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

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

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

Systematic review of acupuncture placebo devices with a focus on the credibility of blinding of healthy participants and/or acupuncturists.
CONCLUSION: Overall, there were insufficient data to confirm the blinding effects of these skin-contact PADs as each device was associated with limitations that warrant further design improvements. PMID: 29669794 [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 18, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Zhang GS, Zhang CS, Tan HY, Wang Y, DaCosta C, Zhang AL, Xue CC, Xie YM Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Electroacupuncture reduces hypothalamic and medullary expression of orexins and their receptors in a rat model of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
CONCLUSIONS: The positive effect of EA on pulmonary function in COPD rats may be related to downregulation of orexins and their receptors in the medulla. PMID: 29669795 [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 18, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Zhang XF, Qin Q, Geng WY, Jiang CW, Liu Y, Liu XL, Li J, Liu ZB Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Arterial injury at LI4.
PMID: 29581136 [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 - March 26, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Cummings M, Klonowska M, Ferreira SH Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome with acupuncture.
PMID: 29581137 [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 - March 26, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Zhang H, Li D, Li R, Huo Z, Qiao J Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Acupuncture in the emergency department: a systematic review of randomised controlled trials.
CONCLUSION: There is a lack of high-quality evidence to support the use of acupuncture in the ED. Multicentre RCTs with rigorous designs are warranted. PMID: 29581138 [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 - March 26, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Chia KL, Lam RPK, Lam CK, Tsui SH Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Regulation of the IL-33/ST2 pathway contributes to the anti-inflammatory effect of acupuncture in the ovalbumin-induced murine asthma model.
CONCLUSION: Acupuncture effectively protects lung function and attenuates airway inflammation in the OVA-induced mouse model of asthma, which supports the role of acupuncture as a potential therapy in asthma treatment. PMID: 29581139 [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 - March 26, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Dong M, Ma C, Wang WQ, Chen J, Wei Y Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Powerful effects of placebo needles.
PMID: 29567666 [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 - March 22, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Lee YS, Chae Y Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Dysfunctional cognition regarding sleep as a mediator of outcome following acupuncture for insomnia.
PMID: 29567667 [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 - March 22, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Chung KF, Yeung WF, Ho FYY, Ng TK Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Muscular diagnostics and the feasibility of microsystem acupuncture as a potential adjunct in the treatment of painful temporomandibular disorders: results of a retrospective cohort study.
Abstract AIMS: To investigate the effect of microsystem acupuncture on painful temporomandibular disorders (TMD). METHODS: We retrospectively analysed 887 treatments in 407 TMD-patients (mean age 45±1.5 years), who received microsystem acupuncture (mouth, scalp or fingers) with a focus on oral acupuncture. All patients systematically underwent palpation of specific muscular tender points and their pain rating was assessed on a four-point Likert scale (no pain to strong pain) before and after treatment. In 42 cases, the pain intensity was determined using a visual analogue scale (0-100 mm). As th...
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - March 22, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Simma I, Simma L, Fleckenstein J Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Magnitude and speed of needling during lifting and thrusting in classical tonification and sedation techniques.
PMID: 29563083 [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 - March 21, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Leow MQH, Cao T, Tay SC Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Acupuncture to improve fertility in Chinese patients with polycystic ovarian syndrome: what was lost?
PMID: 29559430 [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 - March 20, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Lee SMK, Jo J Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Findings and methodological quality of systematic reviews focusing on acupuncture for pregnancy-related acute conditions.
CONCLUSIONS: Acupuncture might be an option for alleviating pain during labour, for correcting breech presentation, and for managing pelvic and back pain during pregnancy. More studies are needed to confirm the effects of acupuncture for other pregnancy-related acute conditions. PMID: 29559431 [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 - March 20, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Bergamo TR, Latorraca COC, Pachito DV, Martimbianco ALC, Riera R Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Effect of acupuncture on the TLR2/4-NF- κB signalling pathway in a rat model of traumatic brain injury.
Effect of acupuncture on the TLR2/4-NF-κB signalling pathway in a rat model of traumatic brain injury. Acupunct Med. 2018 Mar 17;: Authors: Lin SJ, Cao LX, Cheng SB, Dai QF, Lin JH, Pu L, Chen WH, Zhang YJ, Chen SL, Zhang YM Abstract OBJECTIVE: To study the effect of acupuncture on the TLR2/4-NF-κB signalling pathway in the cortex of Sprague-Dawley rats following traumatic brain injury (TBI), and investigate the possible mechanism underlying the effects of acupuncture on scar repair. METHODS: TBI was established using Feeney's free-falling epidural percussion model. In total, 108 rats...
