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Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29078972/comparison-of-point-placement-by-veterinary-professionals-with-different-levels-of-acupuncture-training-in-a-canine-cadaver-model
#1
Toni Yang, Justin Shmalberg, Lindsay Hochman, Erin Miscioscia, Meghan Brumby, Kelsey McKenna, Amber Roth
Veterinary acupuncture is becoming increasingly implemented for various disease processes, with growing numbers of veterinarians pursuing advanced training to meet the rising demand for this relatively new intervention. Accurate acupoint placement remains challenging, with individual practitioners relying on varying methods of point identification, often compounded by the transpositional nature of points for companion animals. The aim of this study was to assess for differences in acupuncture needle placement of select points between veterinary professionals with three different levels of acupuncture training in an academic teaching environment...
October 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29078971/acupuncture-effect-on-pain-mouth-opening-limitation-and-on-the-energy-meridians-in-patients-with-temporomandibular-dysfunction-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#2
Vera Lr Zotelli, Cássia M Grillo, Maria Lb Gil, Ronaldo S Wada, Jorge E Sato, Maria da Luz Rosário de Sousa
Temporomandibular disorders (TMD), recognized as the most common conditions of chronic orofacial pain, have a multifactorial etiology. Acupuncture can help to relieve the pain and discomfort associated with these conditions, because it can rebalance the energy (Qi) circulating in the meridians. The aim of the study was to verify the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating the pain; mouth opening limitation, and energy circulating in the meridians of patients with TMD of muscular or mixed origin. This was a controlled, randomized, double-blind clinical trial conducted at the Piracicaba Dental School (FOP/Unicamp), in Piracicaba SP, Brazil...
October 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29078970/evaluation-of-acupuncture-in-the-treatment-of-restless-legs-syndrome-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#3
Gholam Reza Raissi, Bijan Forogh, Tannaz Ahadi, Samaneh Ghahramanpoori, Pouya Ghaboussi, Simin Sajadi
The aim of this study was to examine the additive effect of medical acupuncture on controlling the symptoms of restless legs syndrome (RLS). A total of 46 randomly allocated patients diagnosed with RLS were assigned to receive either 10 sessions of acupuncture plus gabapentin (300 mg/d), or gabapentin (300 mg/d) alone (23 patients in each group) over 4 weeks in a single-blind study. The symptoms of patients were assessed by the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS), the International Restless Legs Syndrome Rating Scale (IRLSRS), and the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) at baseline, just after the therapeutic course and 8 weeks later...
October 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29078969/studying-hardness-meter-spring-strength-to-understand-hardness-distribution-on-body-surfaces
#4
Yoshitaka Arima
INTRODUCTION: For developing a hardness multipoint measurement system for understanding hardness distribution on biological body surfaces, we investigated the spring strength of the contact portion main axis of a biological tissue hardness meter (product name: PEK). METHODS: We measured the hardness of three-layered sheets of six types of gel sheets (90 mm × 60 mm × 6 mm) constituting the acupuncture practice pads, with PEK measurements of 1.96 N, 2.94 N, 3...
October 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29078968/contact-tools-in-japanese-acupuncture-an-ethnography-of-acupuncture-practitioners-in-japan
#5
Benjamin Cw Chant, Jeanne Madison, Paul Coop, Gudrun Dieberg
This study aimed to identify procedural elements of Japanese acupuncture, describe these elements in detail, and explain them in terms of the key thematic category of treatment principles. Between August 2012 and December 2016, ethnographic fieldwork was conducted in Japan. In total, 38 participants were recruited by chain referral and emergent sampling. Data was collected through participant observation, interviews, and by analyzing documents. A total of 22 participants agreed to clinical observation; 221 treatments were observed with 172 patients...
October 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29078967/laser-acupuncture-at-gv20-improves-brain-damage-and-oxidative-stress-in-animal-model-of-focal-ischemic-stroke
#6
Jinatta Jittiwat
The burden of stroke is high and is continually increasing due to a dramatic growth in the world's elderly population. Novel therapeutic strategies are therefore required. The present study sought to determine the effect of laser acupuncture at GV20 on brain damage, oxidative-status markers in the cerebral cortex, and superoxide dismutase in the mitochondria of an animal model of focal ischemic stroke. Wistar rats, weighing 300-350 g, were divided into the following four groups: (1) control; (2) permanent occlusion of the right middle cerebral artery (Rt...
