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Recommended Articles for June Issue of 2017
Publication date: Available online 25 May 2017 Source:Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies (Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies)
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - May 26, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Can a science-based definition of acupuncture improve clinical outcomes?
Publication date: May 2017 Source:Journal of Integrative Medicine, Volume 15, Issue 3 Author(s): Ted Priebe, Steven H. Stumpf, Rod Zalunardo Research on acupuncture has been muddled by attempts to bridge the ancient with the modern. Barriers to effectiveness research are reflected in recurring conflicts that include disagreement on use of the most basic terms, lack of standard intervention controls, and the absence of functional measures for assessing treatment effect. Acupuncture research has stalled at the “placebo barrier” wherein acupuncture is “no better than placebo.” The most widely recogniz...
Source: Journal of Integrative Medicine - May 24, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Neuroprotective effect of electroacupuncture and upregulation of hypoxia-inducible factor-1 α during acute ischaemic stroke in rats.
Neuroprotective effect of electroacupuncture and upregulation of hypoxia-inducible factor-1α during acute ischaemic stroke in rats. Acupunct Med. 2017 May 23;: Authors: Li C, Zhang T, Yu K, Xie H, Bai Y, Zhang L, Wu Y, Wang N Abstract BACKGROUND: Acupuncture is a traditional method that has been widely used in various fields of medicine with therapeutic effect. However, evidence of effectiveness to support the application of electroacupuncture (EA) during the process of ischaemia is scarce. OBJECTIVES: To investigate dynamic changes in hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)-1α expression as w...
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - May 23, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Li C, Zhang T, Yu K, Xie H, Bai Y, Zhang L, Wu Y, Wang N Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Comparing Effects of Two Different Types of Nei-Guan Acupuncture Stimulation Devices in Reducing Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting.
CONCLUSIONS: The results of this study support the use of a relief band when compared with a wrist band and with a control group to reduce PONV in women after gynecologic surgery. PMID: 28527545 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing)
Source: Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing - May 22, 2017 Category: Nursing Authors: Oh H, Kim BH Tags: J Perianesth Nurs Source Type: research

Acupuncture modulates the abnormal brainstem activity in migraine without aura patients
Publication date: Available online 22 May 2017 Source:NeuroImage: Clinical Author(s): Zhengjie Li, Fang Zeng, Tao Yin, Lei Lan, Nikos Makris, Kristen Jorgenson, Taipin Guo, Feng Wu, Yujie Gao, Mingkai Dong, Mailan Liu, Jie Yang, Ying Li, Qiyong Gong, Fanrong Liang, Jian Kong Migraine is a common neurological disease with a high prevalence and unsatisfactory treatment options. The specific pathophysiological mechanisms of migraine remain unclear, which restricts the development of effective treatments for this prevalent disorder. The aims of this study were to 1) compare the spontaneous brain activity differences between M...
Source: NeuroImage: Clinical - May 22, 2017 Category: Radiology Source Type: research

Principles of ear acupuncture: Microsystem of the auricle
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Source: Cranio - Journal of Craniomandibular and Sleep Practice - May 22, 2017 Category: Sleep Medicine Authors: Dan Jenkins Source Type: research

Hemodynamic changes caused by acupuncture in healthy volunteers: a prospective, single-arm exploratory clinical study
The objective of this study was to investigate the changes in RPPW along with various hemodyna... (Source: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
Source: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine - May 22, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tae-Hun Kim, Boncho Ku, Jang-Han Bae, Jae-Young Shin, Min-Ho Jun, Jung Won Kang, Junghwan Kim, Jun-Hwan Lee and Jaeuk U. Kim Source Type: research

Acupuncture Therapy and Incidence of Depression After Stroke [Brief Report]
Conclusions—In patients admitted to hospital for stroke, acupuncture therapy within 3 months after discharge was not associated with subsequent incidence of depression. (Source: Stroke)
Source: Stroke - May 22, 2017 Category: Neurology Authors: Chung-Yen Lu, Hsin-Chia Huang, Hen-Hong Chang, Tsung-Hsien Yang, Chee-Jen Chang, Su-Wei Chang, Pei-Chun Chen Tags: Treatment, Quality and Outcomes, Cerebrovascular Disease/Stroke Brief Reports Source Type: research

