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Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27776767/a-case-report-on-the-effect-of-sham-acupuncture
#1
Vera Lucia Rasera Zotelli, Cássia Maria Grillo, Maria da Luz Rosário de Sousa
When nausea, an extremely unpleasant symptom, is experienced during dental treatment, it generates disorders and obstacles for both the patient and the professional, compromising the good quality of dental care. Clinical studies have confirmed the antiemetic action of acupuncture and shown its use for the treatment of nausea and vomiting. In the scientific literature there are several recent studies that address the placebo effect of acupuncture. The aim of this manuscript is to present a case report of a 46-year-old Caucasian male patient, who had severe symptoms of nausea while undergoing dental care...
October 2016: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27776766/amblyopia-can-laser-acupuncture-be-an-option
#2
Marzio Vanzini, Michele Gallamini
This paper describes the results of the treatment of amblyopia in young patients using an unconventional laser-acupuncture technique. After obtaining satisfactory results in the treatment of a 14-year-old amblyopic girl, the treatment was applied to 13 amblyopic children aged 3-11 years, with an encouraging outcome. An ultralow-light-intensity laser with a square-wave modulated emission was applied over a sequence of acupuncture points. Each session lasted < 15 minutes, and the treatment was performed once a week in 6-week cycles...
October 2016: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27776765/evaluation-of-the-effectiveness-of-acupuncture-therapy-by-verbal-pain-scale-in-patients-with-abdominal-pain-of-familial-mediterranean-fever
#3
Sinan Becel, Yılmaz Sezgin, Fatih Akçay
In this study, we evaluated the effectiveness of acupuncture therapy based on Verbal Pain Scale (VPS) scores in familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) patients admitted to the emergency department with attacks of abdominal pain. This observational study was conducted in Erzurum Regional Training and Research Hospital between August 2014 and December 2014. Twenty patients admitted to the emergency department with FMF attacks were included in the study. Acupuncture therapy was applied to three points including LI4 (Hegu), ST25 (Tianshu), and Ren12 (Zhongwan)...
October 2016: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27776764/comparison-of-the-effects-of-manual-acupuncture-laser-acupuncture-and-electromagnetic-field-stimulation-at-acupuncture-point-bl15-on-heart-rate-variability
#4
Na Ra Lee, Soo Byeong Kim, Hyun Heo, Yong Heum Lee
The aim of this study was to compare the influences of manual acupuncture, laser acupuncture, and electromagnetic field stimulation on the autonomic nervous system. We monitored the heart rate variability before and after stimulation to check the influence on the autonomic nervous system. The heart rate variabilities at low frequency (LF; 0.04-0.15 Hz) and high frequency (HF; 0.15-0.4 Hz) were analyzed to acquire LF/HF ratio. Xinshu (BL15) was selected as the stimulation point. Methods included manual acupuncture with a 1-cm depth and laser acupuncture at a wavelength of 660 nm and output power of 50 mW...
October 2016: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27776763/unilateral-and-immediate-stimulation-of-acupuncture-points-xiaohai-si8-and-jianwaishu-si14-of-the-small-intestine-meridian-increases-electromyographic-activity-and-strength-in-the-ipsilateral-and-contralateral-upper-trapezius-muscle
#5
Leandro L de Souza, Fernanda L B de Araujo, Fernanda A M da Silva, Thaís S Mucciaroni, João E de Araujo
We previously showed that a yin meridian of the upper limb decreased electromyographic activity (root mean square) and muscle strength ipsilateral and contralateral to the side of stimulation. Here, we tested the upper trapezius (UT) muscle response after stimulation of a yang meridian of the upper limb, the small intestine (SI). Thirty-eight healthy volunteers were randomized into the following groups: UT muscle (SI14), distant of the UT muscle (SI8), without stimulation (CG), and sham (R3). An acupuncturist certificated by the Brazilian Society of Physical Therapists and Acupuncturists performed the needle insertion...
October 2016: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27776762/soluble-n-ethylmaleimide-sensitive-factor-attachment-receptor-snare-protein-involved-in-the-remission-of-depression-by-acupuncture-in-rats
#6
Ling Fan, Zhao Chen, Wenbin Fu, Nenggui Xu, Jianhua Liu, Aiping Lu, Ziping Li, Shengyong Su, Taixiang Wu, Aihua Ou
This study aims to investigate the molecular mechanisms of acupuncture in the remission of depression. A depressive disorder model was induced by exposing Sprague-Dawley rats to chronic unpredictable stress. The rats were divided into five groups: healthy (blank group) and stressed rats (model group), and stressed rats treated with acupuncture (acupuncture group), riluzole (riluzole group), acupuncture combined with botulinum toxin A (BTX-A) injection (acupuncture+BTX-A group) or riluzole combined with BTX-A injection (riluzole+BTX-A group)...
