang Huanwu's mechanism for treating stroke investigated in lab research
Oct.28.2013 Randomized controlled study measures acupuncture's effect on joint pain in breast cancer patients taking aromatase inhibitors.
Sept.24.2013 Randomized controlled study evaluates acupuncture and counselling as adjunct therapies for depression
Aug.29.2013 Lab research on electro acupuncture documents anti-tumor & anti-metastatic effects in treating osteosarcoma tumor growth
Aug.18.2013 Lab research finds the herbal formula Sang Qi reduces cardial fibrosis induced by hypertension in rats
Aug.01.2013 Prospective, observational study finds acupuncture reduces hot flashes in women receiving anti-estrogen therapy
July.03.2013 UK - China joint research investigates the antitumor effects of the herbal formula Yangzheng Xiaoji.
June.12.2013 Laboratory study of Chinese herbal formula Ji Sui Kang investigates its use in spinal cord injuries
June.05.2013 An observational study of 23 lung cancer patients, the finds acupuncture provided improvements in pain, nausea, anxiety and well-being
June.01.2013 Inflammatory Bowel Disease research finds electro-acupuncture has anti-inflammatory and symptom reduction effects in rats
May.31.2013 Controlled fMRI study confirms acupoint's ability to regulate vision
May.31.2013 Lab research finds electro-acupuncture improves hyperglycemia in rats
Apr.12.2013 Randomized, controlled study evaluates acupuncture effectiveness in treating Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
Mar.12.2013 Randomized, controlled study examines acupuncture's hormone regulation in women with PCOS
Feb.27.2013 Australian - Chinese study finds Chinese herbal formula plus Glibenclamide significantly reduces hypoglycemia risk in type 2 diabetes patients
Feb.14.2013 Study assesses moxibustion treatment for chronic fatigue, measures antioxidant effect
Oct.29.2012. British study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology finds acupuncture helps with cancer related fatigue
Oct.24.2012. Largest trial to date on treating radiotherapy induced dry mouth with acupuncture finds treatment beneficial
Sept.10.2012 Systematic review of over 17000 patients finds acupuncture effective in treating chronic pain
Sept.03.2012 Functional MRI investigates acupunctures potential to treat Parkinson's disease.
Aug.20.2012 Researchers evaluate cost savings of acupuncture as replacement for knee surgery
Aug.13.2012 An extract from the Chinese herb, Tripterygium wilfordii - lei gong teng studied by UK researchers in the treatment of prostate cancer.
June.20.2012 Randomized controlled study finds Tai Chi increases brain size and improves memory
May.16.2012 Randomized study finds acupuncture helpful in treating symptoms of COPD.
Apr.19.2012 Published systematic review finds TCM as effective as anti-obesity drugs with fewer side effects
Apr.09.2012 Researchers map acupuncture's effect on different regions of the brain
Mar.21.2012 UK Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists reviews Chinese Medicine for Chronie Pelvic Pain
Feb.09.2012 Randomized, controlled study finds Tai Chi improves balance, stability in Parkinson's patients
Jan.09.2012 CMAJ published study looks at acupuncture's effects on migraine management
Dec.05.2011 Pilot study finds acupuncture reduces chemo-induced nerve pain
Nov.11.2011 Systematic Review published by the American Academy of Pediatrics finds acupuncture safe when performed by trained practitioners
Oct.10.2011 University of York to study acupuncture and Alexander Technique treatment for chronic neck pain.
Oct.10.2011 Systematic review on Chinese Medicine and infertility finds 3.5 greater likeihood of conception compared to Western Medical treatments
Aug.16.2011 A randomized trail finds Traditional Chinese herbs comparable to Tamiflu in treating H1N1 fevers.
AAug.02.2011 Lab studies with synthetic bear bile found to potentially treat heart arrhythmias.
July.20.2011 Hong Kong Baptist University investigates the efficacy of Gou Teng (Uncaria rhynchophylla) in the treatment of Parkinson's
June.17.2011 New Scientist publishes summary of Parkinson's and IBS research using Chinese herb extracts.
May.27.2011 British researchers find acupuncture helpful in the treatment of medically unexplained symptoms
May.16.2011 Lab studies find active component of Coriolus versicolor inhibits prostate tumor formation
May.11.2011 Lab studies investigate anti-tumor activity of Chinese herb formula, Huang Qin Tang
Apr.01.2011 Acupuncture found to relieve hot flashes due to prostate cancer treatment.
