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Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29654841/comparison-of-the-prophylactic-effect-between-acupuncture-and-acupressure-on-menstrual-migraine-results-of-a-pilot-study
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Xianmin Yu, Alan Salmoni
OBJECTIVES: To make comparisons between acupuncture and acupressure for preventing menstrual migraine (MM). METHODS: MM is one kind of migraine associated with females' menses. It is often associated with increased menstrual distress and disability, leading to decreased daily activity and quality of life. A randomized and controlled pilot study with three groups: verum acupuncture (VA) group, acupressure (AP) group, and control acupuncture (CA) group. The study lasted for seven cycle-months, with a 1-cycle-month baseline observation (T1), a 3-cycle-month intervention (three times per cycle-month) (T2-T4), and a 3-cycle-month follow-up (T5-T7)...
April 11, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29654840/efficacy-of-acupuncture-in-the-management-of-primary-dysmenorrhoea-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#2
Geetha B Shetty, Balakrishna Shetty, A Mooventhan
INTRODUCTION: Dysmenorrhoea constitutes one of the most frequent disorders in women of a fertile age. The present study was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of acupuncture in the management of primary dysmenorrhoea. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sixty females with the age varied from 17-23-years were randomly assigned to either a study group or a control group. Study group received acupuncture for the duration of 20-minutes/day, for 15-days/month, for the period of 90-days...
April 11, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29635041/the-biocompatibility-of-nanoporous-acupuncture-needles
#3
Saurav Sorcar, Craig A Grimes, Su-Il In
We investigate the biocompatibility of a new class of acupuncture needles that possess a hierarchical nano-microscale porous surface topology, referred to as porous acupuncture needles (PANs). The PANs are synthesized via a facile electrochemical anodization technique by which a surface area approximately twenty times greater than a conventional acupuncture needle, of the same diameter, is obtained. PAN biocompatibility is evaluated utilizing a variety of standard tests, with results indicating that the PANs can safely be used within therapeutic practice...
April 7, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29626523/expression-of-genes-in-primo-vasculature-floating-in-lymphatic-endothelium-under-lipopolysaccharide-and-acupuncture-electric-stimulation
#4
Jun-Young Shin, Jong-Ok Ji, Da-Woon Choi, Sang-Heon Choi, Jong-Gu Choi, Min-Suk Rho, Ji Yoon Lee, Sang-Suk Lee
It is known that the existence of primo vascular system (PVS) including the primo nodes and vessels. However, it is poorly understood the relevant genes in the PVS system both patho- and physiologic condition. Here, we first examined the gene expression in primo vessels (PV) floating in lymphatic endothelium by isolation of PVS and lymphatic vessels (LV) containing PVS. To investigate therapeutic effects, both PV and LV containing PVS were isolated after lipopolysaccharides (LPS) injection and acupuncture electric stimulation (AES) at two acupoints of Joksamni (ST36) and Hapgok (LI04) following LPS...
April 4, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29608997/the-beneficial-effects-of-electroacupuncture-at-pc6-acupoints-neiguan-on-myocardial-ischemia-in-asic3-mice
#5
Ying-Wang, Wan-Shuang Zhao, Di Li, Ya-Han Xu, Meng-di Li, Jin Chen, Zhi-Jun Kou, Qi-Ge Wang, Yi-Guo Chen, Nsoa Dimitri Joseph
This study aims to investigate the possible mechanisms of electroacupuncture (EA) at PC6 to improve myocardial ischemia (MI) by regulating the cardiac transient outward potassium current channel (Ito). According to the random number table, the mice were divided into 6 groups of 6 mice each: control group, MI group, PC6, LU7 (Lieque-point), ST36 (Zusanli-point), and nonacupoint group. Mice in the control group were injected with saline (20mg/kg, 24 hours interval), and the other ASIC3 -/- mice were injected subcutaneously twice with isoproterenol (ISO) (20mg/kg, 24 hours interval)...
