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Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29890287/a-quality-model-to-select-patients-in-cupping-therapy-clinics-a-new-tool-for-ensuring-safety-in-clinical-practice
#1
LETTER
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29890286/acupuncture-in-post-date-pregnancy-management
#2
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29879473/homing-of-the-stem-cells-from-the-acupoint-st-36-to-the-site-of-a-spinal-cord-injury-a-preliminary-study
#3
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29859911/analgesic-effects-elicited-by-neuroactive-mediators-injected-into-the-st-36-acupuncture-point-on-inflammatory-and-neuropathic-pain-in-mice
#4
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783049/thermopuncture-for-the-diagnosis-monitoring-and-treatment-of-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
#5
Valery Muzhikov, Elena Vershinina, Ruslan Muzhikov, Kirill Nikitin
BACKGROUND: Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is a socially significant disease that affects millions of patients. There were an estimated 366 million people with this disease in 2011, and, according to the forecast, approximately 552 million will be affected by this disease in 2030. It is well known that the primary diagnosis and treatment of a patient with this disease are quite expensive. What should be done to make it possible for a patient to monitor his own state and provide treatment in his own home using telemedicine? To solve this problem, an alternative concept for the diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment at the basis of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) combined with mathematical methods of data processing has been used...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783048/effect-of-auriculotherapy-on-the-plasma-concentration-of-biomarkers-in-individuals-with-knee-osteoarthritis
#6
Rebeca Graça Costa-Cavalcanti, Danúbia da Cunha de Sá-Caputo, Eloá Moreira-Marconi, Cristiane Ribeiro Kütter, Samuel Brandão-Sobrinho-Neto, Laisa Liane Paineiras-Domingos, Marcia Cristina Moura-Fernandes, João Marcelo Castelpoggi da Costa, José Maurício de Morais Carmo, José Firmino Nogueira-Neto, Shyang Chang, Mario Bernardo-Filho
Knee osteoarthritis (KOA) is one of the most frequent non-communicable diseases with pain associated symptoms and affects the musculoskeletal system. Various forms of treatment can be indicated and non-pharmacological treatment is also an available option for the management of KOA individuals. For instance, auriculotherapy (AT) is one possible procedure associated with the Traditional Chinese Medicine for dealing with KOA. It is believed that the concentration of certain biomarkers could be altered in individuals with KOA after AT...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758286/a-new-definition-of-an-acupuncture-meridian
#7
Fletcher Kovich
This article provides a new definition of an acupuncture meridian. It suggests that a meridian consists of a distal tract of tissue that is affected by organ function. In the 1960's, Kim discovered the primo vascular system, and regarded the superficial primo vessels as equating to the meridians. Instead, this article suggests that the superficial primo vessels merely underlie the meridians, in that they enable their creation, which is why some meridians are said to occur along the paths of superficial primo vessels...
May 11, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753705/spinal-cord-injury-how-could-acupuncture-help
#8
REVIEW
Qianqian Fan, Omer Cavus, Lize Xiong, Yun Xia
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is one of the most common causes of death and disability worldwide, and it can result in both permanent disability and serial complications in patients. Research shows that patients with SCI complications are often interested in acupuncture for symptomatic relief. Therefore, the issue of physicians advising their patients regarding the use of acupuncture to alleviate SCI complications becomes pertinent. We review and summarize two types of relevant publications: (1) literature concerning acupuncture for SCI and its complications and (2) underlying mechanisms of acupuncture therapy for SCI...
May 10, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753704/effect-of-the-auricular-accupoint-associated-to-physical-exercise-in-elderly-people-a-randomized-clinical-test
#9
Rogéria Gonçalves de Carvalho Fonseca, Andreia Maria Silva, Luiza Faria Teixeira, Valéria Regina Silva, Luciana Maria Dos Reis, Adriana Teresa Silva Santos
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the effect of auricular acupoint associated with physical exercise on balance, mobility and fear of falling in the elderly. METHOD: The study is characterized as a clinical, controlled and randomized trial with 22 elderly sampled divided into two groups: kinesiotherapy group (KG, n = 11) and kinesiotherapy/auriculotherapy group (AKG, n = 11). The instruments used for evaluation were Falls Efficacy Scale International (FES-I); Berg Balance Scale (BBS) and Timed up and Go Test (TUG)...
May 10, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29746993/combination-of-exercise-and-acupuncture-vs-acupuncture-alone-for-treatment-of-myofascial-pain-syndrome-a-randomized-clinical-trial
#10
Bina Eftekharsadat, Elmira Porjafar, Fariba Eslamian, Seyed Kazem Shakouri, Hamid Reza Fadavi, Seyed Ahmad Raeissadat, Arash Babaei-Ghazani
Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) is a common musculoskeletal disorder. This study was designed to compare the effects of aerobic exercise plus acupuncture with acupuncture alone in treatment of patients with MPS. Sixty four patients (55 female and 9 male) with myofascial pain syndrome in their neck and shoulders participated in the study with mean age of 33.1± 6.4. Participants were randomly allocated to aerobic exercise plus acupuncture (n = 32) or acupuncture alone (n = 32) groups. Outcome measurements included Visual Analog Scale (VAS), Pressure Pain Threshold (PPT), Neck Disability Index (NDI) and Quality of Life which was measured with QoL-SF36 scale...
May 7, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29673797/non-invasive-multi-modality-approach-to-treating-plantar-fasciitis-a-case-study
#11
Tamsin Lee
Plantar fasciitis, also referred to as plantar heel pain, is a common foot pathology among runners and other athletes. The clinical guidelines of the 2014 Orthopedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association states, non-invasive therapies including manual therapy, stretching, taping, foot orthoses and night splints are recommended as primary interventions. Recent studies suggest acupuncture may be an effective treatment compared to standard treatment for long-term relief. This case study reports the effects of a multi-modality approach including massage, gua sha, bleeding, acupuncture and moxibustion to treat acute plantar heel pain...
April 16, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29654841/comparison-of-the-prophylactic-effect-between-acupuncture-and-acupressure-on-menstrual-migraine-results-of-a-pilot-study
#12
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
#13
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
#14
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
#15
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
#16
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/29709565/cupping-therapy-and-animal-research-the-progress
#17
LETTER
Tamer Aboushanab, Saud AlSanad
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29703337/single-or-multiple-electroacupuncture-sessions-in-nonspecific-low-back-pain-are-we-low-responders-to-electroacupuncture
#18
Ravena C de Carvalho, Julia R Parisi, Wiliam A Prado, João E de Araújo, Andreia M Silva, Josie R T Silva, Marcelo L Silva
The objective of this study was to compare the effects of one or multiple sessions of electroacupuncture (EA) in patients with chronic low back pain. The outcome measures were visual analog score (VAS), pressure pain threshold (PPT), McGill pain questionnaire (MPQ), Roland Morris disability questionnaire (RMDQ), low back skin temperature, surface electromyography of longissimus muscle (contraction/rest) and blood cytokines. After examination (AV0), patients were submitted to EA (2 Hz, 30 minutes, bilaterally at the SP6, BL23, BL31, BL32, BL33, and BL60) and were revaluated after one week (AV1)...
April 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
#19
Colette Widrin
An acute spinal cord injury 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...
April 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
#20
Moisés S Dall'Agnol, Fernanda Cechetti
The leading cause of disability in adults, leads to different consequences, such as hemiparesis and loss of function in the upper limb which can impair the performance of activities of daily living. Different techniques, such as like acupuncture and Kinesio Taping (KT), have been used to ameliorate this condition. 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...
April 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
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