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Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies

Danielle Terra Alvim, Arthur Sá Ferreira
This study describes the reliability of pragmatic combinations of acupuncture points for lateral epicondylalgia as prescribed by physiotherapists who were experts in acupuncture. Raters (n=14; 33 to 59 years) independently prescribed acupuncture points for 30 simulated human patients with lateral epicondylalgia who were surveyed via a printed questionnaire. The frequency and cooccurrence of acupuncture points prescribed for patients with lateral epicondylitis were assessed. Absolute agreement and Light's kappa (κLight ) with 95%CI were used to quantify the interrater agreement...
August 6, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Hu Liang Low
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August 1, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Wildete Mayrink, João Garcia, Alcione Dos Santos, Joana Nunes, Tárcia Mendonça
OBJECTIVES: To assess the effectiveness of acupuncture as an auxiliary analgesic treatment for chronic headaches, and the influence of this treatment on the quality of life, as the effectiveness of acupuncture in chronic headache is still controversial. METHODS: Thirty-four patients selected from a University Hospital Clinic on Chronic Pain were divided into two groups: True acupuncture (group Ⅰ), in which the recommended points of Traditional Chinese Medicine were used for each type of headache, and sham acupuncture (group Ⅱ), in which the needles were inserted into a device (the stick-on moxa), at the same points as Group Ⅰ...
July 27, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Rodrigo de Lima Pimentel, Alice Pereira Duque, Beatriz Robert Moreira, Luiz Fernando Rodrigues
Acupuncture, for the westerns countries, is an innovative and low-cost therapy for treatment and prevention of CVDs. However, most of its effects and mechanisms are poorly understood. Thus, the objective of this work was to systematically review the literature regarding the clinical effects of acupuncture for the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). A search for papers published, in English or Portuguese ​​in the past 20 years, was conducted at PubMed, SciELO, and PEDro databases...
July 27, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Larissa Brizhik, Enrico Chiappini, Patrizia Stefanini, Giuseppe Vitiello
We present here a model of meridians in the formalism of the gauge theory paradigm of quantum field theory with spontaneous breakdown of symmetry. We discuss the origin and dynamic self-focusing propagation of the electromagnetic field in coherent states and the role it plays in our meridian modeling. Within this frame, we consider the formation of solitary waves on proteins and anatomical filamentary structures and discuss non-dissipative energy transport. Finally, we analyze the relation of meridians with anatomical filamentary structures, the reciprocal actions between meridians and biochemical activity and the key role played by free energy, internal energy and entropy...
July 26, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Seyed Saeed Najafi, Setareh Nazaribin, Marzieh Momennasab, Amin Kordi Yoosefinejad
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 22, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Javad AminiSaman, Saeed Mohammadi, HasanAli Karimpour, Behzad Hemmatpour, Hengameh Sharifi, Rasool Kawyannejad
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Electrical stimulation and acupuncture points as non-pharmacological methods, have been the focus of pain reduction in different patients. This study is aimed at determining the effects of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) on the acupuncture points of pain in patients under mechanical ventilators. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This randomized, double blind clinical trial study was conducted on 50 patients undergoing mechanical ventilation in intensive care units of ImamReza hospital in Kermanshah, Iran in 2017...
July 20, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Foziyeh Abadi, Faezeh Abadi, Zhila Fereidouni, Mehdi Amirkhani, Shahnaz Karimi, Majid Najafi Kelyani
Anxiety is a common preoperative problem in cesarean section candidates. Non-pharmacologic anxiety control has been demonstrated to be more suitable in pregnant women. The current study was a randomized, single-blind clinical trial which evaluated the effect of acupressure on preoperative C-section anxiety. In this study, 60 patients facing surgery were randomly divided into two groups of 30 patients each. Those patients in the intervention group received simultaneous acupressure at the Yintang and HE-7 acupoints for 5 minutes before surgery, and patients in the control group received intervention at a sham acupoint...
July 7, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Nafisa Khamis Umar, Sherali Tursunbadalov, Serdar Surgun, Osain Menizibeya Welcome, Senol Dane
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Heavy metals have been recognized as toxins for centuries. Cupping therapy has been shown to aid the excretion of accumulated fluids and toxins from interstitial fluid. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of wet cupping therapy on blood levels of heavy metals. METHODS: Thirteen healthy male subjects (mean age ± SD, 28.47 ± 6.18) participated in this study. Venous blood samples were collected 5 min before and 30 days after wet cupping therapy...