March 30, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29574165/acupuncture-for-the-treatment-of-paraneoplastic-night-sweats
#6
Visweswaran Ramasamy
This case report describes acupuncture treatment to manage paraneoplastic night sweating secondary to pancreatic cancer. A 56 year old gentleman with a 2 month history of night sweating responded well over a 10 week course of acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture was selected for symptom management after no success was achieved with pharmacological and conventional managements. The severity of night sweating had reduced from 9/10 to 1/10 on Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) at the end of treatment. This case report suggests that acupuncture has a favourable effect on paraneoplastic night sweating in patients with advanced pancreatic cancer and recommends further research...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29436369/cupping-therapy-an-overview-from-a-modern-medicine-perspective
#7
REVIEW
Tamer Shaban Aboushanab, Saud AlSanad
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 7, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29436370/isoflurane-and-the-analgesic-effect-of-acupuncture-and-electroacupuncture-in-an-animal-model-of-neuropathic-pain
#8
Lauren Naomi Spezia Adachi, Rafael Vercelino, Carla de Oliveira, Vanessa Leal Scarabelot, Andressa de Souza, Liciane Fernandes Medeiros, Stefania Giotti Cioato, Wolnei Caumo, Iraci L S Torres
The present study aimed to determine whether isoflurane interferes with the analgesic effects of acupuncture (Ac) and electroacupuncture (EA), using a neuropathic pain (NP) rat model. In total, 140 male Wistar rats were used; isoflurane-induced nociceptive response was evaluated using the von Frey test, serum calcium-binding protein β (S100β) levels, and nerve growth factor (NGF) levels in the left sciatic nerve. The NP model was induced by chronic constriction injury (CCI) of the sciatic nerve at 14 days after surgery...
February 6, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29436371/cost-utility-analysis-of-electro-acupuncture-comparing-non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory-drugs-nsaids-in-the-treatment-of-chronic-low-back-pain
#9
Mahdi Toroski, Shekoufeh Nikfar, Mohammad Mahdi Mojahedian, Mohammad Hosein Ayati
INTRODUCTION: and Objective: Chronic Low Back Pain (CLBP) is among the most common and important reasons for visiting a spine surgeon by patients; it is the second cause of visiting a doctor. Low back pain can cause considerable suffering and is a major financial burden in the society. There are many different methods available for the treatment of CLBP. This study aimed to compare the cost-utility of Electro-acupuncture (EA) and NSAIDs, as two common treatment methods for patients with CLBP...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29436375/scalp-acupuncture-for-the-treatment-of-motor-function-in-acute-spinal-cord-injury-a-case-report
#10
Colette Widrin
An acute spinal cord injury (SCI) is the result of a traumatic injury to the spinal cord caused by a contusion, compression or severing of the spinal cord. There are approximately 17,000 new cases each year, of which, males account for 80%. Approximately 65% of these injuries cause incomplete, or partial, damage to the spinal cord. Comprehensive treatment is essential to restore maximum function. Surgical procedures, stem cell therapy, pharmaceutical agents and physical therapy are employed to minimize and repair damage done to the nervous system...
January 31, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29482801/smoking-disturbs-the-intrinsic-tendencies-of-autonomic-nervous-system-reflected-in-the-bioelectric-potential-at-12-alarm-points-a-pilot-study
#11
Il-Gu Kim, Hyun-Jin Lee, Sae-Min Park, Yun-Kyoung Yim
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of smoking on the bioelectrical potential (BEP) at 12 alarm points. METHODS: A crossover study was conducted on 17 normal adult male smokers. The BEP was measured at 12 alarm points both before and after breathing through a filter (control) and smoking. RESULTS: The participants were classified into three subtypes according to the way in which their BEP changed after having breathed through a filter: increasing, decreasing, and irregular types...
February 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29482800/a-new-theory-for-acupuncture-promoting-robust-regulation
#12
Yuan Xu, Yang Guo, Yuru Song, Kuo Zhang, Yiping Zhang, Qiang Li, Shouhai Hong, Yangyang Liu, Yi Guo
Robustness, an ability of biological networks to uphold their functionalities in the face of perturbations, is a key characteristic of all living systems. Acupuncture is a procedure in which fine needles are inserted into an individual at discrete points and then manipulated, with the intent of preventing and curing diseases. Acupuncture does not directly eliminate pathogenic factors or pathological tissue; rather, acupuncture enhances the ability of the human body to self-medicate itself by activating complex regulatory systems and by maintaining physiological homeostasis to prevent or treat diseases...
February 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29482799/assessing-the-links-between-anthropometrics-data-and-akabane-test-results
#13
Valery Muzhikov, Elena Vershinina, Vadim Belenky, Ruslan Muzhikov
According to popular belief, metabolic disorders and imbalances are one of the main factors contributing to various human illnesses. Early diagnosis of these disorders is one of the main methods for preventing serious diseases. The goal of this study was to assess the correlations between main physical indicators and the activity of certain acupuncture channels using the thermal Akabane test based on ancient Chinese diagnostic methods. This test measures the pain thresholds' temperature sensitivity when a point source of heat is applied to the "entrance-exit" points of each channel...