October 2016: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27776761/intraoperative-low-frequency-electroacupuncture-under-general-anesthesia-improves-postoperative-recovery-in-a-randomized-trial
#7
Dennis Grech, Zhifeng Li, Patrick Morcillo, Evelyne Kalyoussef, David D Kim, Alex Bekker, Luis Ulloa
Neuronal stimulation improves physiological responses to infection and trauma, but the clinical potential of this strategy is unknown. We hypothesized that transdermal neural stimulation through low-frequency electroacupuncture might control the immune responses to surgical trauma and expedite the postoperative recovery. However, the efficiency of electroacupuncture is questioned due to the placebo effect. Here, electroacupuncture was performed on anesthetized patients to avoid any placebo. This is a prospective double-blinded pilot trial to determine whether intraoperative electroacupuncture on anesthetized patients improves postoperative recovery...
October 2016: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27776760/types-of-control-in-acupuncture-clinical-trials-might-affect-the-conclusion-of-the-trials-a-review-of-acupuncture-on-pain-management
#8
Haiyong Chen, Zhipeng Ning, Wing Lok Lam, Wai-Yee Lam, Ying Ke Zhao, Jerry Wing Fai Yeung, Bacon Fung-Leung Ng, Eric Tat-Chi Ziea, Lixing Lao
Analgesic effects of acupuncture have been extensively studied in various clinical trials. However, the conclusion remains controversial, even among large scale randomized controlled trials. This study aimed to evaluate the association between the conclusion of the trials and the types of control used in those trials via systematic review. Published randomized controlled trials of acupuncture for pain were retrieved from electronic databases (Medline, AMED, Cochrane libraries, EMBASE, PsycINFO, Clinicaltrials...
October 2016: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27776759/acupuncture-health-and-well-being
#9
Lixing Lao
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2016: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27555227/yoga-for-health-care-in-korea-a-protocol-for-systematic-review-of-clinical-trials
#10
Jiae Choi, Ji Hee Jun, Ju Ah Lee, Myeong Soo Lee
This systematic review aims to evaluate the therapeutic effects of yoga therapy using an evidence-based approach and investigates the relationship between yoga and the meridian energies based on all available clinical studies in Korea. Sixteen electronic databases will be searched from the inception of the study until January 2016. All clinical evidences that evaluate any type of yoga and any type of control in individuals with any type of condition will be eligible. The methodological quality will be assessed using the Cochrane risk of bias tool for randomized clinical trials and the Newcastle-Ottawa scale for nonrandomized studies...
August 2016: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27555226/phytochemical-profile-of-erythrina-variegata-by-using-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-and-gas-chromatography-mass-spectroscopy-analyses
#11
Suriyavathana Muthukrishnan, Subha Palanisamy, Senthilkumar Subramanian, Sumathi Selvaraj, Kavitha Rani Mari, Ramalingam Kuppulingam
Natural products derived from plant sources have been utilized to treat patients with numerous diseases. The phytochemical constituents present in ethanolic leaf extract of Erythrina variegata (ELEV) were identified by using high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy (GC-MS) analyses. Shade dried leaves were powdered and extracted with ethanol for analyses through HPLC to identify selected flavonoids and through GC-MS to identify other molecules. The HPLC analysis of ELEV showed the presence of gallic and caffeic acids as the major components at concentrations of 2...
August 2016: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27555225/100-hz-electroacupuncture-but-not-2-hz-electroacupuncture-is-preemptive-against-postincision-pain-in-rats
#12
Marcelo Lourenço Silva, Josie Resende Torres Silva, Wiliam Alves Prado
Preemptive analgesia involves introducing an analgesic before noxious stimulation. Electroacupuncture (EA) activates descending mechanisms that modulate nociceptive inputs into the spinal dorsal horn. This study evaluated whether preoperative EA is more effective than postoperative EA in reducing incision pain in rats. The nociceptive threshold to mechanical stimulation was utilized to examine the effects of an intraperitoneal injection of saline (0.1 mL/kg) or naloxone (1 mg/kg) on antinociception induced by a 20-minute period of 2-Hz or 100-Hz EA applied to the Zusanli (ST36) and Sanyinjiao (SP6) acupoints before surgical incision, or 10 minutes after or 100 minutes after surgical incision of the hind paw...
August 2016: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27555224/auricular-acupuncture-versus-progressive-muscle-relaxation-in-patients-with-anxiety-disorders-or-major-depressive-disorder-a-prospective-parallel-group-clinical-trial
#13
Lukas de Lorent, Agorastos Agorastos, Alexander Yassouridis, Michael Kellner, Christoph Muhtz
Although acupuncture treatment is increasingly in demand among psychiatric patients, to date no studies have investigated the effectiveness of auricular acupuncture (AA) in treating anxiety disorders or major depressive disorder. Thus, this study aimed to compare the effectiveness of AA versus progressive muscle relaxation (PMR), a standardized and accepted relaxation method. We examined 162 patients with a primary diagnosis of anxiety disorder or major depressive disorder, and each patient chose between treatment with AA, executed according to the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association protocol, and treatment with PMR...
