As summarized here electro-acupuncture has been shown to regenerate nerves. Local needling only saw a 38.5% effective rate, whereas the addition of meridians as per TCM theory more than doubled efficacy.
On my Facebook Page I solicited questions that people have about acupuncture. My attempt is to answer these as informatively and entertainingly as reasonably possible. Here is my first attempt: Question 1: "How deep do you insert the needles?"
In this randomized controlled clinical trial, acupuncture and electro acupuncture increase the effectiveness of Seroxat. The study shows both an increase in the onset of effectiveness as well as overall effectiveness in such areas as reduction in anxiety and depression.
This randomized and controlled experiment with heroin-addicted rats showed that acupuncture at Du 14 and Du 20 (two commonly needled points) increased the up-regulation of Bcl-2 and the down-regulation of Bax. Additionally, it was shown to be more effective than methadone.
I just came across this case study of a patient with MS successfully treated with 16 sessions of Scalp Acupuncture. Notably, the patient contributed an artfully written passage describing his experience.