Mechanisms Underlying the Antidepressant Response of Acupuncture via PKA/CREB Signaling Pathway.
The objective was to identify the mechanisms underlying the antidepressant response of acupuncture through PKA signaling pathway in depression rats by employing the PKA signaling pathway inhibitor H89 in in vivo experiments. Our results indicated that the expression of hippocampal PKA-α and p-CREB was significantly downregulated by chronic unpredicted mild stress (CUMS) procedures. Importantly, acupuncture reversed the downregulation of PKA-α and p-CREB. The expression of PKA-α was upregulated by fluoxetine, but not p-CREB. No significant difference was found between Acu and FLX groups on the expression o...
Source: Neural Plasticity - May 21, 2017 Category: Neurology Authors: Jiang H, Zhang X, Wang Y, Zhang H, Li J, Yang X, Zhao B, Zhang C, Yu M, Xu M, Yu Q, Liang X, Li X, Shi P, Bao T Tags: Neural Plast Source Type: research

Acupuncture for the Management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in a Patient with Myasthenia Gravis: A Case Report
Publication date: Available online 18 May 2017 Source:Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies Author(s): Yun Jin Kim Myasthenia Gravis is an acquired disease of the neuromuscular junction characterized by muscular weakness and fatigue, with a prevalence of 50 to 125 cases per million population in Western countries. In males, it usually appears after the age of 60 while in females, it usually appears before the age of 40. Long-term immunosuppression with corticosteroids is the mainstay treatment for patients with myasthenia gravis; however, the use of corticosteroids is a well-documented risk factor of Type 2 diabetes...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - May 19, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Electrodermal Conductance at Acupuncture Points and Asthma
Publication date: Available online 18 May 2017 Source:Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies Author(s): Yiu Ming Wong (Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies)
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - May 19, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Mechanisms of Acupuncture Therapy for Cerebral Ischemia: an Evidence-Based Review of Clinical and Animal Studies on Cerebral Ischemia
AbstractIschemic stroke is a major cause of mortality and disability worldwide. As a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture has been shown to be effective in promoting recovery after stroke. In this article, we review the clinical and experimental studies that demonstrated the mechanisms of acupuncture treatment for cerebral ischemia. Clinical studies indicated that acupuncture activated relevant brain regions, modulated cerebral blood flow and related molecules in stroke patients. Evidence from laboratory indicated that acupuncture regulates cerebral blood flow and metabolism after the interrupt of blood ...
Source: Journal of NeuroImmune Pharmacology - May 19, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

National clinical guidelines for non-surgical treatment of patients with recent onset neck pain or cervical radiculopathy
AbstractPurposeTo summarise recommendations about 21 selected non-surgical interventions for recent onset (
Source: European Spine Journal - May 18, 2017 Category: Orthopaedics Source Type: research

Acupuncture “Rewires” the Brain … with Lasting Effects
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine , Vol. 0, No. 0. (Source: The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine)
Source: The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine - May 18, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

A critical overview of the current myofascial pain literature – June 2017
We would like to welcome Dr. Li-Wei Chou, MD, PhD as our newly appointed contributing author. Dr. Chou is Assistant Professor at China Medical University in Taichung, Taiwan and he has an impressive publication record with many research studies and book chapters. The current overview includes several articles comparing dry needling (DN) to acupuncture with sharply contrasting points of view. Several basic studies shed further light on the nature of myofascial pain, myalgia, fascia and examination techniques, such as sonoelastography. (Source: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies)
Source: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies - May 17, 2017 Category: Physiotherapy Authors: Jan Dommerholt, Li-Wei Chou, Michelle Finnegan, Todd Hooks Tags: REVIEW: Source Type: research

Reply to the Letter to the Editor (JAMS_2017_28, Yiu Ming Wong: Electrodermal Conductance at Acupuncture Points and Asthma)
Publication date: Available online 15 May 2017 Source:Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies Author(s): Kuntal Ghosh, Alex Hankey, T.M. Srinivasan (Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies)
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - May 16, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