Mar.03.2011 John Hopkins researchers identify anti-cancer, anti-tumor mechanism of Chinese herb, Lei Gong Teng (Tripterygium wilfordii Hook F)
Feb.07.2011 Randomized study from Sewden finds acupuncture helpful for women with poylcystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
Jan.18.2011 Australian government funds integrated Western/Chinese medical centre.
Jan.13.2011 Updated American/British guidelines for fall prevention now include Tai Chi
Nov.16.2010 Acupuncture recognized by UNESCO as a cultural heritage of humanity.
Sep.24.2010 University of Maryland to research cocaine addiction treatment using extract of Yanhusuo (Corydalis yanhusuo)
Aug.23.2010 New York Times publishes overview of acupuncture research
Aug.19.2010 New England Journal of Medicine publishes research on Tai Chi for Fibromyalgia
Aug.18.2010 Lab study finds Chinese formula boosts chemotherapy treatment & limits side-effects.
Aug.16.2010 Joint US and China research finds Chinese meditation technique boosts brain function
June.15.2010 A German pilot study finds acupuncture improves excerise tolerance and recovery
May.30.2010 University of Rochester research identifies role of Andenosine A1 receptors in acupuncture for pain relief
Feb.22.2010 Stanford University research finds acupuncture helpful for depression during pregnancy
Feb.12.2010 NIH funds research in using ursodeoxycholic acid for colorectal cancer prevention.
Feb.04.2010 UK study maps acupuncture's effect on the brain's processing of pain
Jan.06.2010 Randomized, controlled pilot study finds Qigong helpful for diabetes.
Jan.04.2010 Lab research measures acupuncture's effect on brain function after stroke injury
Dec.28.2009 Study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology finds acupuncture as effective as Venlafaxine (Effexor) in controlling hot flashes in breast cancer patients
Dec.17.2009 Chinese media reports on herbal treatment for H1N1
Dec.11.2009 Placebo-controlled study finds acupuncture reduces itch of eczema
Oct.10.09 University of Western Sydney reviews effectiveness of Chinese Herbs in delaying diabetes.
Oct.05.09 Acupuncture's mechanism researched in Australia
Aug.11.2009 Kudzu vine extract reduces alcoholism and prevent relapse in lab tests
Jul.08.2009 Preliminary studies show positive results for Chinese herbs in treatment of endometriosis
June.05.2009 Hydrangea extract research shows potential in the treatment of auto-immune disorders
May.26.2009 UK's National Health Service funds acupuncture treatments for back pain
Mar.14,2009 Researchers at Mount Sinai, New York find TCM effective in the treatment of eczema
Feb.06.2009 Mount Sinai researchers find Chinese herb formula able to stop anaphylaxis reaction to peanuts in mice.
Jan.26.2009 A systematic review by the Cochrane Collaboration finds acupuncture capable of reducing frequency & intensity of chronic headaches
Jan.08.2009 University of Calgary research finds physical activity benefits mental function
Jan.07.2009 Lab study on obesity finds TUDCA (a bile salt) effective in addressing Leptin resistence in mice.
Dec.12.2008 The US National Institutes of Health adds information on complementary medicine to their senior health pages.
Dec.01.200 Duke Univerisity finds acupuncture more effective than medication for chronic headaches
Dec.2008 University of Chicago research investigate use of American Ginseng (Xi Yang Shen) and Notoginseng (San Qi) in treatment of colorectal cancer.
Nov.17.2008 A small study published in Archives of Dermatology finds Qing Dai (Indigo Naturalis) effective in treating psoriasis.
Nov.13.2008 Lab research finds Astragalus boosts immune function for HIV patients.
Oct.02.2008 University of Manchester to study acupressure for chemo-therapy induced nausea
Sep.22.2008 A randomized comparative study finds acupuncture to be effective as an adjuct therapy in breast cancer treatments.
Aug. 25.2008 UMDNJ study finds Qigong has potental as complementary treatment for Osteoarthritis.
July.08.2008 German study involving over 3100 people finds frequency of headaches reduced by 55% with acupuncture treatments
June.15.2008 American Journal of Cardiology study of nearly 5000 people finds Red Yeast Rice extract lowered LDL cholesterol and triglycerides and decreased the recurrence of heart attacks
Apr.23.2008 Anti-diabetic components of the Asian bitter melon Momordica charantia identified in study from the University of New South Wales
Apr.15.2008 British Journal of Cancer reports that Chinese mushroom Phellinus linteus was found to have marked anti-cancer effect in lab studies on breast cancer cells.
