Acupuncture as an Adjunctive Treatment for Angina Due to Coronary Artery Disease: A Meta-Analysis.
CONCLUSIONS Meta-analysis supported a positive treatment effect for the use of acupuncture when used as adjunctive therapy in patients with angina due to CAD. PMID: 30770700 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Medical Science Monitor)
Source: Medical Science Monitor - February 18, 2019 Category: Research Tags: Med Sci Monit Source Type: research

Effects of Laser Acupuncture on Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness of the Biceps Brachii Muscle: A Randomized Controlled Trial.
Authors: Chang WD, Wu JH, Chang NJ, Lee CL, Chen S Abstract Objectives: The aim of this study was to explore the effects of laser acupuncture on improvement of recovery and muscle performance in delayed muscle soreness (DOMS) when applied before exercise. Methods: This randomized, blinded, and controlled study included healthy participants (n = 40) who were randomized into laser acupuncture and placebo groups. Laser acupuncture was applied to the Tianquan (PC2) and Chihtseh acupoints (LU5) at a dose of 36 J and energy density of 9.7 J/cm2 before inducing DOMS. The placebo group received sham laser acupuncture w...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - February 15, 2019 Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research

Adverse events of miniscalpel-needle treatment in Korea: A systematic review
ConclusionsDue to the high heterogeneity and poor quality of AE data, the definite characteristics of the AEs were undetermined. The heterogeneity may have occurred from differences in the strictness of AE report and safety procedural guidelines. To improve this, we summarized the drafts of safety procedural guidelines. Our findings could be used in further studies to establish MSN treatment safety. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - February 14, 2019 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Implementing an Inpatient Acupuncture Service for Pain and Symptom Management: Identifying Opportunities and Challenges
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 - February 13, 2019 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: James D. Harrison Sanjay Reddy Rhianon Liu Shelley R. Adler Maria T. Chao Source Type: research

The Effects of Acupuncture on Glutamatergic Neurotransmission in Depression, Anxiety, Schizophrenia, and Alzheimer's Disease: A Review of the Literature
Cheng-Hao Tu, Iona MacDonald, Yi-Hung Chen (Source: Frontiers in Psychiatry)
Source: Frontiers in Psychiatry - February 12, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research

Combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbal formula for elderly adults with mild cognitive impairment: protocol for a randomized controlled trial
Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is known as a transitional status between normal cognitive function and Alzheimer ’s disease (AD). Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicines (CHMs) are considered to be beneficial... (Source: Trials)
Source: Trials - February 11, 2019 Category: General Medicine Authors: Yueqi Chen, Wenjing Zhang, Huangan Wu, Lixing Lao, Jian Xu and Shifen Xu Tags: Study protocol Source Type: research

Electroacupuncture for Women with Chronic Severe Functional Constipation: Subgroup Analysis of a Randomized Controlled Trial.
This study focused on sustained complete spontaneous bowel movements (CSBMs) responders over the 8-week treatment. Results: The primary outcome which was percentage of the sustained CSBMs responders for the subset of women with severe constipation was significantly higher in the EA group (24.3%) than in the SA group (8.1%) with difference of 13.1% (95%CI, 6.5% to 19.7%; P
Source: Biomed Res - February 9, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Zhou J, Liu Y, Zhou K, Liu B, Su T, Wang W, Liu Z Tags: Biomed Res Int Source Type: research

Different Brain Activation after Acupuncture at Combined Acupoints and Single Acupoint in Hypertension Patients: An Rs-fMRI Study Based on ReHo Analysis.
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)
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - February 6, 2019 Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research

Acupuncture Enhances Communication between Cortices with Damaged White Matters in Poststroke Motor Impairment.
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 - February 6, 2019 Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research

A Review on the Nonpharmacological Therapy of Traditional Chinese Medicine with Antihypertensive Effects.
Authors: Fan H, Lu F, Yang A, Dong Y, Liu P, Wang Y Abstract Hypertension is a global health concern. Although the pharmacological treatment has obvious antihypertensive effects, there are still some limitations on management of hypertension by drug therapy alone. In recent years, the nonpharmacological therapy of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has gradually become an important mean to help the prevention and treatment of hypertension in some Eastern countries. In this review, the nonpharmacological TCM therapies, including acupuncture, tuina, Tai Chi, and auricular-plaster, are covered along with the mechanism...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - February 6, 2019 Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research

