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 –

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. 

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.