August 2016: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27555223/differential-effect-of-electroacupuncture-on-inflammatory-adipokines-in-two-rat-models-of-obesity
#14
Jacqueline J T Liaw, Philip V Peplow
Chronic inflammation is known to be associated with visceral obesity and insulin resistance which are characterized by altered levels of production of pro- and anti-inflammatory adipokines. The dysregulation of the production of inflammatory adipokines and their functions in obese individuals leads to a state of chronic low-grade inflammation and may promote obesity-linked metabolic disorders and cardiovascular diseases such as insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and atherosclerosis. Electroacupuncture (EA) was tested to see if there was a difference in its effect on pro- and anti-inflammatory adipokine levels in the blood serum and the white adipose tissue of obese Zucker fatty rats and high-fat diet-induced obese Long Evans rats...
August 2016: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27555222/effect-of-acupuncture-on-pain-and-quality-of-life-in-patients-with-lumbar-spinal-stenosis-a-case-series-study
#15
Mohammad J Hadianfard, Ali Aminlari, Arghavan Daneshian, Ali R Safarpour
Lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) is a major cause of debilitation in adults, and acupuncture is a recommended treatment. We assessed the effect of acupuncture on pain and quality of life in patients with LSS. Twenty-four patients with LSS who had symptoms of neurogenic claudication were randomly selected and underwent 10 sessions of acupuncture. Pain and quality of life were evaluated before and immediately after the intervention and 6 weeks later using a visual analogue scale and Short Form-36 Health Survey. Paired t tests and repeated measure tests were used to analyze the data...
August 2016: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27555221/does-acupuncture-alter-pain-related-functional-connectivity-of-the-central-nervous-system-a-systematic-review
#16
REVIEW
María Villarreal Santiago, Steve Tumilty, Aleksandra Mącznik, Ramakrishnan Mani
Acupuncture has been studied for several decades to establish evidence-based clinical practice. This systematic review aims to evaluate evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture in influencing the functional connectivity of the central nervous system in patients with musculoskeletal pain. A systematic search of the literature was conducted to identify studies in which the central response of acupuncture in patients with musculoskeletal pain was evaluated by neuroimaging techniques. Databases searched were AMED, CINAHL, Cochrane Library, EMBASE, MEDLINE, PEDro, Pubmed, SCOPUS, SPORTDiscuss, and Web of Science...
August 2016: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27342890/improvements-in-scrotal-thermoregulation-in-patients-with-varicoceles-treated-by-using%C3%A2-traditional-korean-medicine-two-case%C3%A2-reports
#17
Junyoung Jo, Hyunho Kim, Ui Min Jerng
A varicocele is a dilatation of the pampiniform venous plexus within the spermatic cord. The incidence of varicoceles is 15%, and it occurs in more than 40% of men in infertile couples. Traditional Korean medicine (TKM) has been used to treat male infertility in Korea. We present two cases of men with varicoceles diagnosed via physical examination and scrotal thermography. We treated these men for two months by using TKM techniques, which included acupuncture, pharmacopuncture, and herbal medicine. We used scrotal thermography to evaluate the varicoceles before and after TKM treatment...
June 2016: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27342889/ethanol-extracts-of-selected-cyathea-species-decreased-cell-viability-and-inhibited-growth-in-mcf-7-cell-line-cultures
#18
Narayanan Janakiraman, Marimuthu Johnson
Cancer is the cause of more than 6 million deaths worldwide every year. For centuries, medicinal plants have been used in the treatment of cancer. Chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery and acupuncture point stimulation are also used to treat cancer. The present study was intended to reveal the cytotoxic and anticancer potential of selected Cyathea species and to highlight their importance in the pharmaceutical industry for the development of cost-effective drugs. Cytotoxic studies using brine shrimp lethality bioassays and MCF 7 cell line cultures were carried out...
June 2016: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27342888/cardiovascular-response-to-manual-acupuncture-needle-stimulation-among-apparently-healthy-nigerian-adults
#19
Ganiyu Sokunbi, Stanley Maduagwu, Olabode Jaiyeola, Hassan Gambo, Cephas Blasu
This study investigated experience with acupuncture needle stimulation of apparently healthy adult Nigerians and the responses of the systolic blood pressure (SBP), diastolic blood pressure, heart rate (HR), and rate pressure products (RPP) to acupuncture at both real acupuncture points relevant to the treatment of cardiovascular disorder and sham acupuncture points not relevant to the treatment of cardiovascular disorder. Seventy-eight participants were randomly placed into three groups: the real acupuncture group (RAG); the sham acupuncture group (SAG); and the control group, with 26 participants per group...
June 2016: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27342887/acetone-extract-of-almond-hulls-provides-protection-against-oxidative-damage-and-membrane-protein-degradation
#20
Azadeh Meshkini
Several studies have revealed that among foods, the consumption of edible nuts has beneficial effects on health which are attributed to their high content of potent antioxidants. Among nuts, the whole seed of the almond (Prunus dulcis) has been demonstrated to possess potent free radical scavenging activity, which is related to the presence of phenolic compounds. The aim of the current study is to evaluate the polyphenol content and the antioxidant ability of almond hull, which is an agriculture solid waste...
June 2016: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
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