February 27, 2017: The Journal of the American Medical Association: Acupuncture may be helpful in reducing the frequency of migraines and preventing attacks

“A study published Monday in The Journal of the American Medical Association said acupuncture may be helpful in reducing the frequency of migraines and preventing attacks.
Researchers in China found that properly administered acupuncture therapy may reduce the frequency of the most common types of migraines. The research, which builds on a body of knowledge from smaller studies, looked at how true acupuncture compared with sham acupuncture in reducing migraine attacks and symptoms in those who have been battling the condition for at least a year.
All treatments were administered by trained and licensed acupuncturists who trained for at least five years and had four or more years of clinical experience. Recipients of ‘true acupuncture’ were treated in four acupoints chosen by clinical experts. The four points used for the ‘sham’ group were chosen to avoid migraine relief.
Twenty weeks after receiving treatment at five times a week, patients in the true acupuncture group saw a reduction in the average number of migraines from 4.8 per month to 3 per month, with no adverse events reported requiring ‘special medical intervention.'”

February 15, 2017: Acupuncture Evidence Project Released

The much anticipated Acupuncture Evidence Project is now available. This is an independent study confirming the efficacy of acupuncture produced by Stephen Janz together with Dr John McDonald.

This was in response to the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd.’s (AACMA) initial desire to see such a review completed for reference by its members and the health industry.

Accepting the challenge, Stephen Janz and Dr John MacDonald’s concise and current Evidence Review is now available for AACMA members, the scientific community, legislators and for the wider general public.

We would like to inform our counterparts (internationally) that a public version which is easy to read and disseminate is now available on the home page of the AACMA website.

Click HERE to view this version of the report.

Thank you,

The Team at AACMA.

December 2, 2016: Video: Acupuncture for Low Back Pain and the NICE Guidelines

A detailed look through the substantial evidence supporting acupuncture for low back pain and some of the problems with the new NICE Guidelines for low back pain. CLICK VIDEO HERE


December 2, 2016: The Effectiveness of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Treating Patients with Leukemia

This study analyses the status of TCM utilisation in Taiwan, in both pediatric and adult patients with leukemia. CLICK ARTICLE HERE


November 30, 2016: Acupuncture research links CLICK ARTICLE HERE


November 30, 2016: NIH review finds nondrug approaches effective for treatment of common pain conditions

U.S. study reviews trial results on complementary health approaches for pain relief; aims to assist with pain management. CLICK ARTICLE HERE


September 30, 2016: International Society of Complementary Medicine Research Membership

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CMAAC is now a member Association of the ISCMR (International Society of Complementary Medicine Research)

Special discounted memberships available for CMAAC members and ALL practitioners, which includes many benefits listed HERE

CMAAC group code: 169W5   Active until September 6, 2017



2016, September 28: Acupuncture Plus Herbs Outperform Drug Therapy for IBS

Acupuncture and herbs outperform drug therapy for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Researchers compared two groups, one received acupuncture and herbal medicine and the other received drug therapy. CLICK ARTICLE HERE

2016, September 22: Acupuncture And Herbs Gain International Recognition

Modern scientific evidence confirms the therapeutic value of acupuncture and MRI studies confirm that specific acupuncture points induce hemodynamic changes in specific brain networks relating to the healing of specific medical disorders (He et al.) CLICK ARTICLE HERE

2016, September 15: Acupuncture Research Explained with Mel Kopperman  CLICK VIDEO HERE

2016, September 12: Effectiveness of Acupuncture for Chronic Pain Validated by Research Findings

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, has released research validating the effectiveness of acupuncture and other non-drug health therapies for pain. The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)®, which has long advocated for non-drug approaches to pain treatment, applauds the national agency’s attention to complementary therapies. CLICK ARTICLE HERE

2016, July: Complementary therapies for labour and birth study

A randomised controlled trial of antenatal integrative medicine for pain management in labour.
To evaluate the effect of an antenatal integrative medicine education program in addition to usual care for nulliparous women on intrapartum epidural use. CLICK ARTICLE HERE


2016, June 28: Acupuncture for the prevention of episodic migraine

Individuals with migraine have repeated attacks of severe headache, usually just on one side and often with vomiting. This study evaluated whether acupuncture reduces the number of episodes of migraine. The researchers looked at the number of people in whom the number of migraine days per month was reduced by half or more than half. CLICK ARTICLE HERE

2016, June 28: Development of Researches on Acupuncture Treatment of Peripheral Nerve Damage 