February 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29482798/treating-pain-in-pregnancy-with-acupuncture-observational-study-results-from-a-free-clinic-in-new-zealand
#14
Elizabeth Soliday, Debra Betts
INTRODUCTION: Clinic-based acupuncturists, midwives, and physiotherapists have reported using acupuncture to treat lumbopelvic pain in pregnancy, a common condition that may affect functioning and quality of life. To contribute to the emerging evidence on treatment outcomes, we collected patient-reported pain reduction data from women treated during pregnancy in a no-pay, hospital-based acupuncture service in New Zealand. METHODS: Observational study of patient-reported symptom reduction...
February 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29482797/the-effect-of-auricular-and-systemic-acupuncture-on-the-electromyographic-activity-of-the-trapezius-muscle-with-trigger-points-a-pilot-study
#15
Patrícia Silva de Camargo, Carla Rigo Lima, Maria Luiza de Andrade E Rezende, Adriana Teresa Silva Santos, João Wagner Rodrigues Hernandez, Andréia Maria Silva
The purpose of this study was to analyze and compare intra and intergroup the immediate effect of the auricular and LR8 systemic acupuncture on the electromyographic activity of the trapezius with the trigger points. This is an experimental clinical trial; 40 people were split in 4 distinct groups (n = 10): GI mustard seed application in the auricular acupoint; GII bilateral needle application in the LR8 acupoint; GIII combination of the techniques; GIV/Control Group mustard seed application in an acupoint not linked to the muscle tension...
February 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29482796/patterns-of-energy-imbalance-of-the-meridians-in-patients-with-temporomandibular-dysfunction
#16
Vera L Rasera Zotelli, Cássia M Grillo, Maria L Bressiani Gil, Ronaldo S Wada, Jorge E Sato, Maria da Luz R de Sousa
Temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) is a set of changes that affects the muscles of mastication, temporomandibular joint, teeth, and associated periodontal and orofacial structures. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the imbalance of energy (Qi) circulating in the acupuncture meridians is always the primary etiologic cause of any physical manifestation. The aim of this study was to describe the patterns of Qi imbalance in patients with TMD by means of an objective measurement. The clinical study was conducted at the Piracicaba Dental School (FOP/Unicamp), in Piracicaba-SP, Brazil...
February 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29436374/kinesio-taping-associated-with-acupuncture-in-the-treatment-of-the-paretic-upper-limb-after-stroke
#17
Moisés Schabarum Dall'Agnol, Fernanda Cechetti
Consider the leading cause of disability in adults, stroke leads to different consequences, like hemiparesis and loss of function in the upper limb which can impair the performance of activities during daily life. Different techniques have been used to soften this process, like Acupuncture and Kinesio Taping (KT). However, there is no consensus on their concomitant effect on neurological patients. This study aimed to analyze the effects of acupuncture associated with KT on the upper limb of patients with chronic hemiparesis after stroke...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29436373/electroacupuncture-for-the-treatment-of-calcific-tendonitis-a-pilot-study
#18
Georgios Papadopoulos, Alexandros Mavrodontidis, Antonia Liarmakopoulou, Petros Tzimas P, Georgios Angelidakis, Panagiotis Koulouvaris, Anastasios Petrou
Current treatment for calcific tendonitis consists of arm rest, anti-inflammatory medications and corticosteroid injections. If unsuccessful, a lot of clinicians suggest several physiotherapy modalities, such as shockwave therapy and electrotherapy. The purpose of our study was to assess the efficacy of electroacupuncture, as a substitute for failed medical treatment in calcific tendonitis. In a pilot study, we prospectively followed ten patients, treated with electroacupuncture for calcific tendonitis, that failed to respond to medical treatment...
January 3, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29436372/the-acupuncture-therapeutic-approach-in-temporal-arteritis-vasculitis-a-case-report
#19
Yılmaz Sezgin
Temporal arteritis is a form of vasculitis that involves the large and medium-diameter arteries and leads to progressive headache. Symptoms may be accompanied by vision disorder, subfebrile temperature, fatigue, lack of appetite, weight loss, sweating and joint pains. While cortisone therapy reduces the symptoms, its effects in terms of improving quality of life are limited. We elected to benefit from the effects of acupuncture in order to reduce symptoms and increase quality of life in a case of temporal arteritis, a chronic disease...
December 26, 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29275798/a-curious-oversight-in-acupuncture-research
#20
Fletcher Kovich
Common phenomena central to acupuncture have been overlooked by previous hypotheses on how acupuncture works, with the result that the hypotheses are unable to account for acupuncture's effects. This article describes the main features overlooked and suggests how these might be investigated in future acupuncture research.
December 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
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