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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

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

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
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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

Effects of Combined Far-Infrared Radiation and Acupuncture at ST36 on Peripheral Blood Perfusion and Autonomic Activities.
Authors: Yang CC, Lin GM, Wang JH, Chu HC, Wu HT, Chen JJ, Sun CK Abstract Using four-channel photoplethysmography (PPG) for acquiring peripheral arterial waveforms, this study investigated vascular and autonomic impacts of combined acupuncture-far infrared radiation (FIR) in improving peripheral circulation. Twenty healthy young adults aged 25.5 ± 4.6 were enrolled for 30-minute measurement. Each subject underwent four treatment strategies, including acupuncture at ST36 (Zusanli), pseudoacupuncture, FIR, and combined acupuncture-FIR at different time points. Response was assessed at 5-minute intervals. Area...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - September 9, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research

Reply to the Letter to the Editor (Electrodermal Conductance at Acupuncture Points and Asthma)
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies, Volume 10, Issue 4 Author(s): Kuntal Ghosh, Alex Hankey, Thaiyar M. Srinivasan (Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies)
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - September 8, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Acupuncture for chronic pain: an update and critical overview
Purpose of review: Acupuncture is now recommended for several chronic pain conditions. Despite supportive evidence of its effectiveness, this ancient approach is often misunderstood, and may still be underused in mainstream practice. A critical review on its effectiveness and practice integration, and mechanisms of action is essential to the medical community that is continuing to seek nonopioid therapies for chronic pain. Recent findings: Mounting evidence supports the effectiveness of acupuncture to treat chronic low back, neck, shoulder, and knee pain, as well as headaches. Additional data are emerging that support the...
Source: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology - September 7, 2017 Category: Anesthesiology Tags: PAIN MEDICINE: Edited by Thomas E. Buchheit Source Type: research

Acupuncture for temporomandibular joint syndrome
Publication date: Available online 6 September 2017 Source:British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Author(s): W. Rodgers (Source: British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery)
Source: British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery - September 7, 2017 Category: ENT & OMF Source Type: research

Laser acupuncture at GV20 improves brain damage and oxidative stress in animal model of focal ischemic stroke
In conclusion, laser acupuncture at GV20 decreases brain infarction volume in cerebral ischemic rats, at least in part due to decreased oxidative stress. Further study is warranted to investigate other possible underlying mechanisms. (Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies)
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - September 7, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Acupuncture for the Treatment of Chronic Pain in the Military Population: Factors Associated With Treatment Outcomes
Discussion: The use of electrical stimulation and higher baseline pain score were associated with a positive treatment outcome, while the presence of a psychological comorbidity diminished the likelihood of treatment success. Practitioners should consider using electrical stimulation more frequently, and addressing psychopathology before or concurrent to treatment, when initiating acupuncture. (Source: The Clinical Journal of Pain)
Source: The Clinical Journal of Pain - September 6, 2017 Category: Anesthesiology Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research

Acupuncture for temporomandibular joint syndrome
Acupuncture for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome is listed as an “emerging treatment” in the recent edition of BMJ Best Practice,1 which recommends that “Acupuncture treatment can be given weekly for a total of six treatments”. In addition, the NICE Clinical Knowledge Summary2 has suggested that referral of the patient to an acupuncture specialist should be considered, to help relax muscular spasm. (Source: The British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery)
Source: The British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery - September 6, 2017 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: W. Rodgers Tags: Letter to the Editor 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 female 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 CIPS in addition to uncharacteristic neuropathic symptoms and imaging findings. The patient was successfully treated with gabapentin, calcitonin nasal spray, and acupuncture. Early recognition of this syndrome can help improve a patient’s quality of life. (Source: PMandR)
Source: PMandR - September 5, 2017 Category: Rehabilitation Source Type: research

