Acupuncture Evidence & Research

Research and further information

Amorim, D., Amado, J., Brito, I., Fiuza, S.M., Amorim, N., Costeira, C. & Machado, J. (2018). Acupuncture and electroacupuncture for anxiety disorders: A systematic review of the clinical research. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 31, 31-37.

Bae, H., Bae, H., Min, B-I. & Cho, S. (2014). Efficacy of acupuncture in reducing preoperative anxiety: A meta-analysis. Evidence- Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Vol. 2014

Bazzan, A.J., Zabrecky, G., Monti, D.A. & Newberg A.B. (2014). Current evidence regarding the management of mood and anxiety disorders using complementary and alternative medicine. Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, 14 (4), 411-423.

Better Health Channel –

Beyond Blue –

Buchanan, T., Reilly, P., Vafides, C. & Dykes, P. (2018). Reducing anxiety and improving engagement in health care providers through an auricular acupuncture intervention. Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, 37 (2), 87-96.

Mayo Clinic –

McDonald, J. & Janz, S. (2017). The Acupuncture Evidence Project: A comparative literature review (Revised Edition). Brisbane: Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd.

Quinlan-Woodward, J., Gode, A., Dusek, J.A., Reinstein, A.S., Johnson, J.R. & Sendelbach, S. (2016). Assessing the impact of acupuncture on pain, nausea, anxiety, and coping in women undergoing a mastectomy. Oncology Nursing Forum, 43 (6), 725-732.

Wiles, M.D., Mamdani,J., Pullman, M. & Andrezjowski, J.C. (2017). A randomised controlled trial examining the effect of acupuncture at the EX-HN3 (Yintang) point on pre-operative anxiety levels in neurosurgical patients. Anaesthesia, 72 (3), 335-342. 

Black Dog Institute –

Bosch, P., van den Noort, M., Staudte, H. & Lim, S. (2015), Schizophrenia and Depression: A systematic review of the effectiveness and the working mechanism behind acupuncture. Explore, 11 (4), 281-291. 

Chan, Y.Y., Lo, W.Y., Yang, S.N., Chen, Y.H. & Lin, J.G. (2015). The benefit of combined acupuncture and antidepressant medication for depression: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Affective Disorders, 176, 106-117.

Health Direct –

Hu, Z., Lam, W., Li, H., Yao, L., Wang, Z., Huang, W. Bian, Z. & Zhong, L. (2021). A network meta-analysis on the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture in treating patients with major depressive disorder. Scientific Reports,

Li, W., Sun, M., Yin, X., Lao, L., Kuang, Z. & Xu, S. (2020). The effect of acupuncture on depression and its correlation with metabolic alterations. Medicine (Baltimore), 99 (43).

MacPherson, H., Vickers, A., Bland, M., Torgersen, D., Corbett, M., Spackman, E., Saramango, P., Woods, B., Weatherly, H., Sculpher, M., Manca, A., Richmond, S., Hopton, A., Eldred, J. & Watt, I. (2017). Acupuncture for chronic pain and depression in primary care: a programme of research. Programme Grants for Applied Research, 5, (3).

Mayo Clinic –

Ormsby, S.M., Dahlen, H.G. & Smith, C.A. (2017). Women’s experiences of having depression during pregnancy and receiving acupuncture treatment: A qualitative study. Women and Birth, 2017, Nov.15, 1-10.

Spackman, E., Richmond, S., Sculpher, M., Bland, M., Brealey, S., Gabe, R., Hopton, A., Keding, A., Lansdown, H., Perren, S., Torgersen, D., Watt, I. & MacPherson, H. (2014). Cost-effectiveness analysis of acupuncture, counselling and usual care in treating patients with depression: the results of the ACUDep trial. PLoS ONE, 9 (11), DOI: 10.137/journal.pone.0113726.

Xiao, X., Zhang, J., Jin, Y., Wang, Y. & Zhang, Q. (2020). Effectiveness and safety of acupuncture for perimenopausal depression: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine,

You, J., Li, H., Xie, D., Chen, R. & Chen, M. (2021) Acupuncture for chronic pain-related depression: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Pain Research and Management,

Zhang, Z., Li, S., Meng, H., Wang, Y., Zhang, Y., Wu, M., Chen, Rong, P. & Wang, Y. (2021). Efficacy and safety of acupuncture in the treatment of depression: a systematic review of clinical research. The Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology,

Adams, R., Appleton, S., Taylor, A., McEvoy, D. & Antic, N. (2016). Report to the Sleep Health Foundation: 2016 Sleep Health Survey of Australian Adults. The Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health: University of Adelaide. Dong, B., Chen, Z., Yin, X., Li, D., Ma, J., Yin, P., Cao, Y., Lao, L. & Xu, S. (2017). The efficacy of acupuncture for treating depression-related insomnia compared with a control group: A systematic review and meat-analysis. BioMed Research International. Vol. 2017. DOI:10.1155/2017/9614810. Fu, C., Zhao, N., Yuan, L., Xie, C., Yang, W., Yu, X., Yu, H. & Chen, Y. (2017). Acupuncture improves peri-menopausal insomnia: A randomised controlled trial. Sleep, 40 (11), 1-8. Health Direct – Mayo Clinic – Saetia, M. (2014). International Classification of Sleep Disorders – Third Edition: Highlights and modifications. Chest, 146 (5), 1387-1394. Shergis, J., Ni, X., Jackson, M., Zhang, A., Guo, X., Li, Y., Lu, C. & Xue, C. (2016). A systematic review of acupuncture for sleep quality in people with insomnia. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, Vol. 26, 2016, 11-20. Yin, X., Gou, M., Xu, J., Dong, B., Yin, P., Masquelin, F., Wu, J., Lao, L. & Xu, S. (2017). Efficacy and safety of acupuncture treatment on primary insomnia: a randomised controlled trial. Sleep Medicine, Vol. 37, 193-200. Zuppa, C., Prado, C., Wieck, A., Zaparte, A., Barbosa, A. & Bauer, E. (2015). Acupuncture for sleep quality, BDNF levels and immunosenescence: A randomised controlled study. Neuroscience Letters, 587, 35-40

