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Electroacupuncture alleviates chemotherapy ‐induced pain through inhibiting phosphorylation of spinal CaMKII in rats
ConclusionsElectroacupuncture activates 5‐HT 1A receptors in the spinal cord and inhibits p‐CaMKII to alleviate both allodynia and hyperalgesia. The data support acupuncture/EA as a complementary therapy for CIP. SignificanceElectroacupuncture (EA) activates spinal 5‐HT1A receptors to inhibit p‐CaMKII to alleviate paclitaxel‐induced pain. Acupuncture/EA may be used as a complementary therapy for CIP. (Source: European Journal of Pain)
Source: European Journal of Pain - October 16, 2017 Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Y. Zhang, A. Li, J. Xin, K. Ren, B.M. Berman, L. Lao, R. ‐X. Zhang Tags: Original Article Source Type: research

MoS2/ Pt nanocomposites functionalized microneedle for real-time monitoring of hydrogen peroxide release from living cell
Analyst, 2017, Accepted Manuscript DOI: 10.1039/C7AN01446E, PaperJin-Xiu Zhou, Lina Tang, Fan Yang, Feng-Xia Liang, Hua Wang, Yutao Li, Guo-Jun Zhang This work describes the adaptive use of conventional stainless steel acupuncture needle as the electrode substrate for construction of molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) and platinum nanoparticles (PtNPs) layer modified microneedle sensor... The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry (Source: RSC - Analyst latest articles)
Source: RSC - Analyst latest articles - October 14, 2017 Category: Chemistry Authors: Jin-Xiu Zhou Source Type: research

Immunosuppressant Medication –Induced Lower Extremity Pain after Combined Liver and Kidney Transplant: A Case Report
We present a case of a 35-year-old woman who underwent a combined liver/kidney transplant and developed lower extremity pain while being maintained on tacrolimus. This case illustrates a patient with previously reported characteristic clinical features of calcineurin inhibitor–induced pain syndrome in addition to uncharacteristic neuropathic symptoms and imaging findings. The patient was treated successfully with gabapentin, calcitonin nasal spray, and acupuncture. Early recognition of this syndrome can help improve a patient’s quality of life. Level of Evidence To be determined. (Source: PMandR)
Source: PMandR - October 14, 2017 Category: Rehabilitation Source Type: research

Complementary and Integrative Medicine in Hematologic Malignancies: Questions and Challenges
AbstractHematologic malignancies represent 9.7% of all cancers, making them the fourth most common type of cancer in the United States. The aggressive and complex treatments administered in hematologic malignancies result in a high burden of psychological needs. Complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) is becoming one of the options that patients use to address their distress during and after cancer treatments. It is not clear whether appropriate CIM can relieve distress in patients affected by these malignancies. This review covers the potential benefits of CIM as relates to nutrition, nutritional supplements, exercis...
Source: Current Oncology Reports - October 14, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Efficacy differences of electroacupuncture with single acupoint or matching acupoints for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial
Previous studies have shown that acupuncture is beneficial for the alleviation of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. However, there is a lack of clinical evidence concerning the effects of acupoint-matc... (Source: Trials)
Source: Trials - October 13, 2017 Category: General Medicine Authors: Bo Chen, Yang Guo, Xue Zhao, Li-li Gao, Bo Li, Tian-yi Zhao, Qi-wen Zhang, Jin-xing Zou, Ming-yue Li, Yong-ming Guo, Yi Guo and Xing-fan Pan Tags: Study protocol Source Type: research

Acupuncture for Small Animal Neurological Disorders
This article is meant to help guide the use of TCVM for neurologic disorders in small animals, based on available information and recommendations from experienced TCVM practitioners. (Source: Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice)
Source: Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice - October 13, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Authors: Patrick Roynard, Lauren Frank, Huisheng Xie, Margaret Fowler Source Type: research

Acupuncture suppresses intravenous methamphetamine self-administration through GABA receptor ’s mediation
Conclusions Results of this study have shown that acupuncture at HT7 suppressed methamphetamine self-administration through GABA receptor system, suggesting that acupuncture at HT7 can be a useful therapy for the treatment of methamphetamine abuse. (Source: Neuroscience Letters)
Source: Neuroscience Letters - October 12, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Source Type: research

