Needle-embedding therapy combined with basic treatment for stable angina pectoris
Conclusion Needle-embedding in acupoint therapy can effectively improve the clinical efficacy, ECG efficacy and the score of Seattle angina questionnaire (SAQ) of stable angina pectoris. (Source: World Journal of Acupuncture Moxibustion)
Source: World Journal of Acupuncture Moxibustion - May 25, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Applying Statistical and Complex Network Methods to Explore the Key Signaling Molecules of Acupuncture Regulating Neuroendocrine-Immune Network.
Authors: Zhang K, Guo XM, Yan YW, Liu YY, Xu ZF, Zhao X, Wang J, Guo Y, Li K, Ding SS Abstract The mechanisms of acupuncture are still unclear. In order to reveal the regulatory effect of manual acupuncture (MA) on the neuroendocrine-immune (NEI) network and identify the key signaling molecules during MA modulating NEI network, we used a rat complete Freund's adjuvant (CFA) model to observe the analgesic and anti-inflammatory effect of MA, and, what is more, we used statistical and complex network methods to analyze the data about the expression of 55 common signaling molecules of NEI network in ST36 (Zusanli) acup...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - May 24, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research

Combined Therapies of Modified Taiyi Miraculous Moxa Roll and Cupping for Patients with Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Herniation.
Authors: Cai C, Gong Y, Dong D, Xue J, Zheng X, Zhong Z, Shao J, Mi D Abstract Lumbar intervertebral disc herniation is a kind of syndrome caused by stimulation or pressure of nerve root and cauda equina due to intervertebral disc disorder, fibrous ring rupture, and pulpiform nucleus protrusion. Application of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) including acupuncture therapy and cupping therapy is unique and effective treatment for lumbar intervertebral disc herniation in China. Hence, we try to investigate the combined clinical efficacy of modified Taiyi miraculous moxa roll and cupping therapy on patients with lum...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - May 24, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research

When a White Horse is a Horse: Embracing the (Obvious?) Overlap Between Acupuncture and Neuromodulation
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Ahead of Print. (Source: The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine)
Source: The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine - May 24, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Vitaly Napadow Source Type: research

Effect of a Complementary/Integrative Medicine Treatment Program on Taxane-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy: A Brief Report
Conclusions Acupuncture and other CIM therapies may result in a short-term and transitory reduction in TIPN-related symptoms. (Source: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer)
Source: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer - May 23, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Quality of Life Source Type: research

Insufficient evidence to support the use of acupuncture to treat patients with symptoms of oral dryness.
Authors: Brignardello-Petersen R PMID: 29776589 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of the American Dental Association)
Source: Journal of the American Dental Association - May 22, 2018 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Am Dent Assoc Source Type: research

The therapeutic potential of stimulating endogenous stem cell mobilization.
We present examples of tissue repair using these new modalities. Part of this paper was first presented at the international conference of acupuncture and electrotherapeutics held at Columbia University Oct. 2013. Since then the field has exploded and we will try to include some of the most relevant discoveries. PMID: 29772133 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Acupuncture and Electro-Therapeutics Research)
Source: Acupuncture and Electro-Therapeutics Research - May 22, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Acupunct Electrother Res Source Type: research

Laser Treatment on Acupuncture Points Improves Pain and Wrist Functionality in Patients Undergoing Rehabilitation Therapy after Wrist Bone Fracture. A Randomized, Controlled, Blinded Study.
The objective of this study was to determine whether application of laser beam on acupuncture points has a positive effect on the rehabilitation of patients with a diagnosis of distal radius fracture (1.5 inches proximal to distal articular surface of the radius) when applied with active conventional physical therapy exercises. Patients with a distal radius fracture treated with closed reduction, percutaneous pinning, and a short cast for six weeks was included and were assigned to one of two study groups. The control group was given simulated laser acupuncture with the laser off, while the experimental group received lase...
Source: Acupuncture and Electro-Therapeutics Research - May 22, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Acupunct Electrother Res Source Type: research