Manual Acupuncture for Optic Atrophy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.
Authors: Zhi FY, Liu J, Ma XP, Hong J, Zhang J, Zhang D, Zhao Y, Wu LJ, Yang YT, Wu DY, Xie C, Wu LX, Zhang CH Abstract Objectives. This systematic review aims to critically evaluate the efficacy of manual acupuncture for optic atrophy. Eight English and Chinese databases, including Cochrane Library, EMbase, PubMed, Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), Wanfang Database, China Science and Technology Journal Database (VIP), and Chinese Biomedical Literature Database (CBM), as well as ongoing trials registered with the WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform, were searched to identify eligible...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - February 6, 2019 Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research

Electroacupuncture Reduced Apoptosis of Hippocampal Neurons in Mice with Cerebral Infarction by Regulating the Notch3 Signaling Pathway
This study is designed to explore the effect of electric acupuncture on the apoptosis of hippocampal neurons through the Notch3 signaling pathway. A middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) mouse model was generated by thread embolization. A Y-maze was used to test cognitive function (learning and memory). The apoptosis factor caspase-3 was identified through an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). TTC staining was used to evaluate the cerebral infarction area. Apoptosis of hippocampal neurons was identified by TUNEL staining and flow cytometry. The expression levels of genes and proteins related to the Notch3 signali...
Source: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience - February 6, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Source Type: research

Treatment Effects of Botulinum Toxin Injection and Acupuncture on Blepharospasm Assessed by the Change in Lower Eyelid Tension.
CONCLUSIONS: Blepharospasm patients have an increased LET. Both BTA and acupuncture are effective in decreasing the LET. Close monitoring of LET holds promise in planning the treatment strategy for Blepharospasm. PMID: 30724635 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Current Eye Research)
Source: Current Eye Research - February 6, 2019 Category: Opthalmology Authors: Bao FF, Li QS, Zhang ZY, Xiang MH Tags: Curr Eye Res Source Type: research

Fire needle acupuncture regulates Wnt/ERK multiple pathways to promote neural stem cells differentiating into neurons in rats with spinal cord injury.
Abstract NSCs therapy is considered as one of the most potential methods for Spinal cord injury (SCI). We build the SCI model rats to investigate the theraputic effect of fire needle acupunture in improving locomotor function of SCI rats and its possible mechanism. BBB scalewas used for the motor ability of rats. The expression of Nestin, NSE, Gal-C, and GFAP were detected by immunohistochemistry. Wnt, GSK3β, β-catenin, ERK1/2, cyclinD1, and ngn1 was detected by western blot and PCR. The BBB score of both model group (1.20±0.94, 3.12±0.67, 5.34±1.57, 7.12±1.49) and fire needle...
Source: CNS and Neurological Disorders Drug Targets - February 3, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: Xu J, Cheng S, Jiao Z, Zhao Z, Cai Z, Su N, Liu B, Zhou Z, Li Y Tags: CNS Neurol Disord Drug Targets Source Type: research

Effectiveness comparisons of acupuncture for premature ejaculation: Protocol for a network meta-analysis
Conclusion: The study will provide updated evidence to evaluate the efficacy and safety of acupuncture for premature ejaculation. Ethics and Communication: Because this research is based on a meta-analysis of published research, ethical recognition and patient consent are unnecessary. Agreement registration number: PROSPERO CRD42018111661. (Source: Medicine)
Source: Medicine - February 1, 2019 Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Study Protocol Systematic Review Source Type: research

Efficacy and mechanism of acupuncture for ischemic poststroke depression: Study protocol for a multicenter single-blinded randomized sham-controlled trial
Conclusion: The present research is designed to investigate efficacy and mechanism of traditional acupuncture therapy on ischemic PSD, also to explore the correlation between cerebra metabolic and serologic factors, and ischemic PSD. With this research, we are looking forward to find out an appropriate alternative nondrug therapy for PSD people to alleviate the adverse effects and drug dependence caused by antidepressants. (Source: Medicine)
Source: Medicine - February 1, 2019 Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Study Protocol Clinical Trial Source Type: research