”…acupuncture stimulation may promote nerve repair by reducing desquamation of medullary sheath of nerve fibers, inhibiting apoptosis of nerve cells, and up-regulating expression of myelin basic protein, Slit-1 protein and gene, etc. In addition, acupuncture intervention may also improve the microenvironment of neural regeneration including increase of the proliferation and differentiation of Schwann cells and release of various types of neurotrophic factors.” CLICK ARTICLE HERE

2016, April: Informing hot flash treatment decisions for breast cancer survivors: a systematic review of randomized trials comparing active interventions

This systematic review examines randomized controlled trials (RCTs) comparing at least two non-hormonal hot flash treatments in breast cancer survivors. CLICK ARTICLE HERE

2016, March: Acupuncture and Related Therapies for Symptom Management in Palliative Cancer Care: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

The aim of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to summarize current best evidence on acupuncture and related therapies for palliative cancer care. CLICK ARTICLE HERE

2016, March 9: The Efficacy of Acupuncture in Post-Operative Pain Management

BACKGROUND: Postoperative pain resulting from surgical trauma is a significant challenge for healthcare providers. Opioid analgesics are commonly used to treat postoperative pain; however, these drugs are associated with a number of undesirable side effects. CLICK ARTICLE HERE

2016, February 10: Acupuncture for Pain Management in Cancer: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Objective. To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture for cancer-related pain. CLICK ARTICLE HERE

2016, February 7: Systematic review and meta-analysis of acupuncture to reduce cancer-related pain

We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate the effects of acupuncture on malignancy-related, chemotherapy (CT)- or radiation therapy (RT)-induced, surgery-induced, and hormone therapy (HT)-induced pain. CLICK ARTICLE HERE


January 19, 2015

  • Acupuncture Alleviates Parkinson’s Disease

Researchers document the ability of acupuncture to reduce pain, anxiety, depression, hot flashes and abnormal sweating in a clinical case history. The patient responded with significant positive patient outcomes after a 2 week regime of acupuncture treatments given at a rate of five days per week.  CLICK ARTICLE HERE 


December 17, 2014

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October 8, 2014

  • The efficacy and safety of Chinese herbal medicine, Rhodiola formulation in treating ischemic heart disease: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials CLICK ARTICLE HERE

August 14, 2014

  • NEW STUDY (World Journal of Gastroenterology): Moxibustion with acupuncture provided significant therapeutic benefits in patients with active Crohn’s disease (CD) CLICK ARTICLE HERE

July 28, 2014

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June 30, 2014

  • Traditional Chinese medicine for chronic fatigue syndrome: A systematic review of randomized clinical trials CLICK ARTICLE HERE

June 19, 2014

  • Migraine Vanishes with Acupuncture and Tuina

New Research: Acupuncture is more effective than meds in treating migraine. CLICK ARTICLE HERE

June 18, 2014

  • Acupuncture Reverses Brain Damage After Stroke.

-June is Brain Injury and Stroke Awareness Month.

-New MRI Study: Acupuncture and electroacupuncture effective for treating brain tissue injuries and neurological disorders caused by cerebral ischemia/reperfusion injury (CIRI). CLICK ARTICLE HERE

June 11, 2014

  • Acupuncture Lowers Chemo Side Effects, Ups Immunity

New Research: Acupuncture reduces chemotherapy side effects for colorectal cancer patients. New research confirms that acupuncture benefits the immune system and improves the psychological state for these patients. CLICK ARTICLE HERE

May 2, 2014

  • Acupuncture Outperforms Counselling and Meds for Depression

Acupuncture has been found to outperform counselling and usual care for patients suffering from depression complicated by pain. CLICK ARTICLE HERE

April 4, 2014

  • Acupuncture is significantly superior to all controls for chronic pain.

A vital study for the acupuncture profession has shown that acupuncture is superior to all controls (including all kinds of sham control) in the treatment of chronic pain. CLICK ARTICLE HERE

March 24, 2014

  • NEW STUDY (The Sydney Morning Herald): Acupuncture as effective as drugs in treating pain, trial shows CLICK ARTICLE HERE


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September 10, 2012

  • Acupuncture Relieves Pain in Largest Study of Treatment

Data from 29 separate studies of 18,000 people confirms what many people already swear by: acupuncture works, especially for treatment of body back and neck pain, arthritis and headaches CLICK ARTICLE HERE  

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