The Effects of Auricular and Body Acupuncture in Turkish Obese Female Patients: A Randomized Controlled Trial Indicated Both Methods Lost Body Weight But Auricular Acupuncture Was Better Than Body Acupuncture.
Authors: Yasemin C, Turan S, Kosan Z Abstract It was aimed to observe the efficacy of body acupuncture and auricular acupuncture for the management of obesity. Fifty female obese patients were randomized into 2 groups; a Body Acupuncture Group (GBA; n=25) and an Auricular Acupuncture Group (GAA; n=25). All patients were followed up for 12 weeks. Their anthropometric measurements (body weight, body mass index, body fat percentage, waist circumference and hip circumference) were recorded for analysis in every 15 days. Patients were compared in terms of anthropometric measurements. Patients in the GAA received 6 sessi...
Source: Acupuncture and Electro-Therapeutics Research - May 22, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Acupunct Electrother Res Source Type: research

Meta analysis of the effect of distal or local point selection on acupuncture efficacy
Conclusion The curative effect of distal-local point combination was superior to that of simple distal point selection or local point selection during acupuncture treatment for diseases, and there was no obvious difference in the curative effect between simple distal point selection and local point selection (Source: World Journal of Acupuncture Moxibustion)
Source: World Journal of Acupuncture Moxibustion - May 22, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Electroacupuncture combined with intermittent pneumatic compression therapeutic apparatus for diabetic peripheral neuropathy and the effect on HIF-1 α and VEGF levels
Conclusion Electroacupuncture combined with intermittent pneumatic compression therapeutic apparatus can effectively improve the clinical symptoms of patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy, the efficacy were better than electroacupuncture, intermittent pneumatic compression treatment and cobamamide. (Source: World Journal of Acupuncture Moxibustion)
Source: World Journal of Acupuncture Moxibustion - May 22, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Electroacupuncture at facial acupoints combined with electrical stimulation on the auricular vagus nerve points for 60 cases of chloasma
Conclusion . The curative effect of electroacupuncture at facial acupoints combined with electrical stimulation on the auricular vagus nerve points for treatment of chloasma was satisfactory. (Source: World Journal of Acupuncture Moxibustion)
Source: World Journal of Acupuncture Moxibustion - May 22, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Mild moxibustion at different intervention times on the levels of ET-1 and NO in the uterine tissues of rats with cold-damp coagulation and stagnation type dysmenorrhea
Conclusion The analgesic effect of mild moxibustion at different intervention times on cold-damp coagulation and stagnation type dysmenorrhea rats was different, which was the most significant in pre-instant moxibustion group. One of the mechanisms of action may be related with the adjustment of abnormal levels of ET-1 and NO. (Source: World Journal of Acupuncture Moxibustion)
Source: World Journal of Acupuncture Moxibustion - May 22, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Rules of acupoint and meridian selection in acupuncture-moxibustion for stable angina pectoris
Publication date: Available online 17 May 2018 Source:World Journal of Acupuncture - Moxibustion Author(s): TANG Yi-han, FEI Lan-bo, DENG Jie, WU Song, HUANG Wei To summarize and analyze the acupoint selection rules in acupuncture-moxibustion for stable angina pectoris. Clinical studies and literature on acupuncture-moxibustion for stable angina pectoris with definite acupoint selection were included through retrieving China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) , Wanfang Database and VIP in order to analyze the characteristics and rules of acupoint selection in acupuncture-moxibustion treatment for stable angina pecto...
Source: World Journal of Acupuncture Moxibustion - May 22, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Effectiveness of pharmacopuncture for cervical spondylosis: A systematic review and meta-analysis
Conclusions Pharmacopuncture, both as a sole intervention and as an add-on treatment, was found to decrease pain in patients with cervical spondylosis. These results, however, should be interpreted with caution as the quality of evidence was found to be low. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - May 22, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Electroacupuncture ameliorates poloxamer 407-induced hyperlipidemia through suppressing hepatic SREBP-2 expression in rats
Publication date: 15 June 2018 Source:Life Sciences, Volume 203 Author(s): Mijung Yeom, Jinhee Park, Bombi Lee, Hyang Sook Lee, Hi-Joon Park, Ran Won, Hyejung Lee, Dae-Hyun Hahm Aims Acupuncture, particularly electroacupuncture (EA) has been shown to have the lipid-lowering effects, but not completely investigated. The present study was aimed to examine whether EA could attenuate poloxamer-407 (P-407)-induced hyperlipidemia in the rats and to investigate its potential mechanisms. Main methods Rats received P-407 (0.4 g/kg, i.p.) to induce hyperlipidemia. EA was performed at ST36 and ST40 acupoints a total of three times...
Source: Life Sciences - May 18, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: research