October 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29078966/effect-of-low-level-laser-therapy-on-p6-acupoint-to-control-gag-reflex-in-children-a%C3%A2-clinical-trial
#7
Himani Goel, Shivani Mathur, Meera Sandhu, Pulkit Jhingan, Vinod Sachdev
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of low level laser therapy (LLLT) on PC6 acupuncture point in suppressing gag reflex, regulating pulse rates and oxygen saturation, thereby reducing the anxiety levels. MATERIALS AND METHOD: A total of 40 patients who demonstrated hyperactive gag reflex in the age group of 4-14 years were included in the study. In Group A (20 patients), maxillary impression was recorded. In the second step, PC6 acupuncture point was stimulated with LLLT followed by recording of second maxillary impression...
October 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29078965/investigation-of-the-phenomenon-of-propagated-sensation-along-the-channels-in-the-upper-limb-following-administration-of-acupuncture-and-mock-laser
#8
Shohreh Razavy, Marcus Gadau, Shi Ping Zhang, Fu Chun Wang, Sergio Bangrazi, Christine Berle, Mahrita Harahap, Tie Li, Wei Hong Li, Christopher Zaslawski
BACKGROUND: Similar to De Qi psychophysical responses, propagated sensation along the channels (PSC) is considered an important phenomenon in traditional Chinese acupuncture. In acupuncture clinical trials, different acupuncture manipulation techniques are used to enhance the propagation of sensation along the channels to facilitate an optimum therapeutic result. AIM: To examine and compare the PSC reported by participants in a clinical trial following the administration of acupuncture and inactive mock laser...
October 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889847/acupuncture-for-symptom-relief-in-palliative-care-study-protocol-and-semistandardized-treatment-schemes
#9
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Sybille Kramer, Dominik Irnich, Stefan Lorenzl
The use of complementary and alternative medicine methods such as acupuncture in palliative care has increased over the past years. Well-planned trials are warranted to show its effectiveness in relieving distressing symptoms. The development of treatment schemes to be used in the trial for both acupuncture and medical symptom control is challenging, as both acupuncture and palliative care are highly individualized. Thus, standardized care plans of a randomized controlled trial will have difficulties in producing treatment results that compare to the clinical practice...
August 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889846/acupuncture-for-management-of-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-in-a-patient-with-myasthenia-gravis-a-case-report
#10
Yun Jin Kim
Myasthenia gravis (MG) is an acquired disease of the neuromuscular junctions characterized by muscular weakness and fatigue, with a prevalence of 50-125 cases per million population in western countries. In men, it usually appears after the age of 60 years, while in women, it usually appears before the age of 40 years. Long-term immunosuppression with corticosteroids is the mainstay treatment for patients with MG; however, the use of corticosteroids is a well-documented risk factor for type 2 diabetes mellitus, which has also been reported in steroid-treated patients with MG...
August 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889845/effect-of-electroacupuncture-rehabilitation-in-transverse-myelitis-a-case-report
#11
Sriloy Mohanty, Rabin Lal Shrestha
A 32-year-old male diagnosed with transverse myelitis in 2013 came to our clinic in 2015 with complaints of paraplegia, sensory disturbances, pain, exertional dyspnea, poor quality of sleep, emotional instability, and depression. This was a recurrent attack that had been exacerbated by post-traumatic stress. Owing to pain and functional disabilities, he was struggling to actively participate in the treatment modalities offered at our center. A modified protocol of electroacupuncture was planned for a period of 21 days, every day, with each session lasting for 30 minutes...
August 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889844/development-of-a-novel-questionnaire-for-the-traditional-chinese-medicine-pattern-diagnosis-of-stress
#12
Shuai Zheng, Christine Kim, Peter Meier, David Sibbritt, Chris Zaslawski
Currently, there is no definitive diagnosis or list of signs and symptoms for "stress" in either modern biomedicine or Chinese medicine (CM). While modern theories on stress relate to the neurological interaction of a stressor or stimuli on the autonomic nervous system, it is generally regarded as subjective in nature and as such each individual will likely present varying somatic or cognitive signs and symptoms. A questionnaire was therefore developed, based on textual research, that incorporated both general as well as gender specific signs and symptom responses to determine the most common CM patterns associated with individuals who report as feeling stressed...
August 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889843/quality-assessment-of-randomized-controlled-trials-of-moxibustion-using-standards-for-reporting-interventions-in-clinical-trials-of-moxibustion-strictom-and-risk-of-bias-rob
#13
REVIEW
So Yun Kim, Eun Jung Lee, Ju Hyun Jeon, Jung Ho Kim, In Chul Jung, Young Il Kim
OBJECTIVES: To assess the quality and completeness of published reports of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of moxibustion. METHOD: We searched six databases to retrieve eligible RCTs of moxibustion published from 2000 to December 2015. We used the STandards for Reporting Interventions in Clinical Trials of Moxibustion (STRICTOM) and Risk of Bias (ROB) tool to assess the completeness of reporting of RCTs of moxibustion and evaluate the reporting quality of included RCTs...