Acupuncture for fecal incontinence: Protocol for a systematic review and data mining
Conclusion: Our findings will provide evidence for the effectiveness and potential treatment prescriptions of acupuncture for patients with fecal incontinence. PROSPERO registration number: PROSPERO CRD42019119680. (Source: Medicine)
Source: Medicine - February 1, 2019 Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Study Protocol Systematic Review Source Type: research

Clinical efficacy and safety of thread-embedding acupuncture for treatment of the sequelae of Bell's palsy: A protocol for a patient-assessor blinded, randomized, controlled, parallel clinical trial
Discussion: The results from this trial will help establish clinical evidence regarding the efficacy and safety of TEA in the treatment of patients with sequelae of Bell's palsy. Trial registration number: KCT0002557 (Clinical Research Information Service of the Republic of Korea). (Source: Medicine)
Source: Medicine - February 1, 2019 Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Study Protocol Clinical Trial Source Type: research

Effectiveness and safety of fire-needle moxibustion on insomnia: Protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis
Conclusion: The conclusion of this study will provide evidence to judge the effectiveness and safety of Fire-needle moxibustion on insomnia. Registration: PROS-PERO CRD42019120875. (Source: Medicine)
Source: Medicine - February 1, 2019 Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Study Protocol Systematic Review Source Type: research

Amiodarone and acupuncture for cardiac arrhythmia: Study protocol for a systematic review
Conclusion: The findings of this proposed study will summarize the up-to-date evidence of AA for CA. PROSPERO registration number: PROSPERO CRD42019120962. (Source: Medicine)
Source: Medicine - February 1, 2019 Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Study Protocol Systematic Review Source Type: research

Acupuncture for perimenopausal depressive disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis protocol
Conclusion: This study provides evidence for evaluating the efficacy and safety of acupuncture in the treatment of PDD. PROSPERO registration number: CRD42018115811. (Source: Medicine)
Source: Medicine - February 1, 2019 Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Study Protocol Systematic Review Source Type: research

Current Tracking on Effectiveness and Mechanisms of Acupuncture Therapy: A Literature Review of High-Quality Studies
This study summarized the dominant diseases of acupuncture focusing on of acupuncture efficacy and mechanisms, and discussed the existing problems, highlighting the direction of future developments. Most clinical studies were published in journals with journal impact factor (JIF) score of 10 or above, and majority of the basic researches had JIF scores of 5 to 10. The above literature were further divided according to the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). The most concerned diseases in these articles were neurological diseases, musculoskeletal system and connective tissue diseases, tumor and digestive system ...
Source: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine - February 1, 2019 Category: Internal Medicine Source Type: research

Demographic and Clinical Factors Associated with Patient Adherence to Acupuncture Treatment
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 - February 1, 2019 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Chun Nok Lam Dale Murnane Chris Ruth Yun Kim Chih-Ping Chou David S. Black Source Type: research

Interventions for treating urinary incontinence after stroke in adults.
CONCLUSIONS: There is insufficient evidence to guide continence care of adults in the rehabilitative phase after stroke. As few trials tested the same intervention, conclusions are drawn from few, usually small, trials. CIs were wide, making it difficult to ascertain if there were clinically important differences. Only four trials had adequate allocation concealment and many were limited by poor reporting, making it impossible to judge the extent to which they were prone to bias. More appropriately powered, multicentre trials of interventions are required to provide robust evidence for interventions to improve urinary inco...
Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews - February 1, 2019 Category: General Medicine Authors: Thomas LH, Coupe J, Cross LD, Tan AL, Watkins CL Tags: Cochrane Database Syst Rev Source Type: research

Acupuncture for primary trigeminal neuralgia: A systematic review and PRISMA-compliant meta-analysis.
CONCLUSIONS: Acupuncture might have some positive effects for PTN. Nevertheless, the level of all evidence was low or very low. We could not yet draw a firm conclusion on the efficacy of acupuncture for PTN. PMID: 30712736 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice)
Source: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice - February 1, 2019 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Hu H, Chen L, Ma R, Gao H, Fang J Tags: Complement Ther Clin Pract Source Type: research