Clinical effects and safety of electroacupuncture for the treatment of post-stroke depression: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials.
CONCLUSION: There was no significant difference between EA and antidepressants in the severity of depression, however EA caused fewer adverse events than antidepressants. Additional larger scale RCTs with rigorous study design are required. PMID: 29776950 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Acupuncture in Medicine)
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine - May 18, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Li XB, Wang J, Xu AD, Huang JM, Meng LQ, Huang RY, Xu J Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Thermopuncture for the diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of patients with type 2 diabetes.
CONCLUSION: The combination of the Akabane test with the use of mathematical analysis in patients with T2D makes it possible to trace the entire chain of carbohydrate metabolism at an individual level and to identify the compensatory mechanisms for more effective treatment of reflexotherapy methods. This kind of treatment and monitoring can also be performed by the patient independently in his own home. PMID: 29783049 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Acupuncture in Medicine)
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine - May 18, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Muzhikov V, Vershinina E, Muzhikov R, Nikitin K Tags: J Acupunct Meridian Stud Source Type: research

A Qualitative Study of the Communication Process for Medical Acupuncture in Family Medicine.
CONCLUSIONS: The emerging three-phase process of communicating acupuncture described here provides an initial model for teaching communication in the context of medical acupuncture. Given the exploratory nature of this initial study and the rarity of acupuncture treatment integrated into family medical settings, this is a first step in building knowledge in this realm of practice. Future research is needed to better understand the experience of patients who do not report notable results of acupuncture and to extend this study into other family medicine settings. PMID: 29762793 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Family Medicine)
Source: Family Medicine - May 16, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Fam Med Source Type: research

Behavioral Therapy Approaches for the Management of Low Back Pain: An Up-To-Date Systematic Review
AbstractLow back pain is one of the most common causes for seeking medical treatment and it is estimated that one in two people will experience low back pain at some point during their lifetimes. Management of low back pain includes pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches. Non-pharmaceutical treatments include interventions such as acupuncture, spinal manipulation, and psychotherapy. The latter is especially important as patients who suffer from low back pain often have impaired quality of life and also suffer from depression. Depressive symptoms can appear because back pain limits patients ’ ability to wo...
Source: Pain and Therapy - May 16, 2018 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: research

Effect of Acupuncture vs Sham Acupuncture on Live Births During In Vitro Fertilization
This randomized clinical trial compares the effects of true vs sham acupuncture on live births among women undergoing assisted reproduction with in vitro fertilization. (Source: JAMA)
Source: JAMA - May 15, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: research

Pain relief for women undergoing oocyte retrieval for assisted reproduction.
CONCLUSIONS: The evidence does not support one particular method or technique over another in providing effective conscious sedation and analgesia for pain relief during and after oocyte retrieval. Simultaneous use of sedation combined with analgesia such as the opiates, further enhanced by paracervical block or acupuncture techniques, resulted in better pain relief than occurred with one modality alone. Evidence was insufficient to show conclusively whether any of the interventions influenced pregnancy rates. All techniques reviewed were associated with a high degree of patient satisfaction. Women's preferences and resour...
Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews - May 15, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: Kwan I, Wang R, Pearce E, Bhattacharya S Tags: Cochrane Database Syst Rev Source Type: research

Effect of electroacupuncture on porcine cardiac excitability induced by left stellate ganglion stimulation
Augmentation of cardiac sympathetic tone has been shown to induce ventricular arrhythmias. Acupuncture has been clinically used to treat hypertension, angina pectoris, and atrial arrhythmias. However, the effects of acupuncture on ventricular electrophysiology and autonomic tone remain unknown. We hypothesized that acupuncture attenuates cardiac excitability and corrects the imbalance of autonomic tone during sympathetic hyperactivity. Fourteen Yorkshire pigs were randomized to electroacupuncture (EA, 2  Hz, 0.3–0.5 mA, 0.5 ms duration) or control (without EA) groups. (Source: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical)
Source: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical - May 12, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Tatsuo Takamiya, Yukiko Kubo, Peyman Benharash, Wei Zhou Source Type: research