More than 80 Percent of VA Medical Facilities Offer Integrative Medicine for Pain Management
A new study from the RAND Corporation shows that nearly 80 percent of military medical facilities are offering integrative medicine for pain management and psychological treatment instead of opioids when possible. RAND conducted an environmental scan of military treatment facilities (MTFs) to understand the availability of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), the conditions for which CAM is being used, and the types and process of credentialing and privileging of CAM providers. They found that most MTFs (83 percent) offer CAM services, usually up to eight different types, with relaxation therapy, acupuncture, prog...
Source: Explore - October 10, 2017 Category: Nursing Authors: Bonnie Horrigan Tags: Matters of Note Source Type: research

Effects of different ‐intensity laser acupuncture at two adjacent same‐meridian acupoints on nitric oxide and soluble guanylate cyclase releases in human
ConclusionsThis is the first evidence reporting that LA induced significant elevations of NO‐sGC releases over acupoints, and the enhanced signal molecules contribute to local circulation, which improves the beneficial effects of the therapy. (Source: Microcirculation)
Source: Microcirculation - October 7, 2017 Category: Research Authors: Wan ‐Ling Jiang, Hua‐Jiang Wei, Zhou‐Yi Guo, Yi‐Rong Ni, Hong‐Qin Yang, Shu‐Sen Xie Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research

Objectively measuring effects of electro-acupuncture in parkinsonian rhesus monkeys.
Abstract Acupuncture has increasingly been used as an alternative therapy for treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD). However, the efficacy of acupunture for PD still remains unclear. The present study was designed to objectively and safely monitor anti-parkinsonian effects of electroacupuncture (EA) and brain activity in nonhuman primates modeling human PD. Six middle-aged rhesus monkeys were extensively studied by a computerized behavioral testing battery and by pharmacological MRI (phMRI) scans with specific dopaminergic drug stimulations. All animals were evaluated for behavior and phMRI responses under normal,...
Source: Brain Research - October 7, 2017 Category: Neurology Authors: Zhang R, Andersen AH, Hardy PA, Forman E, Evans A, Ai Y, Yue J, Yue G, Gash DM, Grondin R, Zhang Z Tags: Brain Res Source Type: research

Acupuncture alters pro-inflammatory cytokines in the plasma of maternally separated rat pups
AbstractObjectiveTo investigate the potential alleviating effects of acupuncture on maternal separation (MS)-induced changes in plasma pro-inflammatory cytokine levels of rat pups.MethodsOn postnatal day 15, rat pups were randomly assigned to 4 groups (n=6 per group) using a random number table: normal, MS, MS with acupuncture stimulation at Shenmen (HT 7) acupoint (MS+HT 7), and MS with acupuncture stimulation at Chengshan (BL 57) acupoint (MS+BL 57) groups. Rat pups in the normal group were housed with their mothers under standard conditions; those in the MS, MS+HT 7 and MS+BL 57 groups were maternally separated and indi...
Source: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine - October 6, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Source Type: research

Complementary therapies for symptom management in cancer patients
Aanchal Satija, Sushma BhatnagarIndian Journal of Palliative Care 2017 23(4):468-479Cancer patients are often poly-symptomatic which distressingly affects their quality of lives (QOLs). Alhough, conventional management provides adequate symptom control, yet is coupled with some limitations. Complementary therapies (CTs) have shown beneficial effects in cancer patients for symptomatic relief. The aim of this article is to provide evidence-based review of commonly used CTs for symptom management in cancer care. Hypnosis has promising evidence to be used for managing symptoms such as pain, chemotherapy-induced nausea/vomiting...
Source: Indian Journal of Palliative Care - October 6, 2017 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Aanchal Satija Sushma Bhatnagar Source Type: research

Localized argyria: troublesome side ‐effect of acupuncture
(Source: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology)
Source: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology - October 5, 2017 Category: Dermatology Authors: M.Y. Park, J.S. Lee, H.J. Jin, H.S. You, G.W. Kim, H.C. Ko, B.S. Kim, M.B. Kim, H.S. Kim Tags: Letter to the Editor Source Type: research

Massage Acupuncture, Moxibustion, and Other Forms of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Complementary and alternative medicine is frequently used by inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients; most common are massage, acupuncture, and moxibustion therapy. Massage therapy is poorly studied in IBD patients; therefore, its benefits remain unknown. Acupuncture and moxibustion therapy have been shown to improve inflammation and symptoms in animal and human studies. However, current clinical trials of acupuncture and moxibustion are of insufficient quality to recommend them as alternative therapy. Nonetheless, because these therapies seem generally to be safe, they may have a role as complementary to conventional th...
Source: Gastroenterology Clinics of North America - October 4, 2017 Category: Gastroenterology Authors: Daniel J. Stein Source Type: research