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - March 17, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Lin SJ, Cao LX, Cheng SB, Dai QF, Lin JH, Pu L, Chen WH, Zhang YJ, Chen SL, Zhang YM Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Acupuncture at BL67 for mild postpartum depression: a prospective case series.
CONCLUSION: Acupuncture therapy at BL67 may alleviate symptoms of mild PPD, however controlled clinical investigations are required to confirm its efficacy and effectiveness for this condition. PMID: 29540339 [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 - March 14, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tian CB Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Treating people with arthritis with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM): an examination of the perception of TCM practitioners.
CONCLUSIONS: The TCM profession represents a substantial component of the healthcare field in Australia, and treating patients with arthritis appears to be an important area of TCM practice, among others. Further detailed research is needed to help ensure effective, safe patient care for those with arthritis who may be utilising TCM alongside a broader range of conventional medicine, allied health, and other CAM treatments. PMID: 29519859 [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 - March 8, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Yang L, Peng W, Adams J, Sibbritt DW Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Effects of electroacupuncture combined with stem cell transplantation on anal sphincter injury-induced faecal incontinence in a rat model.
This study aimed to investigate the therapeutic effects of combined electroacupuncture (EA) stimulation and BMSC injection in a rat model of anal sphincter injury-induced faecal incontinence (FI). METHODS: 60 Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into five groups: sham-operated control, FI, FI+EA, FI+BMSC, and FI+BMSC+EA. The anorectal tissues were collected on days 1, 3, 7 and 14. Repair of the injured anal sphincter was compared using haematoxylin and eosin (HE) and immunocytochemiscal analyses with sarcomeric α actinin. The expression of stromal cell derived factor-1 (SDF-1) and monocyte chemoattractant p...
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - March 8, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Li X, Guo X, Jin W, Lu J Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Electroacupuncture mitigates endothelial dysfunction via effects on the PI3K/Akt signalling pathway in high fat diet-induced insulin-resistant rats.
Abstract OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of electroacupuncture (EA) on endothelial dysfunction related to high fat diet (HFD)-induced insulin resistance through the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)-protein kinase B (Akt) signalling pathway. METHODS: Twenty-four male Sprague-Dawley rats were fed a regular diet (Control group, n=8) or a HFD (n=16) for 12 weeks to induce an insulin resistance model. HFD-fed rats were divided into two groups that remained untreated (HFD group, n=8) or received electroacupuncture (HFD+EA group, n=8). EA was applied at PC6, ST36, SP6 and BL23. At the end of the expe...
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - March 3, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Lan D, Xu N, Sun J, Li Z, Liao R, Zhang H, Liang X, Yi W Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Acupuncture for lumbar disc herniation: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Abstract OBJECTIVE: To evaluate evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of lumbar disc herniation (LDH). METHODS: Electronic databases were searched to identify randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of acupuncture for LDH. A meta-analysis was conducted using RevMan 5.3 and the evidence level was assessed using GRADE methodology. RESULTS: Thirty RCTs involving 3503 participants were included in the study. Meta-analysis showed that acupuncture had a higher total effective rate than lumbar traction (RR=1.1, 95% CI 1.05 to 1.15; p
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - March 1, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tang S, Mo Z, Zhang R Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Anti-inflammatory and autonomic effects of electroacupuncture in a rat model of diet-induced obesity.
CONCLUSIONS: EA enhanced vagal activity, promoted ACh release and activated α7nAChRs in the MWAT, leading to inhibition of proinflammatory cytokine production. PMID: 29487062 [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 - February 27, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Jie X, Li X, Song JQ, Wang D, Wang JH Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Retraction: Effect of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine on subacute stroke outcomes: a single center randomized controlled trial.
Authors: PMID: 29453270 [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 - February 16, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Immediate effect of scalp acupuncture on the gait of patients with subacute intracerebral haemorrhage analysed by three-dimensional motion: secondary analysis of a randomised controlled trial.
Abstract OBJECTIVE: To investigate the immediate effect of scalp acupuncture on walking pattern, using three-dimensional gait analysis (3D-GA), among patients in the subacute stage of intracerebral haemorrhage (ICH). METHODS: A subset of 30 patients with subacute ICH participating in a recently published randomised controlled trial who were able to walk independently were assessed by 3D-GA before and immediately after scalp acupuncture treatment (treatment group) or no intervention (control group) and the results presented here as a secondary analysis. The acupuncture manipulation was repeated three times wit...