Acupuncture therapy for the treatment of stable angina pectoris: An updated meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.
Abstract BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Stable angina pectoris is a common symptom imperiling patients' life quality. The purpose of this meta-analysis is to assess the effectiveness of acupuncture alone or acupuncture plus medicine for the treatment of stable angina pectoris. METHODS: Seven databases were searched ranging from 1959 to February 2018. Quantitative analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) was performed by RevMan 5.3 software and STATA 12.0 program, and Cochrane criteria for risk-of-bias was used to assess the methodological quality of the trials. RESULTS: A total of 12 RCTs involving 974 p...
Source: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice - February 1, 2019 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Liu Y, Meng HY, Khurwolah MR, Liu JB, Tang H, Aa N, Yang ZJ Tags: Complement Ther Clin Pract Source Type: research

Efficacy and safety of acupuncture for hypertension: An overview of systematic reviews.
CONCLUSION: High-quality SRs and randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are required. PMID: 30712726 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice)
Source: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice - February 1, 2019 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Zhao H, Li D, Li Y, Yang Y, Liu Y, Li J, Mao J Tags: Complement Ther Clin Pract Source Type: research

Effectiveness of a multifaceted intervention to manage musculoskeletal disorders in workers of a medium-sized company.
CONCLUSIONS: A multifaceted intervention consisting of PE, WE and Acupuncture as the main resource of PT performed at the workstations may be relevant to managing MSDs in working populations. PMID: 30696364 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics)
Source: International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics - January 31, 2019 Category: Occupational Health Tags: Int J Occup Saf Ergon Source Type: research

Putative Primo Vascular System in Rabbit Placenta
Publication date: Available online 23 January 2019Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian StudiesAuthor(s): Fatma El-Zahraa A. MustafaAbstractThe primo vascular system (PVS) is a very important topic of study nowadays because of their role in transport and regeneration of tissue and in cell migration and cancer metastasis. The PVS was detected in different organs of the rabbit but not in the placenta. In this work, we observe the PVS inside the blood vessels of the placenta for the first time. The main characteristic features of the primo vessels (PVs) from the rabbit placenta were in agreement with the PVS in differen...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - January 30, 2019 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Acupuncture therapy for fibromyalgia: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials
(Source: Journal of Pain Research)
Source: Journal of Pain Research - January 29, 2019 Category: Anesthesiology Tags: Journal of Pain Research Source Type: research

Effects of acupuncture in treating insomnia due to spleen-stomach disharmony syndrome and its influence on intestinal microbiome: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial
DiscussionThe results of this trial are expected to confirm that “harmonizing stomach to tranquilize mind” acupuncture can effectively relieve insomnia and alter the intestinal microbiome.Trial registrationChinese Clinical Trials Registry: ChiCTR1800017092. (Source: Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: Journal of Integrative Medicine - January 29, 2019 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Naturopathic Treatment and Complementary Medicine in Surgical Practice.
CONCLUSION: Certain naturopathic treatments and complementary medical methods may be useful in postoperative care and deserve more intensive study. In the publications consulted for this review, no serious side effects were reported. PMID: 30678751 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Deutsches Arzteblatt International)
Source: Deutsches Arzteblatt International - January 27, 2019 Category: General Medicine Tags: Dtsch Arztebl Int Source Type: research

Discussions on real-world acupuncture treatments for chronic low-back pain in older adults
Publication date: Available online 26 January 2019Source: Journal of Integrative MedicineAuthor(s): Arthur Yin Fan, Hui Ouyang, Xinru Qian, Hui Wei, David Dehui Wang, Deguang He, Haihe Tian, Changzhen Gong, Amy Matecki, Sarah Faggert Alemi (Source: Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: Journal of Integrative Medicine - January 26, 2019 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Combined electroacupuncture and auricular acupuncture for primary insomnia: a randomised controlled trial of dose-response effect.
PMID: 30674705 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Hong Kong Med J)
Source: Hong Kong Med J - January 26, 2019 Category: General Medicine Authors: Chung KF, Yeung WF, Yu BY, Zhang SP, Zhang ZJ Tags: Hong Kong Med J Source Type: research