Non-pharmacological interventions for treating chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome.
CONCLUSIONS: Based on the findings of moderate quality evidence, this review found that some non-pharmacological interventions such as acupuncture and extracorporeal shockwave therapy are likely to result in a decrease in prostatitis symptoms and may not be associated with a greater incidence of adverse event. The QoE for most other comparisons was predominantly low. Future clinical trials should include a full report of their methods including adequate masking, consistent assessment of all patient-important outcomes including potential treatment-related adverse events and appropriate sample sizes. PMID: 29757454 [Pub...
Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews - May 12, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: Franco JV, Turk T, Jung JH, Xiao YT, Iakhno S, Garrote V, Vietto V Tags: Cochrane Database Syst Rev Source Type: research

Role of Acupuncture in Acute Injury Management of Strains and Sprains
Internal Medicine Journal,Volume 48, Issue S5, Page 24-24, May 2018. (Source: Internal Medicine Journal)
Source: Internal Medicine Journal - May 11, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Source Type: research

Acupuncture in migraine prophylaxis in Czech patients: an open-label randomized controlled trial
(Source: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment)
Source: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment - May 10, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment Source Type: research

Efficacy of Acupuncture Treatment for Improving the Respiratory Status in Patients Receiving Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation in Intensive Care Units: A Retrospective Observational Study
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Ahead of Print. (Source: The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine)
Source: The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine - May 9, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Jun Matsumoto-Miyazaki Hiroaki Ushikoshi Kodai Suzuki Nagisa Miyazaki Takahide Nawa Hideshi Okada Shozo Yoshida Ichijiro Murata Shinji Ogura Shinya Minatoguchi Source Type: research

Efficacy of Acupuncture Therapy for Chemotherapy-Related Cognitive Impairment in Breast Cancer Patients.
Authors: Tong T, Pei C, Chen J, Lv Q, Zhang F, Cheng Z Abstract BACKGROUND Chemotherapy can cause adverse effects such as chemotherapy-related cognitive impairment (CRCI). In this prospective study, the efficacy of traditional Chinese medicine acupuncture therapy in relieving CRCI and its impact on serum brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) are evaluated. MATERIAL AND METHODS Eighty patients were randomly divided into a treatment group and a control group with 40 patients in each group. The treatment group was treated at the following acupuncture points: Baihui (DU20), Sishencong (EX-HN1), Shenting (DU24), Zusa...
Source: Medical Science Monitor - May 8, 2018 Category: Research Tags: Med Sci Monit Source Type: research

Clinical Research on the Comprehensive Curative Effect of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine for Pelvic Inflammatory Sequelae.
CONCLUSIONS Our results highlight the benefit of oral administration of Chinese herbal medicine along with acupuncture; this had a greater clinical curative effect rate than oral administration of Chinese herbal medicine alone when treating pelvic inflammatory sequelae. PMID: 29735974 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Medical Science Monitor)
Source: Medical Science Monitor - May 8, 2018 Category: Research Tags: Med Sci Monit Source Type: research

Efficacy and Safety of Acupuncture for Essential Hypertension: A Meta-Analysis.
CONCLUSIONS Our systematic review indicates there is inadequate high quality evidence that acupuncture therapy is useful in treating hypertension, as the exact effect and safety of acupuncture therapy for hypertension is still unclear. Therefore, research with larger sample sizes and higher-quality RCTs is still needed. PMID: 29735972 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Medical Science Monitor)
Source: Medical Science Monitor - May 8, 2018 Category: Research Tags: Med Sci Monit Source Type: research

Contralateral Electroacupuncture Relieves Chronic Neuropathic Pain in Rats with Spared Nerve Injury.
Authors: Zhang H, Sun J, Xin X, Huo Z, Li D Abstract BACKGROUND Acupuncture and electroacupuncture (EA) are widely applied in the treatment of various conditions, including pain. Acupuncture stimulation is applied not only in areas close to pain sites, but also in distal regions or on the contralateral side of the body. Identifying which acupuncture paradigms produce best therapeutic effects is of clinical significance. MATERIAL AND METHODS Spared nerve injury (SNI) was applied to establish a rat model of neuropathic pain. We applied 14 sessions of EA (BL 60 and BL 40, 1-2 mA, and 2 Hz, 30 min per session) every ot...
Source: Medical Science Monitor - May 8, 2018 Category: Research Tags: Med Sci Monit Source Type: research