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - February 12, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Wang HQ, Dong GR, Bao CL, Jiao ZH Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Acupuncture versus medication for pain management: a cross-sectional study of breast cancer survivors.
CONCLUSION: We found similar rates of preference for acupuncture versus medication among breast cancer survivors for pain management. Specific attitudes and beliefs predicted such preferences, highlighting the importance of a patient-centred approach to align patient beliefs and preferences with therapeutic options for more effective pain management. TRIAL REGISTRATION NUMBER: NCT01013337; Results. PMID: 29440043 [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 - February 10, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Bao T, Li SQ, Dearing JL, Piulson LA, Seluzicki CM, Sidlow R, Mao JJ Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Acupuncture and in vitro fertilisation research: current and future directions.
CONCLUSION: Two to three acupuncture sessions performed on or around the day of embryo transfer are insufficient interventions to improve IVF birth outcomes but provide significant IVF-related stress reduction. Research investigating acupuncture to support IVF is heterogeneous and confounded by the lack of an appropriate comparator. However, evidence suggests several acupuncture sessions improve endometrial thickness, reduce stress, and improve patient satisfaction. Observational studies suggest more sessions are associated with increases in clinical pregnancy and live birth rates. An optimised acupuncture intervention wit...
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - February 10, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Hullender Rubin LE, Anderson BJ, Craig LB Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Impact of acupuncture on antihistamine use in patients suffering seasonal allergic rhinitis: secondary analysis of results from a randomised controlled trial.
Abstract BACKGROUND: Seasonal allergic rhinitis (SAR) is a common disease that has detrimental effects on the quality of life (QoL) of affected individuals. Approximately 18% of patients try to alleviate their symptoms through acupuncture. The ACUSAR (ACUpuncture in Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis) study (ClinicalTrials.gov registration no. NCT00610584) assessed the impact of acupuncture on SAR, showing significant improvements in rhinitis-specific QoL (RQoL) and in rescue medication (RM) use. OBJECTIVE: A secondary analysis of SAR patients' use of antihistamine. METHODS: Patients were randomised into three s...
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - February 10, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Adam D, Grabenhenrich L, Ortiz M, Binting S, Reinhold T, Brinkhaus B Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Acupuncture relieves motion sickness via the IR β-ERK1/2-dependent insulin receptor signalling pathway.
CONCLUSIONS: Our study demonstrates that acupuncture significantly alleviates MS through the IRβ-ERK1/2-dependent insulin receptor signalling pathway in the DMV. PMID: 29436382 [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 - February 7, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tian D, Mo F, Cai X, Miao Z, Xiao F, Chang Y, Wu L, Tang Y, Wang X, Ye C, Qian X, Gu W, Li M Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Effect of long-term electroacupuncture stimulation on recovery of sensorimotor function after peripheral nerve anastomosis.
Abstract BACKGROUND: Recently, application of electroacupuncture (EA) to stimulate nerve regeneration has become a mainstream treatment in clinical rehabilitation and related basic research, but the efficacy of long-term stimulation has not been confirmed. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the influence of long term EA on peripheral nerve injury (PNI) from multiple angles. METHOD: Twenty-four rats were divided into three groups: control, PNI and PNI+EA. In the latter two groups, PNI was modelled by transection followed by re-anastomosis of thesciatic nerve. In the PNI+EA group only,EA was delivered using a disconti...
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - February 7, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Zhang M, Zhang Y, Bian Y, Fu H, Xu Y, Guo Y Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Role of ASIC3, Nav1.7 and Nav1.8 in electroacupuncture-induced analgesia in a mouse model of fibromyalgia pain.
CONCLUSION: Reduced nociceptive ASIC3, Nav1.7 and Nav1.8 proteins are involved in the preventive effects of EA against FM, and this series of molecules may represent targets for FM treatment. PMID: 29343477 [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 - January 17, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Yen LT, Hsu YC, Lin JG, Hsieh CL, Lin YW Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Intersubject synchronisation analysis of brain activity associated with the instant effects of acupuncture: an fMRI study.
CONCLUSION: The ISS analysis considered the sustained effect of acupuncture and uncovered additional information not shown by GLM analysis. We suggest that ISS may be a suitable approach to investigate the brain responses associated with the instant effects of acupuncture. PMID: 29259022 [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 - December 19, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Jin L, Sun J, Xu Z, Yang X, Liu P, Qin W Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Acupuncture with or without combined auricular acupuncture for insomnia: a randomised, waitlist-controlled trial.