June 26, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Cássia Maria Grillo, Vera Lúcia Rasera Zotelli, Maria Lúcia Bressiani Gil, Maria da Luz Rosário de Sousa
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June 23, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Chiara Ghiron, The Yogi Cat
This literature study paper will present the possibility of a correlation between the Energy Meridians of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which can be traced back to the recently described Primo Vessels (formerly known as Bong-Han ducts), their composition and the ability of tumours to proliferate and metastasise. It is proposed that microvesicular bodies such as exosomes, known to be involved in cell-to-cell communication, immune response and tumour proliferation, could be moving across the body via the Primo Vascular System...
June 22, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Hsiao-Neng Chen, Chau-Yi Chang, Lian-Zen Chen, Yu-Jun Chang, Jaung-Geng Lin
BACKGROUND: Pneumothorax is the most frequent severe acupuncture-related adverse event occurring at the GB 21 acupoint. This study used ultrasonography (US) to measure the depth of the GB 21 acupoint in adults and assessed its applicability for ensuring safe acupuncture practices. METHODS: A US probe was used to measure the vertical depth from the skin to the pleural line of the apex of the lungs at the right and left GB 21 acupoints. The sex, age, body weight, height, and body mass index (BMI) of each person were recorded...
June 21, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Tamer Aboushanab, Saud AlSanad
Cupping therapy is a popular treatment in various countries and regions, including Saudi Arabia. Cupping therapy is regulated in Saudi Arabia by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), Ministry of Health. The authors recommend that this quality model for selecting patients in cupping clinics - first version (QMSPCC-1) - be used routinely as part of clinical practice and quality management in cupping clinics. The aim of the quality model is to ensure the safety of patients and to introduce and facilitate quality and auditing processes in cupping therapy clinics...
June 8, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Isabella Neri, Lucrezia Pignatti, Francesca Fontanesi, Fabio Facchinetti
OBJECTIVES: Pharmacological labour induction is obtained through prostaglandins application and/or oxytocin infusion; however the use seems related to foetal and maternal side effects. Traditional Chinese Medicine advocates the use of acupuncture to soften the cervix and induce uterine contractions. The primary outcome was the rate of women submitted to labour induction for prolonged pregnancy at 41+5 weeks, the secondary outcome was the rate of induction planned for other indications...
June 8, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Sharon Jiyoon Jung, Myung Geun Kook, Sungchul Kim, Kyung-Sun Kang, Kwang-Sup Soh
Homing of stem cells (SCs) to desired targets such as injured tissues remains a lingering problem in cell-based therapeutics. Studies on the biodistribution of intravenously administered SCs have shown the inefficacy of blood vessels as the homing path because most of the injected SCs are captured in the capillary beds of the lungs. We considered an alternative administration method utilizing the acupuncture meridians or the primo vascular system (PVS). We injected SCs at the acupoint Zusanli (ST-36) below the knee of a nude mouse with a spinal cord injured at the thoracic T9-10 vertebrae...
June 4, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Jadina Santos Vieira, Jéssica Aline Toreti, Ravena Carolina de Carvalho, João Eduardo de Araújo, Marcelo Lourenço Silva, Josie Resende Torres Silva
The present study evaluates whether the injection of serotonin, acetylcholine, glutamate, bradykinin, histamine or substance P into the Zusanli (Stomach 36, ST 36) acupoint can also produce the acupuncture-induced antinociceptive effect on inflammatory or neuropathic pain. In this in vivo experimental study a total of 450 male Swiss mice were used. Mice were injected with saline or complete Freund's adjuvant (CFA) or subjected to sham or chronic constriction injury (CCI) surgery. After the establishment of the inflammatory (4 hours) or the neuropathic pain (3 days) the animals (n=6) received manual acupuncture (MA), sham acupuncture (OUT) or injection of saline, serotonin, acetylcholine, glutamate, bradykinin, histamine or substance P into the ST 36 and were evaluated for up to 24 hours...
May 31, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Tamer Aboushanab, Saud AlSanad
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June 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
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 (PAN). The PAN is synthesized via a facile electrochemical anodization technique by which a surface area approximately 20 times greater than a conventional acupuncture needle, of approximately the same diameter, is obtained. PAN biocompatibility is evaluated using a variety of standard tests, with results indicating that the PAN can safely be used within therapeutic practice...
June 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
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 six groups of six 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 (20 mg/kg, 24 hours interval), and the other ASIC3 -/- mice were injected subcutaneously twice with isoproterenol (ISO) (20 mg/kg, 24 hours interval)...
June 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
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 opted to benefit from the effects of acupuncture to reduce symptoms and increase quality of life in a case of temporal arteritis, a chronic disease...
June 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
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