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Over the recent 5-10 years, properly designed and controlled clinical trials with acupuncture
have been conducted.  These offer more formal assessment of efficacy of acupuncture's role in medical treatment either alone or in combination with other accepted treatments , and further support the endorsements by the WHO/World Health Organization (1979) and the NIH/National Institutes of Health Consensus on Acupuncture (1997).  Studies are easily searchable from .  Here is a sampling or please contact me for more research:

Smoking cessation: Acupuncture doubles the long term success rates of smoking cessation 
AM J Public Health, 2002 Oct; 92(10):1642-7

Fertility Enhancement: Combination of acupuncture with IVF assisted reproduction boost success rates of successful pregnancy and live birth when compared to IVF without acupuncture
(65% more likely successful embryo transfer and 91% more likely to have live birth)
BMJ 2008 Mar 8:336(7643):545-9

PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Acupuncture provides large treat effects for PTSD
J Nerv Mental Dis 2007 Jun;195(6):504-13

Post-Operative Nausea: Acupuncture prevents post-op nausea in cardiac surgery patients
Ann Thorac urg 2009;88:537-542.doi10.1016

Headache/Migraine: Consistent evidence that acupuncture provides statistically and clinically relevant benefits
Cochrane Database System Rev . 2009 Jan 21;(1):CD001218

Headache/tension: Consistent evidence acupuncture provides statistically and clinically relevant benefits
Cochrane Database System Rev. 2009 Jan 21;(1):CD007587

Sleep Apnea: Acupuncture significantly improves moderate OSAS events and indices
Sleep Med 2007 Jan:8(1):43-40.Epub 2006 Oct 4

Hot Flashes/Chemotherapy/Women Acupuncture compared to drug therapy minimizes hot flashes with
greater sustained relief for 3 months post-treatment 
(J Onc in Bus Std  Epub Jun 22,2010)

Hot Flashes/Chemotherapy/Men: Acupuncture controls hormone therapy induced hot flashes in men with prostate cancer and with long term lasting benefits
Int J Radiat Onc Biol Phys 2011 Apr 1:79(5):1358-63 Epub 2010 June 3

TMJ/Chronic Jaw Pain: Acupuncture significantly reduces jaw pain in clinical trials
J Orofac Pain, 2009 Fall;23(4):353-9,  J Dent 2007 Mar;35(3):259-67

Facial paralysis/Bell's Palsy: Acupuncture has significant therapeutic effect for facial paralysis
Am J Chin Med 2009;37(5):1009-10 , Z Zh Jiu, 2010 Jan;30(1):23-6 and 2008Jul;28(7):489-91

Asthma: Meta-Analysis of 22 clinical trials show total effective rate with acupuncture is significant compared to control  Z Z Jiu 2010 Sep;30(9):787-92

Nausea/Post-Operative Adults: Meta-Analysis shows acustimulation is just as effective as medications for controlling nausea/vomiting  and superior to drugs by eliminating rescue antiemetics need
Explore (NY), 2006 May;2(3):202-15

Nausea/Chemotherapy/Children: Multicenter study shows acupuncture highly effective in preventing nausea and vomiting in pediatric oncology patients receiving highly emetogenic chemotherapy
with high patient acceptance   Klin Padiatr 2008 Nov-Dec:220(6):365-70, Epub 2008 Oct 23

Chemotherapy/Ovarian: Clinically relevant trends of higher white blood cells for ovarian cancer patients under chemotherapy suggest potential myeloprotective benefit of acupuncture withreduced incidence of  leucopenia
J Altern Compl Medicine, 2009 Jul;15(7):745-53

Overactive Bladder: Acupuncture significantly improves bladder distress symptoms and quality of life
Obstet Gynec  2005 Jul;106(1):138-43          

Allergic Rhinitis: Acupuncture has pronounced clinical relevance and persistent effectiveness in compared to usual medical care  in large clinical trial and systematic review
Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol 2008 Nov;101(5):535-43 and 2009 Apr;102(4):269-79

Amblyopia/Lazy Eye/Children Clinical trials shows equivalent effectiveness of acupuncture in children 7-12 y and is a viable option for children noncompliant with eye patch standard of care
Source: UCLA reported by KATV, Los Angeles CA, Healthy Living Dec 15, 2010 and
Arch Ophthalmol 2010 Dec;128(12):1510-1

Cancer/Fatigue Combination of patient education and acupuncture significantly improves cancer related fatigue  BMC Complement Altern Med 2011 Jun 25; 11(1)49 Epub ahead of print

WHO Viewpoint on Acupuncture,1979: Geneva Swizterland

NIH 1997 Consensus Report in JAMA, 1998 Nov4;280(17):1518-152



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