Abstract BACKGROUND: Few high-quality, large-scale, controlled trials comparing the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture,auricular acupuncture and combined acupuncture treatment for insomnia are available. OBJECTIVE: To carry out a randomised, assessor-blinded, waitlist-controlled trial to test the superiority of combination treatment. METHODS: After in-person and polysomnography screening, 224 subjects (mean age 53.4 years; 75.4% female) with DSM-5 insomnia disorder, who were free from major psychiatric disorders and with sleep-diary-derived sleep efficiency averaged over 1 week of
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - December 11, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Chung KF, Yeung WF, Yu BY, Leung FC, Zhang SP, Zhang ZJ, Ng RM, Yiu GC Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Potential role for acupuncture in the treatment of food addiction and obesity.
Abstract Addressing the global obesity epidemic requires innovative approaches that are also acceptable to affected individuals. There is growing evidence suggesting that food addiction, one contributor to obesity, bears many similarities to drug and alcohol addiction, presenting a potential role for addiction-focused acupuncture as a novel treatment modality. In this perspective article, we begin by briefly reviewing the evidence linking food and drug/alcohol addiction. We then describe the development of an acupuncture-based protocol for treating opioid addiction in Hong Kong in the 1970s and discuss the evidenc...
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - December 9, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Chen JA, Chen JA, Lee S, Mullin G Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Type and frequency of side effects during PC6 acupuncture: observations from therapists and patients participating in clinical efficacy trials of acupuncture.
CONCLUSIONS: Few side effects occurred and those that did were mild. Nearly 90% found PC6 acupuncture to be not painful or only mildly painful. Healthcare professionals may consider the observed levels of side effects when informing patients about side effects of PC6 acupuncture. PMID: 29222203 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society)
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - December 1, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Enblom A, Johnsson A Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Efficacy and safety of acupuncture combined with Madopar for Parkinson's disease: a systematic review with meta-analysis.
Abstract OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture combined with Madopar for the treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD), compared to the use of Madopar alone. METHODS: A systematic search was carried out for randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of acupuncture and Madopar for the treatment of PD published between April 1995 and April 2015. The primary outcome was total effectiveness rates and secondary outcomes included Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) scores. Data were pooled and analysed with RevMan 5.3. Results were expressed as relative ratio (RR) or with 95% confiden...
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - November 27, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Liu H, Chen L, Zhang Z, Geng G, Chen W, Dong H, Chen L, Zhan S, Li T Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Effect of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine on subacute stroke outcomes: a single-centre randomised controlled trial.
CONCLUSION: This trial, evaluating a treatment protocol commonly used in clinical practice, demonstrates that comprehensive rehabilitation including acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine may comprehensively improve subacute stroke outcomes. TRIAL REGISTRATION NUMBER: ChiCTR-TRC-12001972. PMID: 29127079 [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 - November 10, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Fang J, Keeler CL, Chen L, Ma R, Wang C, Xu S Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Updated systematic review and meta-analysis of acupuncture for chronic knee pain.
CONCLUSION: From this systematic review, we conclude that acupuncture may be effective at relieving CKP 12 weeks after acupuncture administration, based on the current evidence and our protocol. However, given the heterogeneity and methodological limitations of the included trials, we are currently unable to draw any strong conclusions regarding the effectiveness of acupuncture for chronic knee pain. In addition, we found that acupuncture appears to have a satisfactory safety profile, although further studies with larger numbers of participants are needed to confirm the safety of this technique. STRENGTHS: Systematic ...
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - November 8, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Zhang Q, Yue J, Golianu B, Sun Z, Lu Y Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Acupressure for respiratory allergic diseases: a systematic review of randomised controlled trials.
CONCLUSIONS: No reliable conclusions regarding the effects of acupressure on AR and asthma could be drawn by this review due to the small number of available trials with significant heterogeneity of study design and high/unclear risk of bias. Further, more rigorously designed RCTs are needed.Acupressure seems safe for symptomatic relief of AR and asthma, although larger studies are required to be able to robustly confirm its safety. TRIAL REGISTRATION NUMBER: ACTRN12617001106325; Pre-results. PMID: 29113981 [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 - November 7, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Liang Y, Lenon GB, Yang AWH Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Histopathological nature of myofascial trigger points at different stages of recovery from injury in a rat model.
CONCLUSION: An injury can cause activation of MTrSs in a muscle and an activated level of MTrPs depending on the amount of contracture knots in muscle with impaired energy production. PMID: 29109129 [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 - November 6, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Zhang H, Lü JJ, Huang QM, Liu L, Liu QG, Eric OA Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Effects of electroacupuncture at BL33 on detrusor smooth muscle activity in a rat model of urinary retention.