European guideline for the diagnosis and treatment of insomnia.
, Weeß HG, Wichniak A, Zavalko I, Arnardottir ES, Deleanu OC, Strazisar B, Zoetmulder M, Spiegelhalder K Abstract This European guideline for the diagnosis and treatment of insomnia was developed by a task force of the European Sleep Research Society, with the aim of providing clinical recommendations for the management of adult patients with insomnia. The guideline is based on a systematic review of relevant meta-analyses published till June 2016. The target audience for this guideline includes all clinicians involved in the management of insomnia, and the target patient population includes adults with chro...
Source: Journal of Sleep Research - September 5, 2017 Category: Sleep Medicine Authors: Riemann D, Baglioni C, Bassetti C, Bjorvatn B, Dolenc Groselj L, Ellis JG, Espie CA, Garcia-Borreguero D, Gjerstad M, Gonçalves M, Hertenstein E, Jansson-Fröjmark M, Jennum PJ, Leger D, Nissen C, Parrino L, Paunio T, Pevernagie D, Verbraecken J, Weeß H Tags: J Sleep Res Source Type: research

Effect of Electro-Acupuncture on Neuroplasticity of Spinal Cord-Transected Rats.
CONCLUSIONS EA may promote the recovery of neuroplasticity in rats subjected to SCT. This could be attributed to the systematic regulation of NTFs and their receptors after EA. PMID: 28865235 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Medical Science Monitor)
Source: Medical Science Monitor - September 4, 2017 Category: Research Tags: Med Sci Monit Source Type: research

Systematic Review on Acupuncture for Treatment of Dysphagia after Stroke.
Authors: Ye Q, Xie Y, Shi J, Xu Z, Ou A, Xu N Abstract OBJECTIVE: To assess the therapeutic efficacy of acupuncture for dysphagia after stroke. METHODS: Seven electronic databases were searched from their inception until 31 September 2016. All randomized controlled trials (RCTs) incorporating acupuncture or acupuncture combined with other interventions for treatment of dysphagia after stroke were enrolled. Then they were extracted and assessed by two independent evaluators. Direct comparisons were conducted in RevMan 5.3.0 software. RESULTS: 6010 patients of 71 papers were included. The pooled analysis of e...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - September 1, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research

Electro-acupuncture treatment for internet addiction: Evidence of normalization of impulse control disorder in adolescents
AbstractObjectiveTo observe the impacts of electro-acupuncture (EA) and psychological intervention (PI) on impulsive behavior among internet addiction (IA) adolescents.MethodsThirty-two IA adolescents were allocated to either EA (16 cases) or PI (16 cases) group by a randomized digital table. Subjects in the EA group received EA treatment and subjects in the PI group received cognition and behavior therapy. All adolescents underwent 45-d intervention. Sixteen healthy volunteers were recruited into a control group. Barratt Impulsiveness Scale (BIS-11) scores, Young's Internet Addiction Test (IAT) as well as the ratio of bra...
Source: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine - September 1, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Source Type: research

Effects of acupuncture at the ST-36 point on muscle sympathetic nerve activity and blood pressure in normal adults
The aim of the present study was to determine the effects of acupuncture on post-ganglionic muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA) in humans. MSNA was measured in 8 healthy adult males by microneurography evaluation of the left peroneal nerve. Blood pressure (BP) and heart rate (HR) were simultaneously recorded. MSNA was evaluated as the burst rate, with total MSNA, BP and HR normalized to their respective baseline values. After 10min of rest in the supine position, acupuncture was applied to the right ST-36 point in the tibialis anterior muscle for 15min, with recovery then monitored over a 20-min period. (Source: Auton...
Source: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical - September 1, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Kenichi Kimura, Kazuya Ishida, Noriyo Takahashi, Yasushi Toge, Fumihiro Tajima Source Type: research

Anti-inflammatory effects and mechanisms of vagal nerve stimulation combined with electroacupuncture in a rodent model of TNBS-induced colitis
The purpose of this study was to determine the effects and mechanisms of vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) and additive effects of electroacupuncture (EA) on colonic inflammation in a rodent model of IBD. Chronic inflammation in rats was induced by intrarectal TNBS (2,4,6-trinitrobenzenesulfonic acid). The rats were then treated with sham ES (electrical stimulation), VNS, or VNS + EA for 3 wk. Inflammatory responses were assessed by disease activity index (DAI), macroscopic scores and histological scores of colonic tissues, plasma levels of TNFα, IL-1β, and IL-6, and myeloperoxidase (MPO) activity of colonic tissues...
Source: AJP: Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology - September 1, 2017 Category: Gastroenterology Authors: Jin, H., Guo, J., Liu, J., Lyu, B., Foreman, R. D., Yin, J., Shi, Z., Chen, J. D. Z. Tags: RESEARCH ARTICLE Source Type: research