Acupuncture Combined with Hydrotherapy in Diabetes Patients with Mild Lower-Extremity Arterial Disease: A Prospective, Randomized, Nonblinded Clinical Study.
CONCLUSIONS Acupuncture plus hydrotherapy, without significant glycemic-controlling effects in the type 2 diabetic patients with mild LEAD, exerts a measurable benefit in disease-specific physical functions and health-related quality of life. Our results suggest that the combined therapy regulates the inflammatory process and oxidative stress and contributes to immune protection. PMID: 29735963 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Medical Science Monitor)
Source: Medical Science Monitor - May 8, 2018 Category: Research Tags: Med Sci Monit Source Type: research

Exploring an integrative patient-tailored complementary medicine approach for chemotherapy-induced taste disorders
Publication date: Available online 22 April 2018 Source:EXPLORE Author(s): Eran Ben-Arye, Ilana Doweck, Elad Schiff, Noah Samuels Context Chemotherapy-induced taste disorder (CITD) is a common adverse effect among patients with cancer, with no effective known treatment. Objectives Exploring the impact of a patient-tailored complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) treatment program on CITD-related severity. Design Prospective study on patients’ chart. Setting Integrative oncology program operating within the Clalit Healthcare Oncology Service in northern Israel. Patients Patients were referred by their oncology h...
Source: EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing - May 6, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Evidence-Based Nonpharmacologic Strategies for Comprehensive Pain Care
Publication date: Available online 1 March 2018 Source:EXPLORE Author(s): Heather Tick, Arya Nielsen, Kenneth R. Pelletier, Robert Bonakdar, Samantha Simmons, Ronald Glick, Emily Ratner, Russell L. Lemmon, Peter Wayne, Veronica Zador Consortium Pain Taskforce White Paper Summary Evidence-based Nonpharmacologic Strategies for Comprehensive Pain Care Supplementary information can be found in the online version at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.explore.2018.02.001. Medical pain management is in crisis; from the pervasiveness of pain to inadequate pain treatment, from the escalation of prescription opioids to an epidemic in addict...
Source: EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing - May 6, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Acupuncture for hip osteoarthritis.
Abstract BACKGROUND: Hip osteoarthritis (OA) is a major cause of pain and functional limitation. Few hip OA treatments have been evaluated for safety and effectiveness. Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical therapy which aims to treat disease by inserting very thin needles at specific points on the body. OBJECTIVES: To assess the benefits and harms of acupuncture in patients with hip OA. SEARCH METHODS: We searched Cochrane CENTRAL, MEDLINE, and Embase all through March 2018. SELECTION CRITERIA: We included randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that compared acupuncture with sham acupuncture, a...
Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews - May 5, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: Manheimer E, Cheng K, Wieland LS, Shen X, Lao L, Guo M, Berman BM Tags: Cochrane Database Syst Rev Source Type: research

Acupuncture for Acne Vulgaris: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.
Conclusions: While caution should be exercised due to quality of the included studies, acupuncture and auricular acupressure were not statistically different to guideline recommended treatments but were with fewer side effects and may be a treatment option. Future trials should address the methodological weaknesses and meet standard reporting requirements stipulated in STRICTA. PMID: 29721027 [PubMed] (Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - May 4, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research

Acupuncture for chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome: a randomized, sham acupuncture-controlled trial
To investigate the effectiveness of acupuncture for patients with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS). (Source: The Journal of Urology)
Source: The Journal of Urology - May 4, 2018 Category: Urology & Nephrology Authors: Zongshi Qin, Zhiwei Zang, Kehua Zhou, Jiani Wu, Jing Zhou, Joey S.W. Kwong, Zhishun Liu Source Type: research