This study aimed to investigate: (1) the effect of EA at BL33; and (2) the effect of different manipulation methods at BL33 on the modulation of DSM contractions in UR rats. METHODS: 30 male Sprague-Dawley rats were anaesthetised with urethane and modelled by urethral outlet obstruction. First, 2 Hz EA at BL33, SP6 and LI4 wasrandomly applied to the UR rats for 5 min to observe the immediate effects (n=10); second, manual acupuncture (MA) (n=10) and 100 Hz EA (n=10) were applied with the same programme. DSM electromyography (EMG) and cystometrogram data were evaluated. RESULTS: (1) 2 H...
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - November 6, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Liu X, Liu K, Zhi M, Mo Q, Gao X, Liu Z Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Electroacupuncture in rats infected with Strongyloides venezuelensis: effects on gastrointestinal transit and parasitological measurements.
CONCLUSIONS: EA at ST36 and CV12 provoked changes in gastrointestinal transit that may be beneficial to the host during S. venezuelensis infection; however, based on the number of worms and EPG at 21 dpi, the indication for EA in the treatment of strongyloidiasis needs to be carefully assessed. PMID: 29102965 [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 - November 4, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Anjos-Ramos LD, Gama LA, Hauschildt AT, Fujiwara RT, Corá LA, Américo MF Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Effects of scalp electroacupuncture on the PI3K/Akt signalling pathway and apoptosis of hippocampal neurons in a rat model of cerebral palsy.
Abstract Background Substantial evidence from clinical reports has established that most cerebral palsy (CP) patients benefit from a comprehensive rehabilitation exercise training programme. Such advances are enhanced when scalp electroacupuncture (EA), applied at a location corresponding to the projection of the motor area, is combined with rehabilitation exercise training. However, little information exists regarding the mechanistic basis for these effects.Objective To examine whether EA stimulation within the scalp projection location of the motor area can inhibit apoptosis of hippocampal neurons by regulating ...
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - November 4, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Zhang H, Gao J, Wang M, Yu X, Lv X, Deng H, Fan X, Chen K Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Electroacupuncture ameliorates subchondral bone deterioration and inhibits cartilage degeneration in ovariectomised rats.
Abstract OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effects of electroacupuncture (EA) on subchondral bone mass and cartilage degeneration in an experimental animal model of osteoarthritis (OA) induced by ovariectomy (OVX). METHODS: Ninety 3-month-old female Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into the following three groups (n = 30 each): sham operation without treatment (control group); OVX without treatment (OVX group);, and ovariectomy with EA treatment (EA group). Rats in the EA group received EA treatment from the day of OVX. Ten rats in each group were randomly killed at 4, 8 and 12 weeks after operation. ...
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - November 1, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Zhou J, Zhong P, Liao Y, Liu J, Liao Y, Xie H, Li N, Li X, Sun G, Zeng Y Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Is laser acupuncture an effective complementary therapy for obesity management? A systematic review of clinical trials.
CONCLUSION: Although some studies have indicated beneficial effects for LA on obesity, the lack of evidence with high methodological quality made it impossible to reach a definitive conclusion about the efficacy of LA for obesity management. Further high-quality, randomised, sham-controlled clinical trials with a larger sample size are needed to shed light on the efficacy of LA for obesity management and weight maintenance. PMID: 29074473 [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 - October 26, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Namazi N, Khodamoradi K, Larijani B, Ayati MH 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

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

Effects of acupuncture on the urinary metabolome of spontaneously hypertensive rats.
CONCLUSIONS: Acupuncture may decrease BP in SHRs by improving the metabolic disorder associated with hypertension. PMID: 28793984 [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 9, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Wang Y, Li Y, Zhou L, Guo L Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

In this issue.
PMID: 28790034 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society)
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - August 1, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Carr DJ Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

BMAS Acupuncture Courses.
PMID: 28790035 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society)
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - August 1, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Brown A Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Effects of electroacupuncture to the trigeminal nerve area on the autonomic nervous system and cerebral blood flow in the prefrontal cortex.
CONCLUSIONS: Delivery of 100 Hz EA to the trigeminal nerve area reduces HR and increases parasympathetic nervous activity and cerebral blood flow. PMID: 28765118 [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 1, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Waki H, Suzuki T, Tanaka Y, Tamai H, Minakawa Y, Miyazaki S, Yoshida N, Uebaba K, Imai K, Hisajima T Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research