The long-term effect of acupuncture for patients with chronic tension-type headache: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial
The effectiveness of acupuncture for patients with chronic tension-type headache (CTTH) is controversial. In this article, we report the protocol for a randomized controlled trial aiming to evaluate the long-t... (Source: Trials)
Source: Trials - October 3, 2017 Category: General Medicine Authors: Lingyun Lu, Hui Zheng, Qianhua Zheng, Xinyu Hao, Siyuan Zhou, Shusen Zhang, Tao Wei, Tao Gao, Duoxi Duan, Ling Zhao, Ning Li and Ying Li Tags: Study protocol Source Type: research

Migraines —The Parable of the People Who Were Blind and the Elephant
To the Editor The Original Investigation by Zhao et al in a recent issue ofJAMA Internal Medicine is mindful of a lesson learned 4 decades ago addressing what superficially appears to be a different disorder. At that time, there were no insights as to effective treatment of fibromyalgia. The physical therapist from our rheumatology treatment team had just returned from a lecture by Janet Travell, MD, on myofascial pain syndrome, noting an overlap of many symptoms with fibromyalgia, and the physical therapist from our team asked if he might apply the treatment, an electrical acupuncture technique. Because I knew of no effec...
Source: JAMA Internal Medicine - October 1, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Source Type: research

‘Acupuncture for antenatal depression: It’s worth giving it a go’ — A qualitative study
Treatment strategies for the management of antenatal depression are limited by varied and often modest response rates, unpleasant medication side effects and uncertainty regarding foetal safety. Consequently, many pregnant women experiencing depression seek alternative non-pharmaceutical options. Acupuncture may provide a safe and potentially effective additional treatment, however further investigation is required. In this qualitative study, we explored the views of health professionals regarding the possible incorporation of acupuncture into mainstream care. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - September 28, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Simone M. Ormsby, Hannah G. Dahlen, Carolyn C. Ee, Hazel Keedle, Caroline A. Smith Tags: Original Research – Qualitative Source Type: research

Biopsychological and pathophysiological features of Cold-Heat subgroup of Sasang typology with Sasang Digestive Function Inventory, Sasang Personality Questionnaire and Body Mass Index
Conclusion The results of the present study showed that the objective and validated clinical measures of SDFI, SPQ and BMI would be useful for differentiating Cold-Heat subgroups of Sasang typology. Further clinical studies on pathophysiological mechanisms in Cold-Heat subgroup are required to generalize these results. (Source: Integrative Medicine Research)
Source: Integrative Medicine Research - September 28, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Development of an ultrasound-imaging procedure and acquisition of ultrasound images of acupuncture points for safety and accuracy of needle insertion
Conclusion These baseline images could be helpful for understanding the anatomy under the skin at acupuncture points, which would allow for an enhanced safety and more accurate needling. (Source: Integrative Medicine Research)
Source: Integrative Medicine Research - September 28, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Effect of thread embedding acupuncture for facial wrinkles and laxity: a single-arm, prospective, open-label study
Conclusion In this study, thread embedding acupuncture showed clinical potential for facial wrinkles and laxity. However, further large-scale trials with a controlled design and objective measurements are needed. (Source: Integrative Medicine Research)
Source: Integrative Medicine Research - September 28, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

'Acupuncture for antenatal depression: It's worth giving it a go' - A qualitative study.
CONCLUSION: Participants expressed an overall positive attitude towards the possible inclusion of acupuncture into mainstream care for antenatal depression, suggesting various hospital barriers could be overcome with further safety and effectiveness evidence. PMID: 28966129 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 28, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Ormsby SM, Dahlen HG, Ee CC, Keedle H, Smith CA Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Pneumothorax as a Result of Acupuncture
This article has been peer reviewed. Article Submitted on: 29th August 2017 Article Accepted on: 15th September 2017 Funding Sources: None declared Correspondence to: Dr Nathan C. Claydon Address: Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Grass […] (Source: Journal of Pakistan Medical Students)
Source: Journal of Pakistan Medical Students - September 27, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: anis Source Type: research

Study of Therapy and Assessment on Acupuncture Habilitation for Children with Cerebral Palsy
To investigate the effects of clearing the mind Acupuncture in neural development and remediation of children with cerebral palsy. (Source: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)
Source: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - September 24, 2017 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Huan Liu Source Type: research