An overview of systematic reviews of complementary and alternative therapies for fibromyalgia using both AMSTAR and ROBIS as quality assessment tools
ConclusionsOverall, five reviews scored 6 or above using the AMSTAR scale and the inter-rater agreement was good (83.6%), whereas seven reviews achieved a low risk of bias rating using ROBIS and the inter-rater agreement was fair (60.0%). No firm conclusions were drawn for efficacy of either spinal manipulation or homoeopathy for FM. There is limited evidence for topicalCapsicum, but further research is required. There is some evidence to support the effectiveness of acupuncture for FM, but further high-quality trials are needed to investigate its benefits, harms and mechanisms of action, compared with no or standard treat...
Source: Systematic Reviews - May 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Effect of Acupressure, Acupuncture and Moxibustion in Women With Pregnancy-Related Anxiety and Previous Depression: A Preliminary Study.
CONCLUSION: The oriental treatments may be useful for pregnant women who need perinatal mental health care. PMID: 28496555 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Clin Med Res)
Source: Clin Med Res - May 14, 2017 Category: Research Authors: Suzuki S, Tobe C Tags: J Clin Med Res Source Type: research

The effectiveness of long-needle acupuncture at acupoints BL30 and BL35 for CP/CPPS: a randomized controlled pilot study
The chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) is one of the commonest chronic inflammatory diseases in adult men, for which acupuncture has been used to relieve related symptoms. The present s... (Source: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
Source: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine - May 12, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Minjie Zhou, Mingyue Yang, Lei Chen, Chao Yu, Wei Zhang, Jun Ji, Chi Chen, Xueyong Shen and Jian Ying Source Type: research

What can acupuncture bring to Western medicine? The perspective of health professionals also trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine-based acupuncture
Conclusion Acupuncture has been revealed as a new avenue of cooperation between professionals and a way to transcend the traditional division between disciplines. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - May 12, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Integrative Medicine for the Treatment of Persistent Pain
Integrative health modalities can provide useful tools in the management of persistent pain in the primary care setting. These modalities, such as acupuncture, mind-body medicine, diet and herbs, and movement strategies can be safely used and may provide patients with hope and empowerment. It is highly recommended that the patient work alongside trained professionals for a given modality and/or an interprofessional team. (Source: Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice)
Source: Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice - May 11, 2017 Category: Primary Care Authors: Marni G. Hillinger, Ruth Q. Wolever, Lindsey C. McKernan, Roy Elam Source Type: research

Integrative Medicine for Gastrointestinal Disease
This article reviews data on some common and well-studied approaches, including mind –body therapies, acupuncture, diet, probiotics, and dietary supplements and herbs. Although clear recommendations can be made for some conditions, in others there are challenges in translating these findings owing to small study size, lack of standardization, and trial heterogeneity. (Source: Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice)
Source: Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice - May 11, 2017 Category: Primary Care Authors: Michelle L. Dossett, Ezra M. Cohen, Jonah Cohen Source Type: research

Deqi Induction by HT7 Acupuncture Alters Theta and Alpha Band Coherence in Human Healthy Subjects.
Authors: Lee GE, Yun JM, Yang SB, Kang Y, Kang HW, Choi KH, Kim J, Kwon OS, Park JE, Kim JH Abstract The aim of this preliminary study is to investigate the changes in phase synchronization in the theta and alpha bands before and during the performance of classical acupuncture on the Sinmun (HT7). The electroencephalogram (EEG) signals from nine healthy young subjects were recorded before and during acupuncture in the "closed-eye" state. The EEG signals were acquired from 19 surface scalp electrodes (FP1, FP2, F7, F3, Fz F4, F8, T3, C3, Cz, C4, T4, T5, P3, Pz, P4, T6, O1, and O2). Needles were inserted in...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - May 11, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research

Corrigendum to "Acupuncture for Spasticity after Stroke: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials".
Corrigendum to "Acupuncture for Spasticity after Stroke: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials". Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2017;2017:7324857 Authors: Lim SM, Yoo J, Lee E, Kim HJ, Shin S, Han G, Ahn HS Abstract [This corrects the article DOI: 10.1155/2015/870398.]. PMID: 28479927 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - May 11, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research