Oncology Acupuncture for Chronic Pain in Cancer Survivors
Chronic pain syndromes associated with cancer treatment are common but difficult to manage. The American Society of Clinical Oncology recently published a practice guideline to address the unmet needs of cancer survivors, Management of Chronic Pain in Survivors of Adult Cancers, which stresses the importance of implementing integrative therapies including acupuncture. This review focuses on randomized clinical trials of acupuncture for chronic pain in cancer survivors, including its use in chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, aromatase inhibitor-associated arthralgia, and post neck dissection pain, and provides futu...
Source: Hematology/Oncology Clinics of North America - May 3, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Weidong Lu, David S. Rosenthal Source Type: research

Oncology Acupuncture for Chronic Pain in Cancer Survivors
Publication date: June 2018 Source:Hematology/Oncology Clinics of North America, Volume 32, Issue 3 Author(s): Weidong Lu, David S. RosenthalTeaser Chronic pain syndromes associated with cancer treatment are common but difficult to manage. The American Society of Clinical Oncology recently published a practice guideline to address the unmet needs of cancer survivors, Management of Chronic Pain in Survivors of Adult Cancers, which stresses the importance of implementing integrative therapies including acupuncture. This review focuses on randomized clinical trials of acupuncture for chronic pain in cancer survivors, includi...
Source: Hematology Oncology Clinics of North America - May 3, 2018 Category: Hematology Source Type: research

Optimizing acupuncture treatment for dry eye syndrome: a systematic review
In a former meta-analysis review, acupuncture was considered a potentially effective treatment for dry eye syndrome (DES), but there were heterogeneities among the outcomes. We updated the meta-analysis and co... (Source: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
Source: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine - May 3, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Bong Hyun Kim, Min Hee Kim, Se Hyun Kang and Hae Jeong Nam Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Effectiveness of dry needling of rectus abdominis trigger points for the treatment of primary dysmenorrhoea: a randomised parallel-group trial.
, Arias-Buría JL Abstract OBJECTIVE: To compare the effectiveness of trigger point dry needling (TrP-DN) versus placebo needling, relative to an untreated control group, on pain and quality of life in primary dysmenorrhoea. METHODS: In this randomised, single blind, parallel-group trial, 56 females with primary dysmenorrhoea were randomly allocated to TrP-DN (n=19), placebo needling (n=18) or no treatment (n=19). Patients in both groups were asked to undertake a stretching exercise of the rectus abdominis daily. The needling group received a single session of TrP-DN to trigger points (TrPs) in the rect...
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - May 2, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Gaubeca-Gilarranz A, Fernández-de-Las-Peñas C, Medina-Torres JR, Seoane-Ruiz JM, Company-Palonés A, Cleland JA, Arias-Buría JL Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Immediate effects of acupuncture on the mechanosensitivity of the median nerve: an exploratory randomised trial.
Abstract BACKGROUND: Acupuncture appears to reduce the mechanosensitivity of peripheral nerves in animal models; yet, this possibility has not been demonstrated in humans. OBJECTIVES: The main objective of this exploratory trial was to evaluate the immediate effects of acupuncture on the mechanosensitivity of the median nerve, measured by the elbow extension range-of-motion (EE-ROM) at pain onset and maximum tolerance during the upper limb neurodynamic test 1 (ULNT1). Additional objectives were to test the effects of two different points in ULNT1 responses and critically appraise pre-/post-intervention change...
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - May 2, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Morais N, Greten HJ, Santos MJ, Machado JP Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Analgesic effects of electroacupuncture at ST25 and CV12 in a rat model of postinflammatory irritable bowel syndrome visceral pain.
Abstract BACKGROUND: Treatment with electroacupuncture (EA) at ST25 and CV12 has a significant analgesic effect on postinflammatory irritable bowel syndrome (PI-IBS) visceral pain. Enterochromaffin (EC) cells and serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT)) are important in the development of visceral hyperalgesia. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the analgesic effect and underlying mechanisms of EA at ST25 and CV12 on the treatment of trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid (TNBS)-induced PI-IBS visceral hyperalgesia in rats. METHODS: After EA at ST25 and CV12, changes in abdominal withdrawal reflex (AWR), electromyography (E...
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - May 2, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Zhu X, Liu Z, Qin Y, Niu W, Wang Q, Li L, Zhou J Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Laser Acupuncture at Large Intestine 4 Compared with Oral Glucose Administration for Pain Prevention in Healthy Term Neonates Undergoing Routine Heel Lance: Study Protocol for an Observer-Blinded, Randomised Controlled Clinical Trial.
Discussion: This observer-blinded randomised controlled trial has been designed to explore potential advantages of laser acupuncture in the management of neonatal pain because more data are required to provide information about its efficacy and safety. Trial Registration: This trial is registered with DRKS00010122. PMID: 29707034 [PubMed] (Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - May 1, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research