Evaluating Integrative Approaches for Fibromyalgia in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (PM & R)
The aim of this research was to evaluate integrative approaches for fibromyalgia In PM&R as an alternative or a complementary approach to SOC (Standard of care); PM&R and integrative medicine approaches like acupuncture or laser therapy share similar goals and methods. These approaches not only focus on the disease itself but on the patient. Therefore, the patient ’s quality of life, physical, psychological, social and behavioral factors are also be taken into account; This integrated approach allows a holistic interpretation of the clinical picture of the patient, when it concerns multi-factorial and complex...
Source: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - September 24, 2017 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Alfonso Tramontana, Roberto Sorge, Angelo Labate, Esther De la Paz, Juan carlos Miangolarra Page, Barbara Siminovich-Blok Source Type: research

Pregnancy outcomes of women randomized to receive real versus placebo acupuncture on the day of fresh or frozen-thawed embryo transfer
Conclusion Acupuncture during IVF treatment does not influence pregnancy outcomes. (Source: European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology)
Source: European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology - September 23, 2017 Category: OBGYN Source Type: research

Acupuncture Effect On Pain, Mouth Opening Limitation And On The Energy Meridians In Patients With Temporomandibular Dysfunction: A Randomized Controlled Trial
In conclusion, volunteers with TMD presented a pattern of energy deficiency and the most prevalent imbalance patterns identified were in the Meridians coupled to the Kidney and Bladder, and in the Shao Yin (Heart/Kidney) and Shao Yang (Triple Energizer/Gall Bladder) Energetic Planes. The acupuncture points used were equally effective in reducing pain in both groups; increasing the unassisted mouth opening limitation without pain in the Treatment group, and were also effective in preserving the Yin energy in the Treatment group. The Yang energy decreased equally in both groups. (Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies)
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - September 22, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Pregnancy outcomes of women randomized to receive real versus placebo acupuncture on the day of fresh or frozen-thawed embryo transfer
Acupuncture is commonly used in various aspect of Western medicine in recent years including in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment. Although there are many clinical trials of acupuncture in IVF and the Cochrane meta-analysis did not find benefit of adjuvant acupuncture for IVF, there is no report on the pregnancy outcomes of women who had received acupuncture during their IVF treatment. (Source: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology)
Source: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology - September 22, 2017 Category: OBGYN Authors: Mimi T.Y. Seto, Ka Wang Cheung, Tsz Kin Lo, Ernest H.Y. Ng Tags: Full length article Source Type: research

Effectiveness of acupuncture for breast cancer related lymphedema: protocol for a single-blind, sham-controlled, randomized, multicenter trial
Although various treatments for breast cancer related lymphedema exist, there is still a need for a more effective and convenient approach. Pilot studies and our clinical observations suggested that acupunctur... (Source: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
Source: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine - September 21, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Huiru Zhu, Jinwan Li, Zheng Peng, Yujie Huang, Xiaolan Lv, Liuying Song, Gechen Zhou, Shengzhang Lin, Jifei Chen, Baoyu He, Fengxian Qin, Xumexiang Liu, Meiyu Dai, Yan Zou and Shengming Dai Tags: Study protocol Source Type: research

Acupuncture for analgesia in the emergency department: a multicentre, randomised, equivalence and non-inferiority trial.
CONCLUSION: The effectiveness of acupuncture in providing acute analgesia for patients with back pain and ankle sprain was comparable with that of pharmacotherapy. Acupuncture is a safe and acceptable form of analgesia, but none of the examined therapies provided optimal acute analgesia. More effective options are needed. TRIAL REGISTRATION: Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry, ACTRN12609000989246. PMID: 28918732 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Medical Journal of Australia)
Source: Medical Journal of Australia - September 20, 2017 Category: General Medicine Tags: Med J Aust Source Type: research