Electroacupuncture ameliorates spatial learning and memory impairment via attenuating NOX2-related oxidative stress in a rat model of Alzheimer's disease induced by A β1-42.
Electroacupuncture ameliorates spatial learning and memory impairment via attenuating NOX2-related oxidative stress in a rat model of Alzheimer's disease induced by Aβ1-42. Cell Mol Biol (Noisy-le-grand). 2017 Apr 29;63(4):38-45 Authors: Wu G, Li L, Li HM, Zeng Y, Wu WC Abstract Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a chronic neurodegenerative disorder characterized by progressive deterioration of cognition and memory, in which oxidative stress has been played a crucial role in the pathology of AD. Electroacupuncture (EA) is a widely used therapy based on traditional acupuncture combined with modern electro...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Biology - May 11, 2017 Category: Molecular Biology Tags: Cell Mol Biol (Noisy-le-grand) Source Type: research

Medical residents' interest in and current status of Japanese postgraduate education in acupuncture and moxibustion: a follow-up survey.
CONCLUSIONS: Postgraduate AM education for medical residents appears to be relatively scarce in Japan. Moreover, medical residents' levels of interest in AM were lower than those demonstrated before their 4th-year AM lectures in medical school. PMID: 28495839 [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 - May 11, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Nakada Y, Takashi M, Arai K, Arai M Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Protective Effects of Acupuncture in Cardiopulmonary Bypass-Induced Lung Injury in Rats
AbstractAcute lung injury caused by cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) increases the mortality after cardiac surgery. Our previous clinical study suggested that electroacupuncture (EAc) has a protective effect during CPB, but the mechanism was unclear. So, we design this study to investigate the effects of EAc on CPB-induced lung injury and the underlying mechanism. Male Sprague Dawley rats were randomly divided into control, CPB, and CPB  + EAc groups. A lung injury model was created by CPB surgery to serve as the CPB group, and EAc (2/100 Hz) was used before CPB in the CPB + EAc group. Lung tissue was ...
Source: Inflammation - May 10, 2017 Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research

Electro-Acupuncture at Zusanli Acupoint (ST36) Suppresses Inflammation in Allergic Contact Dermatitis Via Triggering Local IL-10 Production and Inhibiting p38 MAPK Activation
This study aimed to investigate if electro-acupuncture (EA) treatment prevents 2,4-dinitrofluorobenzene (DNFB)-induced allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) in rats and explore its underlying mechanisms. ACD was induced by sensitizing and challenging with DNFB topically. Rats were treated daily following bilateral subcutaneous stimulation of EA atZusanli acupoint (ST36) for 1  week. Ear swelling and serum IgE levels were measured. The ear biopsies were obtained for histology. Inflammatory cytokines on the dermatological ear and local acupoint tissue were assayed. Spleen lymphocytes and the homogenized supernatant of local...
Source: Inflammation - May 10, 2017 Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research

Characteristics of Traditional Chinese Medicine Usage in Children with Precocious Puberty: A Nationwide Population-Based Study
Conclusion Our study identified the characteristics and prescription patterns of TCM for children with PP in Taiwan. Further basic mechanistic studies and clinical trials are needed to confirm the efficacy and mechanism. Graphical abstract (Source: Journal of Ethnopharmacology)
Source: Journal of Ethnopharmacology - May 10, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

[Complementary and alternative procedures for fibromyalgia syndrome : Updated guidelines 2017 and overview of systematic review articles].
CONCLUSION: Meditative movement therapies (e.g. qi gong, tai chi and yoga) are strongly recommended. Acupuncture and weight reduction in cases of obesity can be considered. PMID: 28493227 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Schmerz)
Source: Schmerz - May 10, 2017 Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Langhorst J, Heldmann P, Henningsen P, Kopke K, Krumbein L, Lucius H, Winkelmann A, Wolf B, Häuser W Tags: Schmerz Source Type: research

Role of Acupoint Area Collagen Fibers in Anti-Inflammation of Acupuncture Lifting and Thrusting Manipulation.
Authors: Wang F, Cui GW, Kuai L, Xu JM, Zhang TT, Cheng HJ, Dong HS, Dong GR Abstract The role of the acupoint area collagen fibers in the efficacy of acupuncture lifting and thrusting (L&T) manipulation will be explored in this paper. 30 male NZW rabbits were randomly divided into 6 groups: sham operation group (Group N), model group (Group M), acupuncture without manipulation group (Group W), acupuncture L&T manipulation group (Group A), collagenase pretreatment group (Group JM), and collagenase pretreatment + acupuncture L&T manipulation group (Group JA). The bacterial endotoxin was used to generate ...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - May 8, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research

