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EXCLUSIVE: Dr Ted Kaptchuk, professor of medicine at Harvard, referenced scans from one of his studies showing patients respond to acupuncture when the needles were not inserted.
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Conclusion: Combined acupoints of LR3 and KI3 could act on wider brain areas than the sum of single acupoints, whose functions include emotional processing, cognition, somatic sensation, spatial orientation, language production, and vision. PMID: 30719061 [PubMed]
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
Authors: Han X, Bai L, Sun C, Niu X, Ning Y, Chen Z, Li Y, Li K, Lyu D, Fu C, Cui F, Chen Z, Tan Z, Tang L, Zou Y Abstract Stroke is a leading cause of motor disability. Acupuncture is an effective therapeutic strategy for poststroke motor impairment. However, its mechanism is still elusive. Twenty-two stroke patients having a right-hemispheric subcortical infarct and 22 matched healthy controls were recruited to undergo diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanning. The resting-state fMRI was implemented before and after needling at GB34 (Yanglingquan). The stroke patient...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
This study aimed to establish a friendly environment of active living and healthy eating for citizens while promoting and increasing knowledge of healthy exercise. Acquisition of physical activity skills and citizens’ lifestyle changes result in reduction in rates of obesity and deaths related to underlying metabolism syndrome. This study used a non-experimental cross-sectional design to survey residents living in Taiwan’s rural Miaoli County. The inclusion criterion was positive screening for metabolic syndrome. In total, 2068 participants were recruited, and 1886 questionnaires (91.2%) were completed....
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tags: Article Source Type: research
ConclusionsAcupuncture may reduce anxiety at embryo transfer. Quality of life did not differ between the groups. Women experience reduced emotional well ‐being 3 months following the IVF cycle, highlighting ongoing unmet psycho‐social needs.
Source: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica - Category: OBGYN Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL RESEARCH ARTICLE Source Type: research
IVF can seem to be a demanding and complex treatment, which is why it helps if you are well   organised !1. Make sure you have completed all your testsWife□ Ovarian reserve testing ( AMH, prolactin, TSH, antral follicle count)□ Infectious disease screen: HIV, Hepatitis, RPR , Rubella□ Vaginal ultrasound scanHusband□ Semen analysisInfectious disease screen: HIV, Hepatitis, RPR/VDRLPlease note how short this list is !Don't waste your money on useless and unnecessary tests such as sperm DNA fragmentation, TB testing, ERA, genetic testing or hysteroscopy !2. Make sure you know how much you have to p...
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ConclusionsAcupuncture may reduce anxiety at embryo transfer. Quality of life did not differ between groups. Women experience reduced emotional wellbeing three months following the IVF cycle and highlight ongoing unmet psycho ‐social needs.This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
Source: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica - Category: OBGYN Authors: Tags: Original Research Article Source Type: research
Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica, EarlyView.
Source: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: EA had a beneficial effect on cognitive repair after cerebral I/R, and its mechanism of action likely involves a reduction of Ca2+influx via inhibition of Glu neurotoxicity and downregulation of NMDAR2B expression. PMID: 30257960 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research
AbstractAs the worldwide population ages, the prevalence of Alzheimer's disease (AD) increases. However, the results of promising medications have been unsatisfactory. Chinese acupuncture has a long history of treating dementia, but lack of evidence from well-designed randomized controlled trials that validate its efficacy and safety, as well as its lack of clear underlying mechanisms, contribute to its limited application in clinical practice. In recent years, brain imaging technologies, such as functional magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography, have been used to assess brain responses to acupuncture ...
Source: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Source Type: research
DiscussionThe results of this trial will allow us to compare the changes of acupuncture therapeutic effect at three time points (the baseline vs. the end of treatment vs. the end of follow-up), and investigate the potential central mechanism of the long-lasting effect influenced by acupuncture withdeqi. This trial aims to re-identify the long-lasting effect of acupuncture and investigate its central mechanism, and to further explore the central influence ofdeqi sensation on the long-lasting effect.Trial registrationChinese Clinical Trial Registry, IDF:ChiCTR-IOR-15006523. Registered on 5 June 2015.
Source: Trials - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
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