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Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483191/effectiveness-of-acupressure-at-the-zusanli-st-36-acupoint-as-a-comfortable-treatment-for-diabetes-mellitus-a-pilot-study-in-indonesia
#1
Fitrullah, Addison Rousdy
Diabetes mellitus is a dangerous disease worldwide. Indonesia has 10 million diabetic and 17.9 million prediabetic citizens. Unfortunately, less than half of these diabetic individuals are aware of their conditions and less than 1% of those receiving medical treatment achieve their healing targets. Because acupressure is believed to be an effective treatment without the use of drugs, in this study we investigated acupressure as a comfortable and effective way of treating patients with diabetes mellitus. This pilot study involved 30 participants who were split into two groups: 15 each in the experimental and the control groups...
April 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483190/acupuncture-treatment-of-diabetic-peripheral-neuropathy-in-an-american-indian-community
#2
Anne Bailey, Deborah Wingard, Matthew Allison, Priscilla Summers, Daniel Calac
Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) develops in 30% of type 2 diabetes patients, increases the risk for foot ulcers and amputation, and is a significant source of disability and medical costs. Treatment remains challenging, propelling research to focus on therapeutic methods that aim to improve blood circulation or ameliorate oxidative stress that drives development of DPN. The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment for DPN symptoms and lower extremity arterial circulation in people with type 2 diabetes...
April 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483189/acupuncture-points-and-their-relationship-with-multireceptive-fields-of-neurons
#3
REVIEW
Salvador Quiroz-González, Sergio Torres-Castillo, Rosa Estela López-Gómez, Ismael Jiménez Estrada
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture points (APs) have been emphasized as key elements that generate the therapeutic effects of acupuncture. At the spinal cord or supraspinal level, sensory neurons located in the dorsal horn receive an extensive supply of sensory information from skin and muscle receptors through peripheral afferent nerves. The stimulated skin area that influences the activity of a spinal sensory neuron is known as the peripheral receptive field (RF) of that neuron. By considering that a particular AP location involves the activation of one or various RFs, it can be assumed that several sensory central neurons are the site of convergence of the peripheral input generated by acupuncture stimulation...
April 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483188/agnihotra-yajna-a-prototype-of-south-asian-traditional-medical-knowledge
#4
Rahul Raveendran Nair
This study conceptualizes the principle of agnihotra yajna. The perusal of ancient and modern literature reveals that the functioning of the human body is impossible without maintaining an energetic continuum driven by sunlight. The seven major chakras existing over the spinal cord help to maintain this energetic continuum. Agnihotra yajna is proposed to balance the chakra system as a whole by minimizing entropy. Offerings of natural elements to fire lit in a copper pyramid during agnihotra liberate various volatile compounds having potent pharmacological actions...
April 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483187/managing-chronic-kidney-disease-and-chemotherapy-induced-peripheral-neuropathy-with-acupuncture-and-herbal-medicine-a-case-study
#5
Sunny-Kim Barden
This case study details the treatment of a 59-year-old male with Stage 3B chronic kidney disease (CKD) and chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy of the left limbs using acupuncture and bulk herbs. After 6 weeks of combined acupuncture and herbal treatments, glomerular filtration rate increased significantly from 37 mL/min to 51 mL/min and serum creatinine level decreased from 1.85 mg/dL to 1.41 mg/dL. After a course of 15 acupuncture treatments over 4 months with some appointments in closer proximity, the patient additionally reported increased sensation of his left limbs...
April 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483186/impact-of-acupuncture-on-chronic-insomnia-a-report-of-two-cases-with-polysomnographic-evaluation
#6
Sibel Mandıroğlu, Cigdem Ozdilekcan
OBJECTIVE: This report aimed to present the acupuncture treatment response of two patients who were evaluated with polysomnography. CLINICAL FEATURES: Acupuncture treatment was planned for two patients who refused medical treatment with chronic insomnia. Polysomnographic evaluation was performed at baseline and 1 month after acupuncture treatment. CONCLUSION: Remarkable improvement was determined in polysomnographic parameters of both cases...
April 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483185/effect-of-acupuncture-on-post-implant-paresthesia
#7
Crischina Branco Marques Sant'Anna, Paulo Renato Junqueira Zuim, Daniela Atili Brandini, Aimée Maria Guiotti, Joao Batista Vieira, Karina Helga Leal Turcio
Paresthesia is defined as an alteration in local sensibility, associated with numbness, tingling, or unpleasant sensations caused by nerve lesions or irritation. It can be temporary or permanent. The treatment protocol for facial paresthesia is primarily based on the use of drugs and implant removal, which may not be completely effective or may require other risk exposure when there is no spontaneous regression. However, other therapeutic modalities such as acupuncture can be used. The aim of this study is to report a case of a patient with paresthesia of the inferior alveolar nerve and pain caused by an implant surgery performed 2 years earlier...