Comparison of Effects of Local Anesthesia and Two-Point Acupressure on the Severity of Venipuncture Pain Among Hospitalized 6 –12-Year-Old Children
Publication date: Available online 24 April 2017 Source:Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies Author(s): Parisa Shah Mohammadi Pour, Golnaz Foroogh Ameri, Majid Kazemi, Yones Jahani The aim of the present study was to compare the effects of topical anesthesia and acupressure at the Yintang (Extra 1) and the Laogong (P-8) points on the severity of venipuncture pain among hospitalized 6–12-year-old children. A sample (n = 120) of 6–12-year-old hospitalized children was recruited from two teaching hospitals located in Rafsanjan, Iran. The children were allocated to the topical anesthesia, acupress...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - May 8, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Bee Venom Acupuncture Reduces Interleukin-6, Increases Interleukin-10, and Induces Locomotor Recovery in a Model of Spinal Cord Compression
Publication date: Available online 21 April 2017 Source:Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies Author(s): Raquel Nascimento de Souza, Fernanda Kohn Silva, Magda Alves de Medeiros Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) initiate a series of molecular and cellular events in which inflammatory responses can lead to major neurological dysfunctions. The present study aims to investigate whether bee venom (BV) acupuncture applied at acupoints ST36 (Zunsanli) and GV3 (Yaoyangquan) could minimize locomotor deficits and the magnitude of neural tissue losses, and change the balance between pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines after an SCI...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - May 8, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Resource Utilization for Non-operative Cervical Radiculopathy: Management by Surgeons versus Non-surgeons
Cervical radiculopathy is a relatively prevalent condition with an estimated incidence of 1.79 occurrences per 1000 person-years [1]. It is most commonly attributed to disc or spondylotic pathologies [2], although other etiologies include degenerative changes and inflammatory responses [3,4]. The vast majority of patients with such conditions improve with non-operative modalities such as medications, physical therapy, corticosteroid injections, or chiropractic and acupuncture techniques [1,5]. In specific situations, such as failure to improve with non-operative treatment, surgery may be an appropriate option [6,7]. (Sourc...
Source: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery - May 6, 2017 Category: Neurosurgery Authors: Sophie H. Chung, Daniel D. Bohl, Jonathan T. Paul, Jeffrey A. Rihn, James S. Harrop, Zoher Ghogawala, Alan S. Hilibrand, Jonathan N. Grauer Source Type: research

Response of Blood Perfusion at ST 36 Acupoint after Drinking Cold Glucose or Saline Injection.
Authors: Wang G, Jia S, Li H, Wang Z, Tian Y, Zhang W Abstract Skin blood flux (SkBF) changes caused by drinking cold water are generally associated with vagal tone and osmotic factors in digestive system. According to acupuncture theory, change of SkBF at ST 36 might reflect the functional changes of digestive system. The aim of this study is to analyze the changes of SkBF after drinking 3°C 0.9% saline or 5% glucose injection by monitor blood flux at bilateral ST 36. The results indicated that, after drinking different cold water, the change ratio of SkBF at right side ST 36 has been different. Because all so...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - May 5, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research

A Rare Cause of Abdominal Pain
Question: A 62-year-old woman presented with sudden abdominal pain in the left lower quadrant for 2 days. The needle-like abdominal pain was aggravated when changing body position and during defecation, but remitted when lying flat. She had a history of cerebral infarction and had been accepting acupuncture therapy at the right Huantiao (GB30) acupoint, one-third of the distance from the femoral greater trochanter peak to the sacral hiatus. Physical examination revealed left lower abdominal tenderness without other symptoms. (Source: Gastroenterology)
Source: Gastroenterology - May 5, 2017 Category: Gastroenterology Authors: An-qi He, Kai-yu Li, Gang Liu Tags: Clinical Challenges and Images in GI Source Type: research