Should acupuncture, biofeedback, massage, Qi gong, relaxation therapy, device-guided breathing, yoga and tai chi be used to reduce blood pressure?: Recommendations based on high-quality systematic reviews.
DISCUSSION/STRENGTH: The GRADE approach makes this review a unique reference for people who are considering the grade of quality of evidence in systematic reviews, the balance of desirable and undesirable consequences and the strength of recommendations to decide which intervention should be used to reduce BP. LIMITATIONS: Many non-drug therapies were excluded due to the low methodological quality of their systematic reviews, and only 14 therapies were evaluated in this review. As no patient-important outcomes were reviewed, surrogate outcomes were used to rate the strength of recommendations. This approach may cause ...
Source: Complementary Therapies in Medicine - January 25, 2019 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Niu JF, Zhao XF, Hu HT, Wang JJ, Liu YL, Lu DH Tags: Complement Ther Med Source Type: research

Acupuncture methods put to the test for a tinnitus study: A Bayesian analysis.
CONCLUSIONS: Eight interventions are all effective in the treatment of neurological tinnitus, but moxibustion acupuncture seems to be a better trend treatment for tinnitus. PMID: 30670243 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Complementary Therapies in Medicine)
Source: Complementary Therapies in Medicine - January 25, 2019 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Pang P, Shi Y, Xu H, Deng L, Wu S, Chen X Tags: Complement Ther Med Source Type: research

Acupuncture for treatment of insomnia: An overview of systematic reviews.
CONCLUSION: Most of the reviews included suggested that the acupuncture group was more effective than the control group in the treatment of insomnia, but the methodological quality of most of the studies and the quality of evidence were low. PMID: 30670275 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Complementary Therapies in Medicine)
Source: Complementary Therapies in Medicine - January 25, 2019 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: He W, Li M, Zuo L, Wang M, Jiang L, Shan H, Han X, Yang K, Han X Tags: Complement Ther Med Source Type: research

Acupuncture for the treatment of sudden sensorineural hearing loss: A systematic review and meta-analysis: Acupuncture for SSNHL.
Abstract BACKGROUND: Acupuncture as an alternative treatment method is widely used in the treatment of sudden sensorineural hearing loss(SSNHL) in China. We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to assess the clinical efficacy of acupuncture for the management of SSNHL patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, China National Knowledge Infrastructure and WanFang databases were searched. Searches were performed on April 27, 2018 and without language and publication year restrictions. We collected and analyzed the randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of acupuncture for the t...
Source: Complementary Therapies in Medicine - January 25, 2019 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Chen S, Zhao M, Qiu J Tags: Complement Ther Med Source Type: research

Chronic Pediatric Pain Management: a Review of Multidisciplinary Care and Emerging Topics
AbstractPurpose of ReviewChronic pain is a prevalent, disabling, and expensive pediatric condition. Specific treatment options have limited evidence and are often extrapolated from adult care. This review evaluates pain outcome measures, psychological treatment, pharmacologic management, multidisciplinary treatment models, and emerging topics in pediatric pain medicine.Recent FindingsMultimodal cognitive behavioral therapy and intensive interdisciplinary pain treatment have the strongest evidence for improving pain and function while decreasing healthcare utilization. There is emerging evidence that parental involvement in...
Source: Current Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Reports - January 25, 2019 Category: Rehabilitation Source Type: research

Efficacy of electro-acupuncture and manual acupuncture versus sham acupuncture for knee osteoarthritis: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial
Knee osteoarthritis (KOA) is one of the most common musculoskeletal disorders. Although the available evidence for its efficacy is inconclusive, acupuncture is used as an alternative therapy for KOA. The aim o... (Source: Trials)
Source: Trials - January 25, 2019 Category: General Medicine Authors: Jian-Feng Tu, Jing-Wen Yang, Lu-Lu Lin, Tian-Qi Wang, Yu-Zheng Du, Zhi-Shun Liu, Hui Hu, Jing-Jie Zhao, Xiao-Gang Yu, Chun-Sheng Jia, Jun Wang, Tong Wang, Ya-Quan Hou, Xuan Zou, Yu Wang, Jia-Kai Shao & hellip; Tags: Study protocol Source Type: research

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation on Acupuncture Points Improves Myofascial Pain, Moods, and Sleep Quality.
CONCLUSIONS: Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation at acupuncture and trigger points effectively improved pain, moods, and sleep quality in patients with spinal cord injury with myofascial pain. Acupuncture points had superior improvement in pain intensity and slight improvement in sleep quality than did trigger points. CLINICAL RELEVANCE: Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation at acupuncture points could be applied for improving myofascial pain. PMID: 30694996 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Rehabilitation Nursing)
Source: Rehabilitation Nursing - January 25, 2019 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Chiou YF, Yeh ML, Wang YJ Tags: Rehabil Nurs Source Type: research