Effect of acupuncture on vascular biomarkers and psychological well-being of women undergoing IVF
The objectives of this pilot study were (1) to assess the impact of acupuncture on psychological well-being of women undergoing IVF, and (2) to determine the effects of acupuncture on tissue perfusion using vascular tone (represented as the ratio of urinary 6-k-PGF1 α to TxB2) as a surrogate. (Source: Fertility and Sterility)
Source: Fertility and Sterility - September 1, 2017 Category: Reproduction Medicine Authors: J.L. Phy, J. Orlando, Y. Zhang, S. Garos, L. Penrose, S. Prien, J. Huang Tags: Poster session Source Type: research

Effect of acupuncture on pain and quality of life in canine neurological and musculoskeletal diseases.
Abstract This prospective study investigated the effects of acupuncture alone or combined with analgesics in chronic pain and quality of life assessed by owners for up to 24 weeks in 181 dogs with neurological and musculoskeletal diseases. The scores before and after the onset of treatment were evaluated using the Wilcoxon test and the evolution of success was evaluated by Kaplan-Meier curves. Differences were considered significant at P
Source: The Canadian Veterinary Journal - September 1, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Authors: Silva NEOF, Luna SPL, Joaquim JGF, Coutinho HD, Possebon FS Tags: Can Vet J Source Type: research

Effects of acupuncture at the ST-36 point on muscle sympathetic nerve activity and blood pressure in normal adults.
Abstract The aim of the present study was to determine the effects of acupuncture on post-ganglionic muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA) in humans. MSNA was measured in 8 healthy adult males by microneurography evaluation of the left peroneal nerve. Blood pressure (BP) and heart rate (HR) were simultaneously recorded. MSNA was evaluated as the burst rate, with total MSNA, BP and HR normalized to their respective baseline values. After 10min of rest in the supine position, acupuncture was applied to the right ST-36 point in the tibialis anterior muscle for 15min, with recovery then monitored over a 20-min peri...
Source: Autonomic Neuroscience - September 1, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Kimura K, Ishida K, Takahashi N, Toge Y, Tajima F Tags: Auton Neurosci Source Type: research

Traditional manual acupuncture combined with rehabilitation therapy for shoulder hand syndrome after stroke within the Chinese healthcare system: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Abstract OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effectiveness of traditional manual acupuncture combined with rehabilitation therapy versus rehabilitation therapy alone for shoulder hand syndrome after stroke. DATA SOURCES: PubMed, EMBASE, the Cochrane Library, Chinese Biomedicine Database, China National Knowledge Infrastructure, VIP Information Database, Wan Fang Database and reference lists of the eligible studies were searched up to July 2017 for relevant studies. METHODS: Randomized controlled trials that compared the combined effects of traditional manual acupuncture and rehabilitation therapy to rehabilita...
Source: Clinical Rehabilitation - September 1, 2017 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Peng L, Zhang C, Zhou L, Zuo HX, He XK, Niu YM Tags: Clin Rehabil Source Type: research

Poster 116: Acupuncture for Veterans with Chronic Pain - A Quality Improvement Initiative
Vishal Kamani, MD: I Have No Relevant Financial Relationships To Disclose (Source: PM and R)
Source: PM and R - September 1, 2017 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Vishal Kamani, Peter Lapen, Yvonne Lucero, Vijaya Patil, Deborah Kim, Sung Ahn, Sami Chaudhuri Source Type: research

Antidepressant Effects of Pharmacopuncture on Behavior and Brain-derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) Expression in Chronic Stress Model of Mice
Conclusion HJ11 improves depressive-like behaviors in stress-induced mouse model of depression, and the results indicate that neuroprotective effect of HJ11 identified by BDNF expression may play a critical role in its antidepressant effect. (Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies)
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - August 31, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Clinical Effects of Laser Acupuncture plus Chinese Cupping on the Pain and Plasma Cortisol Levels in Patients with Chronic Nonspecific Lower Back Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial.
CONCLUSION: Laser acupuncture plus Chinese cupping at the Weizhong (BL40) and Ashi acupoints effectively reduced pain and inflammation in chronic nonspecific LBP. This therapy could be a suitable option for LBP treatment in clinical settings. PMID: 28848615 [PubMed] (Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - August 30, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research