Acupuncture goes beyond the needle: trajectories of formation and action of acupuncturists
The objective of the article was to analyze the trajectories of formation and professional action of acupuncturists. This is a qualitative study, based on the methodological framework of the narratives of life stories. There were eight participants among healthcare professionals, five men and three women, graduated in nursing, physiotherapy, and medicine, who used acupuncture from the perspective of Chinese Medicine and answered structured interviews. The analysis of the narratives implied three main categories: Search for new rationalities in health; Entering in the acupuncture universe; Acupuncture goes beyond the needle...
Source: Saude e Sociedade - May 4, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: research

On "Battlefield Acupuncture: Is It Ready for Widespread Dissemination?"
On "Battlefield Acupuncture: Is It Ready for Widespread Dissemination?" South Med J. 2017 May;110(5):392 Authors: Federman DG PMID: 28464184 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Southern Medical Journal)
Source: Southern Medical Journal - May 4, 2017 Category: Journals (General) Tags: South Med J Source Type: research

Comparative Assessment of the Heart's Functioning by Using the Akabane Test and Classical Methods of Instrumental Examination
Publication date: Available online 21 April 2017 Source:Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies Author(s): Valery Muzhikov, Elena Vershinina, Vadim Belenky, Ruslan Muzhikov Acupuncture physicians have studied the application of reflexotherapy to cardiology. However, no one has investigated the connection of ancient Chinese diagnostic methods with modern tools. A total of 102 patients (54 men and 48 women) with heart pathology, namely, sick-sinus syndrome, Wolff–Parkinson–White syndrome, and atrioventricular blockade, were studied using the usual instrumental methods (transesophageal electrophysiological st...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - May 4, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Assessing the quality of reports about randomized controlled trials of scalp acupuncture treatment for vascular dementia
This study aimed to evaluate the quality of reports about randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of scalp acupuncture (SA) for the treatment of vascular dementia (VD). (Source: Trials)
Source: Trials - May 2, 2017 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Young-Nim You, Myung-Rae Cho, Ju-Hyung Park, Gwang-Cheon Park, Min-Yeong Song, Jin-Bong Choi, Chang-Su Na, Jae-Young Han, Jeong-cheol Shin and Jae-Hong Kim Source Type: research

An integrative Chinese-Western diagnostic approach to predict a positive response to acupuncture.
PMID: 28465345 [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 - May 2, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Chung KF, Yeung WF, Leung CY, Yu YM Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

An autopsy case of fatal acute peritonitis complicated by illegal acupuncture therapy
Acupuncture is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine involving inserting thin needles into the body at acupuncture points. Recently, the use of acupuncture has increased in Eastern and Western countries, which is commonly used for pain relief [1]. It is generally accepted as a safe intervention when practiced by well educated and appropriately trained practitioner using clean technique and disposable single-use needles. Most reported adverse effects are minor without serious events. We experienced a rare autopsy case, who died from fatal acute peritonitis after receiving acupuncture by an illegal practitioner. (S...
Source: Forensic Science International - May 1, 2017 Category: Forensic Medicine Authors: DongJa Kim, SangHan Lee Tags: Case Report Source Type: research

A mathematical model of histamine-mediated neural activation during acupuncture.
Abstract Acupoints (Xuewei) are the focus of acupuncture on the body in traditional Chinese medicine treatment. Mast and nerve cells share a perivascular location and are abundantly found at these acupoints. Both environmental factors and medical treatments (chemical and physical stimuli) can stimulate local mast cells (MCs) to degranulate and thus release histamine which then activates the nearby nerves and therefore contributes to a signal transmission from the peripheral to the central nervous system. In this paper, a mathematical model is constructed to describe the signaling pathways that originate from ...
Source: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology - April 29, 2017 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Yin N, Yang H, Yao W, Ding G Tags: Biomech Model Mechanobiol Source Type: research

What is lost in the acupuncture trial when using a sham intervention?
PMID: 28456756 [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 - April 29, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Kim TH, Kang JW, Lee MS Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Modulation of neurogenesis via neurotrophic factors in acupuncture treatments for neurological diseases.
Abstract Acupuncture is one of the main healing arts in Oriental medicine. It has long been used in East Asian countries, including Korea and China, and is thought to be an effective alternative treatment for various neurological diseases. The therapeutic effects of acupuncture come from inserting a needle at specific acupoints on the body surface, with subsequent delivery of stimulation via manual rotation or electric pulses (electroacupuncture, EA). In various neurological disease models, peripheral nerve stimulation using acupuncture or EA may have protective effects on neural tissues by increasing expression o...
Source: Biochemical Pharmacology - April 28, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: Shin HK, Lee SW, Choi BT Tags: Biochem Pharmacol Source Type: research