Mar.2008 A controlled, randomized study finds acupuncture provided lasting improvement in migraine sufferers over six months. Mar.10.2008 ABC news reports on study looking at TCM treatments for pancreatic cancer
Feb.27.2008 A German study involving 649 women finds acupuncture can help relieve menstrual pain and improve quality of life.
Feb.21.2008 Journal of Clinical Investigation publishes articles on the use of Tumeric extract in high blood pressure and heart attack recovery.
Feb.04.2008 UCLA microbiolgist creates cavity fighting lollipop using extracts from Chinese licorice (Glycyrrhiza uralensis)
Dec.17.2007 University of California research centre finds acupuncture lowers blood pressure by as much as 40 percent
Dec.12.2007 Asian mushroom Ling Zhi Ganoderma lucidum extract found to inhibit prostate cancer growth
Nov.1.2007 Scientific American takes a real look at snake oil and it's Chinese Medicine origins
Oct.17.2007 Cochrane Reviews finds Chinese herbal treatment for menstrual pain promising
Oct.16.2007 Duke University Hospital study finds acupuncture effective for post-operative pain
Oct.8.2007 New York Methodist Hospital begins study on acupuncture for the side effects of prostate cancer treatment.
Oct.10.2007 B.C. government announces plans to cover acupuncture treatments for low income residents.
Sep.24.2007 Archives of Internal Medicine study with over 1000 patients, finds acupuncture more effective for back pain than conventional therapy.
Sep.10.2007 The American College of Chest Physicians recommend acupuncture as an adjunct treatment in the management of Lung Cancer.
July.28.2007 China's Astronaut Research and Training Centre tests the use of Chinese herbs to counter insomnia, bone mineral loss and to boost immunity in astronauts.
July.2007 A two year randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial finds extracts of the Chinese herb Yin yang huo (Epimedium brevicornum maxim) prevents post-menopausal bone loss without affecting estradiol levels or endometial thickness.
June.4.2007 A multi-year U.S. study finds arsenic significantly improves leukemia patients' survival rates in combination with chemotherapy. Its use in Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years led to its development as a leukemia treatment.
June.2.2007 Mayo Clinic research finds North American Ginseng reduces cancer-related fatigue.
May.3.2007 Scientific review finds acupuncture reduces back and pelvic pain during pregnancy.
May.2.2007 Study finding polycystic kidney disease mechanism arrested by extract of Chinese herb, Lie Gong Teng presented at Biology conference in Washington D.C.
Mar.29.2007 A US randomized controlled clinical trial finds acupuncture effective in reducing pain and depression after cancer surgery
Feb.26.2007 Black Soy Beans research points to weight loss and reduction of LDL cholesterol levels by the traditional Asian food
Jan.14.2007 UK media reports of the preparation of clinic trials on medicinal mushroom extracts in the treatment of cancer
Dec.15.2006 The blood pressure lowering ability of the herb Dan Shen (Radix Salvia miltiorrhizae) published in the American Journal of Physiology.
Oct.30.2006 Arthritis and Rheumatism publishes study that finds acupuncture substantially improves treatments of chronic hip and knee pain.
Oct 28.2006 Globe and Mail publishes article on the Traditional Chinese Medicine practice of cupping
Sep.25.2006 A study finding acupuncture treatments effective for treating hot flashes is reported in Reuters
Sep.15.2006 British study finds acupuncture has long lasting benefits in the treatment of low back pain.
Aug.12.2006 BBC News reports on studies that support Chinese medicine's use of Berberine to treat type 2 Diabetes.
Jul.19.2006 A systematic review by The Cochrane Collaboration finds the acupuncture reduces chronic neck pain.
TCM Research Summaries
There is a great deal of modern research that is being done of the effectiveness of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), including acupuncture, on a wide range of illnesses and conditions. Unfortunately, much of this information is being done in Asia and is being published in Chinese and Japanese medical journals.
On these pages, I have compiled and summarized some of this research. Additionally, I have written a number of factsheets that include some of this research. These factsheets can be viewed and/or downloaded using the navigation bar on the left.
last updated March 7th, 2017