Mast Cells and Nerve Signal Conduction in Acupuncture.
Authors: Yin N, Yang H, Yao W, Xia Y, Ding G Abstract Nerve and mast cells are densely distributed around acupoints in connective tissue. To explore the internal relations between them in acupuncture effect, we examined dorsal root potential (DRP) response to acupuncture at Zusanli (ST36) under sodium cromoglicate (DSCG, a mast cell stabilizer) intervention in anesthetized Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats. We used single unit nerve recording techniques to collect nerve signals from DRP afferent nerves for a 45-minute period that includes 4 stages, that is, base, drug absorption, acupuncture, and recovery stages. We analyze...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - May 1, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research

Effect of Electroacupuncture in “Zusanli” and “Kunlun” Acupoints on TLR4 Signaling Pathway of Adjuvant Arthritis Rats
Conclusions: Stimulation with electric needle in Zusanli and Kunlun acupoints can reduce the expression of TLR4, MYD88, and NF-κB, which play an important role in treatment of adjuvant arthritis. (Source: American Journal of Therapeutics)
Source: American Journal of Therapeutics - May 1, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Original Article Source Type: research

The effectiveness and safety of nonsurgical integrative interventions for symptomatic lumbar spinal spondylolisthesis: A randomized controlled multinational, multicenter trial protocol
Conclusion and discussion: The results of this study will provide clinical evidence on nonsurgical integrative interventions for patients with symptomatic lumbar spondylolisthesis. Clinical trial registry: clinicaltrials.gov (NCT03107468) (Source: Medicine)
Source: Medicine - May 1, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Study Protocol Clinical Trial Source Type: research

Observations regarding battlefield acupuncture to treat low back pain in the emergency department?
We read with great interest a recent publication on the use of battlefield acupuncture (BFA) to treat low back pain (LBP) in the emergency department [1]. This is a pilot interventional study illustrating the feasibility of using ear acupuncture as a modality to alleviate symptoms of LBP. We would like to highlight a few observations. Although the study has shown a statistically significant difference in the post-intervention numerical rating scale (NRS) for low back pain between the control group and BFA group, it was unclear what were the pre-intervention NRS in these 2 groups and the changes in the pre-and-post interven...
Source: The American Journal of Emergency Medicine - May 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Tze Chao Wee, Yeow Leng Tan Source Type: research

Acupuncture and electroacupuncture for anxiety disorders: A systematic review of the clinical research.
The objective of this paper is to review the literature on the effectiveness of acupuncture and electroacupuncture for the treatment of patients with anxiety disorders in order to find strong scientific evidence for its regular practice in Western culture. The systematic review of the clinical research was focused on published clinical trials (controlled, randomized and non-randomized) regarding the treatment of anxiety with acupuncture. Only clinical trials where anxiety was treated as the therapeutic target, and not as a secondary measurement or being associated with other health condition or disease, were considered. Tw...
Source: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice - May 1, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Amorim D, Amado J, Brito I, Fiuza SM, Amorim N, Costeira C, Machado J Tags: Complement Ther Clin Pract Source Type: research

Self-efficacy and embodiment associated with Alexander Technique lessons or with acupuncture sessions: A longitudinal qualitative sub-study within the ATLAS trial.
CONCLUSIONS: In-depth interviews revealed a rich array of experiences. They gave insight into the positive impact of the interventions on development of self-care, self-efficacy and embodiment. These findings complement the quantitative trial data, providing a more nuanced understanding of the factors that underpin the previously quantified improvement in self-efficacy and its association with longer-term reductions in pain. PMID: 29705473 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice)
Source: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice - May 1, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Wenham A, Atkin K, Woodman J, Ballard K, MacPherson H Tags: Complement Ther Clin Pract Source Type: research