Effect of Thread Embedding Acupuncture for Facial Wrinkles and Laxity: A single arm, prospective, open label study
Conclusion In this study, thread embedding acupuncture showed clinical potential for facial wrinkles and laxity. However, further large-scale trials with a controlled design and objective measurements are needed. (Source: Integrative Medicine Research)
Source: Integrative Medicine Research - September 20, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Acquisition of ultrasound imaging of acupuncture points for safety and accuracy
Conclusion These baseline images could be helpful for understanding the anatomy under the skin at acupuncture points, which would allow for enhanced safety and more accurate needling. (Source: Integrative Medicine Research)
Source: Integrative Medicine Research - September 20, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Effectiveness and safety of acupuncture in the treatment of Parkinson's disease: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.
CONCLUSIONS: We found that acupuncture might be a safe and useful adjunctive treatment for patients with PD. However, because of methodological flaws in the included studies, conclusive evidence is still lacking. More rigorous and well-designed placebo-controlled trials should be conducted. PMID: 28917379 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Complementary Therapies in Medicine)
Source: Complementary Therapies in Medicine - September 19, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Noh H, Kwon S, Cho SY, Jung WS, Moon SK, Park JM, Ko CN, Park SU Tags: Complement Ther Med Source Type: research

Emesis in patients receiving acupuncture, sham acupuncture or standard care during chemo-radiation: A randomized controlled study.
CONCLUSION: Patients treated with verum acupuncture needed less antiemetics and experienced milder nausea than other patients. Our study was small and many analyses lacked statistical power to detect differences; we welcome further sham-controlled efficacy studies and studies regarding the role of non-specific treatment components for experiencing antiemetic effects of acupuncture. PMID: 28917369 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Complementary Therapies in Medicine)
Source: Complementary Therapies in Medicine - September 19, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Widgren Y, Enblom A Tags: Complement Ther Med Source Type: research

Application of the chronic constriction injury of the partial sciatic nerve model to assess acupuncture analgesia
(Source: Journal of Pain Research)
Source: Journal of Pain Research - September 19, 2017 Category: Anesthesiology Tags: Journal of Pain Research Source Type: research

Thoracic Spondylodiscitis Epidural Abscess in an Afebrile Navy Veteran: A Case Report
The purpose of this case study was to describe the differential diagnosis of a thoracic epidural abscess in a Navy veteran who presented to a chiropractic clinic for evaluation and management with acupuncture within a Veterans Affairs Medical Center. (Source: Journal of Chiropractic Medicine)
Source: Journal of Chiropractic Medicine - September 19, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Zachary A. Cupler, Michael T. Anderson, Thomas J Stancik Source Type: research

Auricular vagal nerve stimulation in peripheral arterial disease patients.
Abstract BACKGROUND: Auricular nerve stimulation has been proven effective in different diseases. We investigated if a conservative therapeutic alternative for claudication in peripheral arterial occlusive disease (PAD) via electroacupuncture of the outer ear can be established. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this prospective, double-blinded trial an ear acupuncture using an electroacupuncture device was carried out in 40 PAD patients in Fontaine stage IIb. Twenty patients were randomized to the verum group using a fully functional electroacupuncture device, the other 20 patients received a sham device (control gro...
Source: VASA. Zeitschrift fur Gefasskrankheiten. Journal for Vascular Diseases - September 18, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Hackl G, Prenner A, Jud P, Hafner F, Rief P, Seinost G, Pilger E, Brodmann M Tags: Vasa Source Type: research

Acupuncture plus Herbal Medicine for Alzheimer's Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.
The objective of this meta-analysis is to evaluate the effectiveness of combining acupuncture with herbal medicine to treat AD. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of acupuncture plus herbals versus treatment with western drugs for AD were retrieved from 11 databases. The data were extracted by two authors; dichotomous data were expressed as odds ratio (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs), while continuous data were calculated by mean differences (MDs) with 95% CIs. Although the combined analysis of the score of Activity of Daily Life (ADL) scale MD was [Formula: see text]3.59 (95% CI [Formula: see text]7.18-0.01, [For...
Source: The American Journal of Chinese Medicine - September 18, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Zhou S, Dong L, He Y, Xiao H Tags: Am J Chin Med Source Type: research

Neuronal Regeneration after Electroacupuncture Treatment in Ischemia-Reperfusion-Injured Cerebral Infarction Rats.
Abstract Adult neuronal cells which can regenerate have been reported. The present study investigated whether acupuncture enhances neuronal regeneration in ischemic stroke rats. We established an ischemic stroke rat model by occluding the cerebral blood flow of the right middle cerebral artery for 15 minutes and then allowing reperfusion in Sprague-Dawley rats. The results indicated that, in these rats, 2 Hz electroacupuncture (EA) at both Zusanli (ST36) and Shangjuxu (ST37) acupoints reduced the infarction/hemisphere ratio 8 days after reperfusion and reduced the modified neurological severity score (mNSS)...
Source: Biomed Res - September 16, 2017 Category: Research Authors: Liao SL, Lin YW, Hsieh CL Tags: Biomed Res Int Source Type: research