Comparison of the analgesic effects between electro-acupuncture and moxibustion with visceral hypersensitivity rats in irritable bowel syndrome.
Abstract AIM: To observe whether there are differences in the effects of electro-acupuncture (EA) and moxibustion (Mox) in rats with visceral hypersensitivity. METHODS: EA at 1 mA and 3 mA and Mox at 43 °C and 46 °C were applied to the Shangjuxu (ST37, bilateral) acupoints in model rats with visceral hypersensitivity. Responses of wide dynamic range neurons in dorsal horns of the spinal cord were observed through the extracellular recordings. Mast cells (MC) activity in the colons of rats were assessed, and 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT), 5-hydroxytryptamine 3 receptor (5-HT3R) and 5-HT4R expressions in t...
Source: World Journal of Gastroenterology : WJG - April 28, 2017 Category: Gastroenterology Authors: Zhao JM, Li L, Chen L, Shi Y, Li YW, Shang HX, Wu LY, Weng ZJ, Bao CH, Wu HG Tags: World J Gastroenterol Source Type: research

Comparative effectiveness of electro-acupuncture versus gabapentin for sleep disturbances in breast cancer survivors with hot flashes: a randomized trial
This study evaluated the effects of electro-acupuncture (EA) versus gabapentin (GP) for sleep disturbances among breast cancer survivors experiencing daily hot flashes. Methods: We analyzed data from a randomized controlled trial involving 58 breast cancer survivors experiencing bothersome hot flashes at least two times per day. Participants were randomly assigned to receive 8 weeks of EA or daily GP (total dose of 900 mg/d). The primary outcome was change in the total Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) score between groups at week 8. Secondary outcomes include specific PSQI domains. Results: By the end of treatment...
Source: Menopause - April 27, 2017 Category: OBGYN Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research

Acupuncture upregulates G protein coupled activity in SAMP8 mice.
CONCLUSIONS: Sanjiao acupuncture attenuates cognitive deficits in a mouse model of AD via upregulation of G protein activity and stabilisation of the cellular signal. PMID: 28450287 [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 - April 27, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Luo B, Zhao L, Zhang X, Kan B, Liu Y, Jia Y, Han J, Yu J Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

The effectiveness of acupuncture, acupressure and chiropractic interventions on treatment of chronic nonspecific low back pain in Iran: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
CONCLUSION: This systematic review demonstrates that acupuncture, acupressure and chiropractic may have a favorable effect on self-reported pain and functional limitations on NSCLBP. However, the results should be interpreted in the context of the limitations identified, particularly in relation to the heterogeneity in the study characteristics and the low methodological quality in many of the included studies. PMID: 28438274 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice)
Source: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice - April 26, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Yeganeh M, Baradaran HR, Qorbani M, Moradi Y, Dastgiri S Tags: Complement Ther Clin Pract Source Type: research

Electroacupuncture Promotes Central Nervous System ‐Dependent Release of Mesenchymal Stem Cells
Abstract Electroacupuncture (EA) performed in rats and humans using limb acupuncture sites, LI‐4 and LI‐11, and GV‐14 and GV‐20 (humans) and Bai‐hui (rats) increased functional connectivity between the anterior hypothalamus and the amygdala and mobilized mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) into the systemic circulation. In human subjects, the source of the MSC was found to be primarily adipose tissue, whereas in rodents the tissue sources were considered more heterogeneous. Pharmacological disinhibition of rat hypothalamus enhanced sympathetic nervous system (SNS) activation and similarly resulted in a release of MSC i...
Source: Stem Cells - April 25, 2017 Category: Stem Cells Authors: Tatiana E. Salazar, Matthew R. Richardson, Eleni Beli, Matthew S. Ripsch, John George, Youngsook Kim, Yaqian Duan, Leni Moldovan, Yuanqing Yan, Ashay Bhatwadekar, Vaishnavi Jadhav, Jared A. Smith, Susan McGorray, Alicia L. Bertone, Dmitri O. Traktuev, Kei Tags: Regenerative Medicine Source Type: research