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Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies

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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
#1
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
#2
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
#3
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
#4
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
#5
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
#6
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
#7
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
#8
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254099/acupuncture-as-adjuvant-therapy-for-sleep-disorders-in-parkinson-s-disease
#9
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Fábio Henrique de Amorim Aroxa, Ihana Thaís Guerra de Oliveira Gondim, Elba Lúcia Wanderley Santos, Maria das Graças Wanderley de Sales Coriolano, Amdore Guescel C Asano, Nadja Maria Jorge Asano
There are few studies which attest the efficacy of acupuncture on treatment of sleep disturbs in Parkinson disease. The aimed of this randomized clinical trial was to evaluate the effects of acupuncture on sleep disturbs of 22 patients with diagnosis of idiopathic Parkinson disease (Hoehn-Yahr 1 to 3) who have assistance on the Pro-Parkinson Program of Clinical Hospital at Federal University of Pernambuco in Brazil. All participants were evaluated by Parkinson Disease Sleep Scale (PDSS) before and after 8 weeks...
January 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254098/effect-of-manual-acupuncture-stimulation-at-bai-hui-gv-20-or-yint%C3%A3-ng-ex-hn3-on-depressed-rats
#10
Ken Takagi, Nobuyuki Tanahashi, Nozomi Amagasu, Kaito Mizuno, Jun Kawanokuchi, Guo Yi, Torao Ishida
A previous study on rats showed that simultaneous acupuncture stimulation at the "Bai-Hui" (GV 20) and the "Yintáng" (Ex-HN3) acupoints alleviated the state of depression to an extent similar to that achieved by pharmacotherapy. This study investigated whether the alleviation of the depressed state required simultaneous acupuncture at these two acupuncture points. For the purposes of testing the effect of acupuncture on depressive symptoms, we treated a depression model rat, where depression had been induced by using a mild water-immersion stress technique, with either acupuncture stimulation at only one acupuncture point (GV 20 or Ex-HN3) or an antidepressant, and we measured the immobile time for evaluating the state of depression...
January 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254097/a-trial-study-of-moxibustion-with-a-warming-needle-on-edema
#11
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Wen-Ping Zhang, Yuki Onose, Takahiko Fujikawa
Edema is an accumulation of an excessive amount of watery fluid in cells or intercellular tissues. In order to examine the effects of acupuncture and moxibustion on edema, seven subjects were randomly divided into three groups, that was a Control group, an Acupuncture group (Acp), and an acupuncture and moxibustion group (Acp-Mox). After sitting for 60 minutes keeping their bodies still, the Acp and Acp-Mox subjects were administered acupuncture or acupuncture/moxibustion on the points of Zusanli (ST-36) and Sanyinjiao (SP-6), separately as against the Control group who only lied on the bed after modelization...
January 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254096/sasang-medical-perspectives-on-viral-immunity-a-discussion-of-intrinsic-constitutionally-related-factors-in-disease-onset-and-resistance
#12
REVIEW
Gary Wagman
There remain more questions than answers regarding the manifestation of certain diseases, such as Ebola, in some otherwise healthy individuals but not in others. Sasang medicine offers a possible clue to solving this mystery by introducing a constitutionally based, intrinsic approach to determining disease susceptibility. The Sasang constitution is identified by a detailed examination of inherent physiological and psychological traits that are likely, but not yet, to be associated with specific genetic patterns...
January 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28010837/raptor-acupuncture-for-treating-chronic-degenerative-joint-disease
#13
Keum Hwa Choi, Gail Buhl, Julia Ponder
A permanently captive 21-year-old male bald eagle was diagnosed with chronic degenerative joint disease in the right stifle with severe lameness (Grade 5) based on radiography. Clinical signs included decreased movement, vocalization, non weight-bearing on the affected limb, inappetence, depression, and pododermatitis on the left foot (bumblefoot, Grade 3). The eagle was treated with anti-inflammatory or analgesic drugs including carprofen and celecoxib. As there was no observed clinical improvement with any of the treatments, acupuncture treatment was provided...
December 2016: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28010836/acupuncture-in-the-management-of-intraoperative-nausea-and-vomiting
#14
Francisco Gouveia, Carmen Oliveira, Nuno Losa
Intraoperative and postoperative nausea and vomiting (IONV and PONV, respectively) are common complications of anesthesia with significant associated morbidity. Strategies for their prevention and treatment have been organized in pharmacological and nonpharmacological measures. Acupuncture at PC6 has demonstrated efficacy in randomized trials, although evidence regarding its efficacy in treating IONV and PONV has not yet been fully established. We present the case of a patient who underwent peripheral vascular surgery on a limb under a subarachnoid block and who developed IONV refractory to conventional pharmacological therapy...