A narrative review of non-operative treatment, especially traditional Chinese medicine therapy, for lumbar intervertebral disc herniation.
Authors: Zhang B, Xu H, Wang J, Liu B, Sun G Abstract Lumbar intervertebral disc herniation (LIDH), as the main contributor to low back pain and sciatica, imposes a heavy burden on both the individual and society. Non-operative treatment or conservative treatment has proven effective in alleviation of the symptoms of LIDH and are considered to be a first-line choice for most cases. Active lifestyle, physical therapy, complementary and alternative medicine therapy or Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) therapy, and pharmacotherapy are routinely used as effective non-operative treatment for LIDH patients. However, how...
Source: BioScience Trends - September 16, 2017 Category: Biomedical Science Tags: Biosci Trends Source Type: research

Drug-Herb Interactions in the Elderly Patient with IBD: a Growing Concern
Opinion statementInflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which includes conditions such as Crohn ’s disease and ulcerative colitis, is becoming more prevalent with the elderly being the fastest growing group. Parallel to this, there is an increasing interest in the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Nearly half of patients with IBD have used CAM at one time. The elderly pati ents, however, are burdened by comorbid conditions, polypharmacy, and altered functional status. With increasing use of complementary and alternative medicine in our elderly patients with IBD, it is vital for the provider to provide c...
Source: Current Treatment Options in Gastroenterology - September 16, 2017 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: research

Manual Acupuncture Suppresses the Expression of Proinflammatory Proteins Associated with the NLRP3 Inflammasome in the Hippocampus of SAMP8 Mice.
Authors: Ding N, Jiang J, Lu M, Hu J, Xu Y, Liu X, Li Z Abstract OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of manual acupuncture (MA) on NLRP3 inflammasome-related proteins. METHODS: SAMP8 mice were randomly divided into Alzheimer's disease (AD) group, the MA group, and the medicine (M) group. Mice in the M group were treated with donepezil hydrochloride at 0.65 μg/g. In the MA group, MA was applied on Baihui (GV20) and Yintang (GV29) for 20 min and then pricked at Shuigou (GV26). The Morris water maze was applied to assess spatial learning and memory. Immunohistochemical staining and western blot a...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - September 15, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research

Comparison of the Therapeutic Effects of Acupuncture at PC6 and ST36 for Chronic Myocardial Ischemia.
Authors: Shi L, Fang J, Zhao J, Liu G, Zhao Q, Zhang J, Zhang J, Zhu B, Liang F, Rong P Abstract We aimed to compare the differences of the effects on chronic myocardial ischemia (MI) of acupuncture at PC6 and ST36. The chronic MI model of minipigs was created by implanting an Ameroid constrictor on the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) and then two weeks' acupuncture was stimulated at PC6 or ST36, respectively. The results showed that both acupoints' stimulation decreased the serous cardiac troponin T (cTnT) and ischemia modified albumin (IMA) significantly and improved the ischemic ECG changes. The a...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - September 15, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research

Manual Acupuncture at PC6 Ameliorates Acute Restraint Stress-Induced Anxiety in Rats by Normalizing Amygdaloid Noradrenergic Response.
Authors: Zhao Z, Kim SC, Liu H, Zhang J, Wang Y, Cho IJ, Lee BH, Song CH, Lee CW, Yang CH, Zhao R, Wu Y Abstract Acupuncture improves ethanol withdrawal-induced anxiety in rats in an acupoint-dependent manner. Thus, the present study investigated the effects of acupuncture on acute restraint stress- (ARS-) induced anxiety. Male rats were exposed to ARS for 3 h followed by acupuncture at either PC6 (Neiguan), HT7 (Shenmen), or a nonacupoint (tail) once a day for three consecutive days. Five minutes after the third acupuncture treatment, anxiety-like behavior was evaluated in an elevated plus maze (EPM). Addit...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - September 15, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research

Acupuncture lowering blood pressure for secondary prevention of stroke: a study protocol for a multicenter randomized controlled trial
We report a protocol of a pragmatic randomized controlled ... (Source: Trials)
Source: Trials - September 15, 2017 Category: General Medicine Authors: Yu-zheng Du, Xin-xin Gao, Cheng-Ting Wang, Hai-zhen Zheng, Yun Lei, Meng-han Wu, Xue-min Shi, Hai-peng Ban, Wen-long Gu, Xiang-gang Meng, Mao-ti Wei and Chun-xiao Hu Tags: Study protocol Source Type: research