August 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889842/effects-of-acupuncture-on-1-chloro-2-4-dinitrochlorobenzene-induced-allergic-contact-dermatitis-in-mice
#14
Cuicui Chen, Xiaozhu Liu, Yinfeng Li, Huankun Liang, Kangyan Li, Jiali Li, Chengwu Cheng, Xianpan Liu, Shuhai Zhong, Laiqing Li, Yan Wang
Allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) is a chronic inflammatory skin disease. Topical corticosteroids are the first-line therapy for ACD despite their significant adverse effects. Acupuncture has been widely used in the treatment of various skin diseases, but its underlying mechanism remains unrevealed. In this study, we investigated the characteristics of acupuncture treatment based on effectiveness and mechanism. BALB/c mice received 1-chloro-2,4-dinitrobenzene (DNCB) application to build AD-like model. Results showed that acupuncture was an effective treatment method in inhibiting inflammatory conditions, serum IgE levels, and expression of proinflammatory cytokine Th2 (IL-4, IL-6), and Th2 (IL-1β, TNF-α) mRNA compared with DNCB treatment...
August 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889841/hwanglyunhaedok-pharmacopuncture-versus-saline-pharmacopuncture-on-chronic-nonbacterial-prostatitis-chronic-pelvic-pain-syndrome
#15
Kee Moon Seong, Geurin Jang, Dong Woong Kim, Sungchul Kim, Bong Keun Song
PURPOSE: Chronic nonbacterial prostatitis (CP)/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS) is known not to have a successful therapy as yet. More recently, acupuncture, some herbal compounds, and trigger point injection have been reported to be beneficial. Pharmacopuncture is an herbal acupuncture having these benefits. The aim of this study was to compare the effect of HP (Hwanglyunhaedok Pharmacopuncture) versus normal saline injection (Saline Pharmacopuncture, SP) on CP/CPPS. METHODS: A retrospective follow up study of 63 patients who were diagnosed with CP/CPPS was performed...
August 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889840/immediate-effect-of-needling-at-cv-12-zhongwan-acupuncture-point-on-blood-glucose-level-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-a-pilot-randomized-placebo-controlled-trial
#16
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Ranjan Kumar, A Mooventhan, Nandi Krishnamurthy Manjunath
INTRODUCTION: Diabetes mellitus is a major global health problem. Needling at CV-12 has reduced blood glucose level in diabetic rats. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of needling at CV-12 (Zhongwan) on blood glucose level in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty T2DM patients were recruited and randomized into either the acupuncture group or placebo control group. The participants in the acupuncture group were needled at CV-12 (4 cun above the center of the umbilicus), and those in the placebo control group were needled at a placebo point on the right side of the abdomen (1 cun beside the CV-12)...
August 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889839/laser-acupuncture-at-ht7-improves-the-cerebellar-disorders-in-valproic-acid-rat-model-of-autism
#17
Jurairat Khongrum, Jintanaporn Wattanathorn
The novel therapeutic strategy against autism is essential due to the limited therapeutic efficacy. Based on the benefit of laser acupuncture at HT7 acupoint on the neurological disorders related with oxidative stress and inflammation, its benefit on oxidative stress, neuroinflammation, and GABAergic/glutamatergic imbalance in cerebellum of autism have been considered. To elucidate this issue, male rat pups were induced autistic-like conditions by valproic acid (VPA) and treated with laser acupuncture at HT7 acupoint once daily between postnatal Day 14 and Day 40...
August 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889838/reply-to-the-letter-to-the-editor-electrodermal-conductance-at-acupuncture-points-and-asthma
#18
LETTER
Kuntal Ghosh, Alex Hankey, Thaiyar M Srinivasan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889837/electrodermal-conductance-at-acupuncture-points-and-asthma
#19
LETTER
Yiu Ming Wong
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712483/corrigendum-to-improvements-in-scrotal-thermoregulation-in-patients-with-varicoceles-treated-by-using-traditional-korean-medicine-two-case-reports-j%C3%A2-acupunct-meridian-stud-9-3-2016-156-160
#20
Junyoung Jo, Hyunho Kim, Ui Min Jerng
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
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