April 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483184/electrodermal-screening-of-asthmatics-with-acugraph-4
#8
Kuntal Ghosh, Alex Hankey, Thaiyar M Srinivasan
Traditional Chinese Medicine holds that acupuncture meridian activity is correlated with quality of function of specific organs. This study sets out to determine acupuncture meridian characteristics of subjects with moderate asthma distinguishing them from healthy subjects. Fifty asthma patients (age 35.36 ± 8.68 years) and fifty similarly aged (34.11 ± 7.29 years) healthy volunteers were enrolled in the study. Electrodermal conductances at Jing Well points were measured with Acugraph 4 and also Peak Expiratory Flow Rate (PEFR) for the asthma group...
April 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483183/the-effect-of-transcutaneous-electrical-nerve-stimulation-of-sympathetic-ganglions-and-acupuncture-points-on-distal-blood-flow
#9
Fahimeh Kamali, Hossein Mirkhani, Ahmadreza Nematollahi, Saeed Heidari, Elahesadat Moosavi, Marzieh Mohamadi
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a widely-practiced method to increase blood flow in clinical practice. The best location for stimulation to achieve optimal blood flow has not yet been determined. We compared the effect of TENS application at sympathetic ganglions and acupuncture points on blood flow in the foot of healthy individuals. Seventy-five healthy individuals were randomly assigned to three groups. The first group received cutaneous electrical stimulation at the thoracolumbar sympathetic ganglions...
April 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483182/effect-of-acupressure-on-symptoms-of-postoperative-ileus-after-cesarean-section
#10
Faezeh Abadi, Maryam Shahabinejad, Foziyeh Abadi, Majid Kazemi
Postoperative ileus (POI) is a common complication after most abdominal surgeries including cesarean section. It is associated with longer hospitalization and increased medical costs. This study is a randomized controlled trial investigating the effect of acupressure, and low-cost noninvasive traditional treatment, on POI symptoms after cesarean section. A total of 120 patients were randomly divided into two groups; the treatment group received two sessions of acupressure (an hour after attending the women's division; and 3 hours after the first session), each lasting 20 minutes...
April 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483181/decreased-levels-of-spleen-tissue-cd4-cd25-foxp3-regulatory-t-lymphocytes-in-mice-exposed-to-berberine
#11
Gholamreza Karimi, Mahmoud Mahmoudi, Mahdi Balali-Mood, Maryam Rahnama, Shahrzad Zamani Taghizadeh Rabe, Nafiseh Tabasi, Bamdad Riahi-Zanjani
The effects of isoquinoline alkaloid berberine (BER) on spleen tissue CD4(+)CD25(+)Foxp3(+) regulatory T (Treg) cells were evaluated in BALB/c mice. Here, BER was administered daily by intraperitoneal injection at doses of 5 mg/kg and 10 mg/kg for 14 days. Following the exposure, mice spleen cellularities, IL-10 production by splenocytes, and spleen Treg/CD4(+) cell profiles were studied in all the test groups of animals. The results showed that a high dose of BER (10 mg/kg) could decrease both the absolute and relative percentages of spleen Treg cells as well as decrease the production of IL-10 by splenocytes in the treated mice (p<0...
April 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483180/use-of-magnetic-neurostimulator-appliance-in-temporomandibular-disorder
#12
Marcelo Rossiti Florian, Vera Lucia Rasera Zotelli, Maria da Luz Rosário de Sousa, Larissa Angélica Bachir Polloni
Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is ranked the second leading cause of orofacial pain after toothache, and there is no effective standard treatment for all cases. Therefore, much research has been conducted in the therapeutic areas of TMD, such as acupuncture and electrotherapy, for this purpose. The aim of this research was to evaluate application of the neuromagnetic stimulator device Haihua model CD-9, used within the precepts of acupuncture in treating TMD-related pain symptoms and limited mouth opening...
April 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254107/protocol-testing-the-relevance-of-acupuncture-theory-in-the-treatment-of%C3%A2-myofascial-pain-in-the-upper-trapezius-muscle
#13
Dale S Elsdon, Selina Spanswick, Chris Zaslawski, Peter C Meier
A protocol for a prospective single-blind parallel four-arm randomized placebo-controlled trial with repeated measures was designed to test the effects of various acupuncture methods compared with sham. Eighty self-selected participants with myofascial pain in the upper trapezius muscle were randomized into four groups. Group 1 received acupuncture to a myofascial trigger point (MTrP) in the upper trapezius. Group 2 received acupuncture to the MTrP in addition to relevant distal points. Group 3 received acupuncture to the relevant distal points only...