GSE100599 Genome-wide Regulation of Electro-acupuncture on the Neural Stat5-loss-induced Obese Mice
Contributors : Shu-Ping Fu ; Hao Hong ; Chen-Jun Hu ; Hou-xi XuSeries Type : Expression profiling by high throughput sequencingOrganism : Mus musculusPurpose: Acupuncture is reported to be effective in treating obesity related illnesses, but its mechanism is still unclear. To investigate this mechanism we applied electro-acupuncture (EA) in a mouse model of obesity and used RNA-seq to identify molecular consequences.Methods: Adult male mice (17w) were divided into three groups: Stat5fl/fl, Stat5NKO, Stat5NKO+EA groups, hypothalamus and Epi-WAT mRNA profiles of mice in each group were generated by deep sequencing,using Illu...
Source: GEO: Gene Expression Omnibus - September 14, 2017 Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Tags: Expression profiling by high throughput sequencing Mus musculus Source Type: research

Abstract P215: NADPH Oxidase Dependent Oxidative Stress and Redox Sensitive MAPKs Contribute to the Mechanisms of Acupuncture in Rostral Ventrolateral Medulla of Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats [Session Title: Onsite Poster Competition I With Reception]
This study was designed to evaluate the hypothesis that acupuncture exerts an antihypertensive effect via ameliorating oxidative stress and the redox-sensitive pathway in the RVLM of spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs). Two weeks of acupuncture reduced blood pressure and sympathetic nervous system activity in SHRs. Oxidative stress in the RVLM was alleviated by acupuncture, accompanied by a decrease in NADPH oxidase activity and expression of its subunits. Acupuncture significantly altered the mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) signaling pathway as assessed by pathway enrichment analysis in a gene chip assay. The...
Source: Hypertension - September 14, 2017 Category: Cardiology Authors: Xuerui Wang, Jingwen Yang, Caishuo Ji, Xianghong Zeng, Guangxia Shi, Marc Fisher, Cunzhi Liu Tags: Poster Abstract Presentations Source Type: research

Randomized single-blind multicenter trial comparing the effects of standard and augmented acupuncture protocols on sleep quality and depressive symptoms in patients with depression
. (Source: Psychology, Health and Medicine)
Source: Psychology, Health and Medicine - September 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Xiuyun Wen Qian Wu Jianhua Liu Zhenhua Xu Li Fan Xiaokai Chen Qing He Rui Ma Yanan Wu Shuo Jiang Shujun Xu Wenbin Fu Source Type: research

Methological quality of systematic reviews and meta-analyses on acupuncture for stroke: A review of review
ConclusionsImportant methodological flaws were found in Chinese systematic reviews and primary studies. It was necessary to improve the methodological quality and reporting quality of both the systematic reviews published in China and primary studies on acupuncture for stroke. (Source: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine - September 13, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Source Type: research

Pharmacological and mechanical interventions for labour induction in outpatient settings.
CONCLUSIONS: Induction of labour in outpatient settings appears feasible and important adverse events seem rare, however, in general there is insufficient evidence to detect differences. There was no strong evidence that agents used to induce labour in outpatient settings had an impact (positive or negative) on maternal or neonatal health. There was some evidence that compared to placebo or no treatment, induction agents administered on an outpatient basis reduced the need for further interventions to induce labour, and shortened the interval from intervention to birth.We do not have sufficient evidence to know which induc...
Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews - September 13, 2017 Category: General Medicine Authors: Vogel JP, Osoti AO, Kelly AJ, Livio S, Norman JE, Alfirevic Z Tags: Cochrane Database Syst Rev Source Type: research

Contact Tools in Japanese Acupuncture: Ethnography of Acupuncture Practitioners in Japan
This study aimed to identify procedural elements of Japanese acupuncture, describe these elements in detail, and explain them in terms of the key thematic category of treatment principles. Between August 2012 and December 2016, ethnographic fieldwork was conducted in Japan. In total, 38 participants were recruited by chain referral and emergent sampling. Data was collected through participant observation, interviews, and by analyzing documents. A total of 22 participants agreed to clinical observation; 221 treatments were observed with 172 patients. Seventeen consented to formal interviews and 28 to informal interviews. Th...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - September 12, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research