Andronis, L., Kinghorn, P., Qiao, S., Whitehurst, D., Durrell, S., McLeod, H. (2017).  Cost-effectiveness on non-invasive and non-pharmacological interventions for low back pain: a systematic literature review. Applied Health Economics and Health Policy, 15 (2), 173-201.

Better Health Vic –

Chou, R., Deyo, R., Friedly, J., Skelly, A., Hashimoto, R., Weimer, M., Fu, R., Dana, T., Kraegel, P., Griffin, J., Grusing, S. & Brodt, E. (2016). Non-invasive treatments for low back pain. Comparative Effectiveness Reviews, 169. 

Clark, J. & Tighe, M. (2012). The effectiveness of acupuncture for plantar heel pain: a systematic review. Acupucnture Medicine, 30(4), 298-306.

Coeytaux, R. & Refus, D. (2016). Role of acupuncture in the treatment or prevention of migraine, tension-type headache, or chronic headache disorders. Headache, 56 (7), 1238-40.

DaSilva, A. (2015). Acupuncture for migraine prevention. Headache, 55 (3), 470-473.

Davis, R., Badger, G., Valentine, K., Cavert, A. & Coeytaux, R. (2018). Acupuncture for chronic pain in the Vermont MedicAid population: A prospective, pragmatic intervention trial. Global Advances in Health and Medicine, 7, 1-10.

Headache Australia –

Hempel, S., Taylor, S., Solloway, M., Miake-Lye, I., Beroes, J., Shanman, R., Booth, M., Siroka, A. & Shekelle, P. 2014). Evidence map of acupuncture. Department of Veterans Affairs VA-ESP Project, Jan 2014.

Lam, M., Galvin, R. & Curry, P. (2013). Effectiveness of acupuncture for non-specific chronic low back pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Spine, 38 (24), 2124-2138.

Lee, J., Choi, T., Lee, M., Lee, H., Shin, B. & Lee, H. (2013). Acupuncture for acute low back pain: a systematic review. Clinical Journal of Pain,29 (2), 172-185.

Lewis, R., Williams, N., Sutton, A., Burton, K., Din, N., Matar, H., Hendry, M., Phillips, C., Nafees, S., Fitzsimmons, D., Rickard, I. & Wilkinson, C. (2013). Comparataive clinical effectiveness of management strategies for sciatica: systematic review and network meta-analyses. Spine Journal, 15(6), 1461-1477.

Linde, K., Allais, G., Brinkhaus, B., Fei, Y., Mehring, M., Shin, B., Vickers, A. & White, A. (2016). Acupuncture for the prevention of tension-type headache. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2016, (4).

Linde, K., Allais, G., Brinkhaus, B., Fei, Y., Mehring, M., Vertosick, E., Vickers, A & White, A. (2016). Acupuncture for the prevention of episodic migraine.  Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2016, (6).

Liu, L., Skinner, M., McDonough, S., Marie, L. & Baxter, G. (2015). Acupuncture for low back pain: an overview of systematic reviews. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2015. DOI: 10.1155/2015/328196.

MacPherson, H., Vertosick, E., Foster, N., Lewith, G., Linde, K., Sherman, K., Witt, C. & Vickers, A. (2017). The persistence of the effects of acupuncture after a course of treatment: a meta-analysis of patients with chronic pain. Pain, 158 (5), 784-793.

McDonald, J. & Janz, S. (2017). The Acupuncture Evidence Project: A comparative literature review (Revised Edition). Brisbane: Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd; 2017.

Mei, J., Wang, X., Chen, M., Shen, Y., Zhang, X. & Yang, J. (2015). The efficacy of acupuncture for the treatment of sciatica: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2015. DOI: 10.1155/2015/192808

Pain Australia –

Pain Management Network –

Penn Medicine –

Taylor, P., Pezzullo, L., Grant, S. & Bensoussan, A. (2014). Cost-effectiveness of acupuncture for chronic non-specific low back pain. Pain Practitioner, 14, (7), 599-606.

Vickers, A. & Linde, K. (2014). Acupuncture for chronic pain. Journal of the American Medical Association, 311 (9), 955-956.

Vickers, A., Vertosick, E., Lewith, G., MacPherson, H., Foster, N., Sherman, K., Irnich, D., Witt, C. & Linde, K. (2018). Acupuncture for chronic pain: Update of an individual patient data meta-analysis. The Journal of Pain, 19 (5), 455-474.

Wellington, J. (2014). Non-invasive and alternative management of chronic low back pain: efficacy and outcomes. Neuromodulation, 17 (2), 24-30.

Yang, Y., Que, Q., Ye, X. & Zheng, G. (2016). Verum versus sham manual acupuncture for migraine: a systematic review of randomised controlled trials. Acupuncture Medicine, 34 (2), 76-83.