January 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254106/development-of-acupuncture-and-moxibustion-protocol-in-a-clinical-trial-for-irritable-bowel-syndrome
#14
Joyce K Anastasi, Bernadette Capili, Michelle Chang
Traditional Chinese medicine encompasses many different practices, most notably acupuncture and moxibustion. Traditionally, these modalities are used in combination to augment treatment but seldom are they tested together in clinical studies. Numerous acupuncture studies have been conducted in Asia, Europe, and the United States but there have been few randomized controlled trials utilizing moxibustion outside of East Asia. Limited studies have described the use of a moxibustion control or placebo procedure...
January 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254105/a-single-case-of-tourette-s-syndrome-treated-with-traditional-chinese-medicine
#15
Min-Hwa Lee
The objective of this case study was to investigate the effectiveness of Chinese medicine in treating Tourette's syndrome. Tourette's syndrome is a childhood- onset disorder that is characterized by sudden, involuntary movements or tics. The participant in this study was a 33-year-old male who had been diagnosed with Tourette's syndrome at the age of 9 years. His major complaints included facial tics, shoulder shrugging, and clearing the throat. Using a combination of acupuncture, herbs, Gua-Sha, and lifestyle changes once a week for 35 treatments, all the symptoms were reduced by 70%, as reported by the patient...
January 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254104/effect-of-laser-acupuncture-on-heart-rate-variability-of-nonpatients-and-patients-with-spinal-cord-injury
#16
Yiu Ming Wong
Sensory loss in a complete spinal cord injury (SCI) can be described as an injury that removes the ability of the brain to receive electrical afferent signals generated below the site of the injury. The sensory nervous system appears to be the same as the meridians in the concept of Oriental medicine, thus, we assumed that a complete SCI would lead to discontinuation of the meridians in humans. In this case series report with a cross-sectional view, we observed quantitative changes in heart rate variability induced by laser acupuncture at bilateral GB34 and ST36 points for 15 minutes in eight patients with complete SCIs between the levels of T8 and T12, and eight healthy individuals as a control group...
January 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254103/is-there-volume-transmission-along-extracellular-fluid-pathways-corresponding-to-the-acupuncture-meridians
#17
Weibo Zhang, Ze Wang, Shuyong Jia, Yuying Tian, Guangjun Wang, Hongyan Li, Kjell Fuxe
Volume transmission is a new major communication signaling via extracellular fluid (interstitial fluid) pathways. It was proposed by the current authors that such pathways can explain the meridian phenomena and acupuncture effects. To investigate whether meridian-like structures exist in fish body and operate via volume transmission in extracellular fluid pathways, we injected alcian blue (AB) under anesthesia into Gephyrocharax melanocheir, which has a translucent body. The migration of AB could be seen directly and was recorded by a digital camera...
January 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254102/auricular-acupuncture-analgesia-in-thoracic-trauma-a-case-report
#18
Georgios S Papadopoulos, Petros Tzimas, Antonia Liarmakopoulou, Anastasios M Petrou
We report a case of thoracic trauma (rib fractures with pneumothorax and pulmonary contusions) with severe chest pain leading to ineffective ventilation and oxygenation. The patient presented to our emergency department. The patient had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and was completely unable to take deep breaths and clear secretions from his bronchial tree. After obtaining informed consent, we applied auricular acupuncture to ameliorate pain and hopefully improve his functional ability to cough and breathe deeply...
January 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254101/electroacupuncture-assisted-craniotomy-on-an-awake-patient
#19
Amritpal Sidhu, Trushna Murgahayah, Vairavan Narayanan, Hari Chandran, Vicknes Waran
Although acupuncture has existed for over 2000 years, its application as an anesthetic aid began in the 1950s in China. The first surgical procedure performed under acupuncture anesthesia was a tonsillectomy. Soon thereafter, major and minor surgical procedures took place with electroacupuncture alone providing the anesthesia. The procedures performed were diverse, ranging from cardiothoracic surgery to dental extractions. Usage of acupuncture anesthesia, specifically in neurosurgery, has been well documented in hospitals across China, especially in Beijing, dating back to the 1970s...
January 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254100/effects-of-intravenous-pharmacopuncture-with-harmonizing-and-releasing-formulas-on-hepatic-recovery-after-partial-hepatectomy-in-rats
#20
Hyun-Jin Lee, Chan Lee, Yun-Kyoung Yim
The objective of this study was to find out the effect of intravenous pharmacopuncture on hepatic recovery after partial hepatectomy in rats. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into five groups: normal group, control group, saline group, and two experimental groups. Except for those in the normal group, the rats underwent partial hepatectomy. Those in the control group did not receive any treatment. Those in the saline group received an intravenous injection with saline. Those in the two experimental groups received intravenous pharmacopuncture with SihoJigak-tang or DanchiSoyo-san extracts (10 mg/kg)...
January 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
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