December 2016: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28010835/treatment-of-an-adult-patient-with-atopic-dermatitis-using-traditional-korean-medicine-especially-sa-am-acupuncture
#15
Yong-Cheol Jeon, Hyun-Bae Lee
Atopic dermatitis is known not to respond well to many clinical treatments. In this report, we present the case of an adult woman with atopic dermatitis who was effectively treated by using traditional Korean medicine (TKM). The patient was diagnosed with psoriasis based on lung dryness and heat and heart fire. The patient underwent acupuncture treatment based on the theory of Sa-Am acupuncture. Two meridians, the hand tai-yin meridian and the foot tai-yang meridian, were used to control lung dryness, lung heat, and heart fire...
December 2016: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28010834/acupuncture-treatment-of-a-metatarsus-proximal-end-fracture-a-case-report
#16
Yılmaz Sezgin, Sinan Becel, Fatih Akçay
A tuberosity fracture is an avulsion fracture in an area 1.5 cm proximal to the fifth metatarsus. Six to eight weeks of immobilization may be required. A patient with a short leg plaster splint came to our clinic because of pain. The patient had a diagnosis of a fifth metatarsus fracture. Significant edema, fluctuation on the dorsolateral section of the left foot, and red color changes (0.2- to 0.3-cm diameter) on the skin of the anterolateral tibial area of the affected leg were noted. The locations of these skin changes corresponded to the GB34 (Yanglingguan) and the ST37 (Shanqiuxu) acupoints...
December 2016: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28010833/effects-of-distilled-cervi-pantotrichum-cornu-and-rehmannia-glutinosa-pharmacopuncture-at-gb21-jianjing-on-heart-rate-variability-a-randomized-and-double-blind-clinical-trial
#17
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Young-Joo Kim, Chang-Hyun Lee, Jong-Uk Kim, Tae-Han Yook
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to use heart rate variability (HRV) to investigate the effects of distilled Cervi Pantotrichum Cornu pharmacopuncture and Rehmannia glutinosa pharmacopuncture on the autonomic nervous system. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty healthy male participants were divided into two groups: the participants of the C-group received distilled Cervi Pantotrichum Cornu pharmacopuncture and those of the R-group received Rehmannia glutinosa pharmacopuncture...
December 2016: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28010832/effect-of-needling-at-cv-12-zhongwan-on-blood-glucose-levels-in-healthy-volunteers-a-pilot-randomized-placebo-controlled-trial
#18
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Sriloy Mohanty, A Mooventhan, Nandi Krishnamurthy Manjunath
INTRODUCTION: Acupuncture, a key part of traditional Chinese medicine, is used to relieve symptoms of diabetes mellitus. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of needling CV-12 (Zhongwan) on blood glucose levels in healthy volunteers. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-six individuals were recruited and randomized into either the acupuncture group or the 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 nonexisting "sham" point on the right side of the abdomen (1 cun beside the CV-12)-a nonacupuncture point...
December 2016: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28010831/technical-challenges-in-current-primo-vascular-system-research-and-potential-solutions
#19
REVIEW
Kyung A Kang, Claudio Maldonado, Vitaly Vodyanoy
Since Bonghan Kim's discovery of the Bonghan system (BHS) in the 1960s, numerous reports have suggested that the system is fundamental for maintaining mammalian life. The BHS is a circulatory system independent of the blood or the lymphatic system, forms an extensive network throughout the entire mammalian body, has been reported to be the acupuncture meridian, stores distinct types of stem cells, and appears to have some roles in cancer metastasis. Despite Kim's first report having been published as early as 1962, research progress has been rather slow mainly because the system is very small and translucent, making it optically difficult to distinguish it from the hemoglobin-rich surrounding tissues...
December 2016: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28010830/anatomical-features-of-the-interscapular-area-where-wet-cupping-therapy-is-done-and-its-possible-relation-to-acupuncture-meridians
#20
REVIEW
Roshanak Ghods, Nasrin Sayfouri, Mohammad Hossein Ayati
Although wet cupping has been a treatment for centuries, its mechanism of action is not well understood. Because the anatomical features of the wet-cupping area might play a role in its mechanism, we focus on the features of the interscapular area in which a common type of wet-cupping therapy (WCT), called Hijamat-e-Aam in Iranian medicine, is usually applied and discuss the possible relation of those features to the acupuncture meridians. We gathered and analyzed data from reliable textbooks on modern medicine with a focus on the anatomical features of the interscapular area, topics related to WTC in Iranian medicine, and acupuncture sources obtained by searching PubMed, Google-Scholar, and Science Direct...
December 2016: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
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