Putative Primo-vascular System in Rabbit Placenta
Publication date: Available online 23 January 2019Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian StudiesAuthor(s): Fatma El-Zahraa A. MustafaAbstractThe primo vascular system (PVS) was a very important topic nowadays due to their function in transport, regeneration of tissue and help in cell migration and cancer metastasis. The PVS were detected in the different organ of the rabbit but not in the placenta. In this work, we observe the PVS inside the blood vessels of the placenta for the first time. The main characteristic futures of the primo vessels (PVs) from the rabbit placenta were in agreement with the PVS in different o...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - January 24, 2019 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 16, Pages 323: Interventional Effects of Weight-Loss Policy in a Healthy City among Participants with Metabolic Syndrome
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 co...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - January 24, 2019 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Hsu-Chih Tai I-Shiang Tzeng Yen-Ching Liang Hsiu-Hui Liao Chun-Hsien Su Woon-Man Kung Tags: Article Source Type: research

Integrative Pain Management for Hospice and Palliative Care (FR478)
Pain is a complex multidimensional issue compromised of physical, biochemical, neurological, nutritional, and psychosocial-spiritual components. Primary medical treatments to date habitually treat pain with pharmacologic management as first line of care, yet chronic pain management metrics have not improved. As opioid medications have recently come under intense scrutiny, certain integrative therapies such as acupuncture are now being recognized as effective for many chronic non-malignant pain syndromes, such as chronic headache and chronic low back pain. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - January 23, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Ann Marie Chiasson, Lucille Marchand Source Type: research

Effectiveness of acupuncture for vascular cognitive impairment no dementia: a randomized controlled trial.
CONCLUSION:: Compared with citicoline, acupuncture has comparable and even superior efficacy with improved cognitive and daily living performance as a complementary and alternative medicine treatment for VCIND. PMID: 30672317 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Clinical Rehabilitation)
Source: Clinical Rehabilitation - January 23, 2019 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Yang JW, Shi GX, Zhang S, Tu JF, Wang LQ, Yan CQ, Lin LL, Liu BZ, Wang J, Sun SF, Yang BF, Wu LY, Tan C, Chen S, Zhang ZJ, Fisher M, Liu CZ Tags: Clin Rehabil Source Type: research

Removal of an acupuncture needle accidentally broken in the neck.
PMID: 30685147 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Asian Journal of Surgery)
Source: Asian Journal of Surgery - January 23, 2019 Category: Surgery Authors: Fang X, Tian Z, Xie B, Guo H Tags: Asian J Surg Source Type: research

Effects of auricular acupuncture on chronic pain in people with back musculoskeletal disorders: a randomized clinical trial
ABSTRACT Objective: To evaluate the effects of auricular acupuncture on pain intensity, its impact on daily activities, the relief provided by the intervention, and the pain threshold in people with back musculoskeletal disorders. Methods: Randomized clinical trial carried out with people randomly allocated into three groups: treatment, placebo, and control. Evaluations were performed using the Brief Pain Inventory and a digital algometer before (initial) and after (final) the treatment and after a 15-day follow-up period. Results: The sample was 110 people. There was a decrease in pain intensity in the treatment and place...
Source: Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP - January 21, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: research

The effects of acupuncture on the secondary outcomes of anxiety and quality of life for women undergoing IVF: A randomized controlled trial
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)
Source: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica - January 20, 2019 Category: OBGYN Authors: Caroline A. Smith, Sheryl Lacey, Michael Chapman, Julie Ratcliffe, Robert J. Norman, Neil P. Johnson, Paul Fahey Tags: ORIGINAL RESEARCH ARTICLE Source Type: research

Hyperhomocysteinemia and metabolic syndrome show differences in ovulation, conception, pregnancy loss and live birth in women with PCOS: a secondary analysis of PCOSAct
ConclusionsIn PCOS patients, HHCY contributes to increased pregnancy loss and reduced ovulation, and MS was related to defects in ovulation, conception, pregnancy, pregnancy loss and live birth, indicating that the two conditions lead to defects at different reproductive stages. (Source: Reproductive BioMedicine Online)
Source: Reproductive BioMedicine Online - January 18, 2019 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research