The Effect of Mindfulness and Acupuncture on Psychological Health in Veterans: an Exploratory Study
AbstractiRest Yoga Nidra ® is a guided mindfulness approach that encourages relaxation, focused attention, experience of joy, observation of opposite feelings and emotions, non-judgment, and integration of these principles into daily life. iRest was developed for the military population, but the research on its effectivene ss is in its infancy. This exploratory study examined the effectiveness of iRest in combination with acupuncture compared to acupuncture alone in improving psychological health in Veterans. The combined treatment yielded significant psychological benefit in depression, psychological symptom severity ...
Source: Mindfulness - August 29, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Magnetic noninvasive acupuncture for infant comfort (MAGNIFIC) – a single‐blinded randomised controlled pilot trial
ConclusionThis pilot study shows that auricular MA is feasible in neonates and may reduce PIPP scores during heel pricks. Further study is required to determine the impact of MA on other painful or stressful conditions and on neurodevelopment. (Source: Acta Paediatrica)
Source: Acta Paediatrica - August 29, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Kerry L. Chen, Kwee Bee Lindrea, Im Quah ‐Smith, Georg M. Schmölzer, Mary Daly, Timothy Schindler, Ju Lee Oei Tags: Regular Article Source Type: research

Randomized study exploring the combination of radiotherapy with two types of acupuncture treatment (ROSETTA): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial
Adverse effects such as fatigue, pain, erythema, nausea and vomiting are commonly known in patients undergoing irradiation (RT) alone or in combination with chemotherapy (RCHT). Patients suffering from these s... (Source: Trials)
Source: Trials - August 29, 2017 Category: General Medicine Authors: Rebecca Asadpour, Kerstin A. Kessel, Tom Bruckner, Serkan Sertel and Stephanie E. Combs Tags: Study protocol Source Type: research

The efficacy and safety stimulating a single acu-point Shenmen (HT 7) for managing insomnia: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials
Conclusions There was insufficient evidence to confirm whether HT7 stimulation could improve insomnia but there are some positive indications which warrant further research. These findings should be interpreted with caution due to the poor reporting and methodological quality of included trials. Keywords: HT7, shenmen, insomnia, acupressure, moxa, systematic review, meta-analysis (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - August 27, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Urge Incontinence: Updates in Non-pharmacologic Treatments
AbstractPurpose of reviewThe aim of this manuscript is to provide an overview of the recent literature on non-pharmacologic therapies for urgency urinary incontinence (UUI), specifically focusing on treatments for adult women who suffer from UUI in the setting of idiopathic overactive bladder syndrome (OAB).Recent findingsThis review describes recent studies examining the efficacy of biofeedback-assisted pelvic muscle therapy, the effect of bariatric surgery on urinary incontinence, alternative approaches for tibial and transcutaneous nerve stimulation, sacral neuromodulation as compared to botulinum toxin type A, and 5-ye...
Source: Current Obstetrics and Gynecology Reports - August 26, 2017 Category: OBGYN Source Type: research

Acupuncture for chloasma: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials
Conclusions In summary, this systematic review and meta-analysis suggests that acupuncture might be effective and safe for chloasma. However, there is not enough evidence to draw any definite conclusion due to the low quality of included trials. Future clinical trials with strong methodology should be conducted. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - August 26, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Perceived benefits of utilising acupuncture by reason for use among US adults.
PMID: 28844063 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society)
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - August 26, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Rhee TG Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Motion video-based quantitative analysis of the 'lifting-thrusting' method: a comparison between teachers and students of acupuncture.
CONCLUSIONS: The 'lifting-thrusting' manipulation could be simplified as a fixed-axis rotation using metacarpophalangeal joints in the thumb and forefinger as the shaft centre. Teachers opened at a larger angular variation for the PIP during the lifting and thrusting processes with better spatial control. Temporal control was similar between groups and therefore appears easier to grasp. Repetitive training might be helpful for improving athletic and spatial stability during needle manipulation. PMID: 28844062 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society)
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - August 26, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tang WC, Yang HY, Liu TY, Gao M, Xu G Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Contact Tools in Japanese Acupuncture: An 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. Thirty eight participants were recruited by chain referral and emergent sampling. Data was collected through participant observation, interviews and by analysing documents. Twenty two participants agreed to clinical observation; 221 treatments were observed with 172 patients. Seventeen consented to formal interviews and 28 to informal interviews. Themati...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - August 24, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research