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Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies

Yutan Liu, Fei Xiao, Xibin Liang
Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) is a genetic muscle disorder in which muscles of the face, shoulder blades and upper arms develop gradual and progressive weakness. There is no effective pharmacological treatment currently available for this disorder so far. We had an opportunity to treat a patient with FSHD using acupuncture. The patient was a 62-year-old female, who presented to us with symptoms as weakness in her eyes, mouth, shoulder, the upper and lower limbs. Muscle atrophy could be found in multiple area in her body including her face, shoulder, arm, chest and lower limbs, etc...
November 30, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Debra R Godson, Jonathan L Wardle
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Jun-Young Shin, Sang-Heon Choi, Da-Woon Choi, Ye-Jin An, Jae-Hyuk Seo, Jong-Gu Choi, Min-Suk Rho, Sang-Suk Lee
For the connectome of primo vascular system some long-type primo vessels dyed with Alcian blue injected into inguinal nodes, abdominal node, and axially nodes were visualized, which passed over around the vena cava of rabbit. The Alcian blue dye revealed primo vessels and colored blue in the rabbit lymph vessels. The length of a long-type primo vessels was an 18 cm average, of which diameters were about 20∼30 μm, and the lymph vessels were 100∼150 μm diameters. Three different tissues of pure primo vessel, mixed primo+lymph vessel, and only lymph vessel were followed to RNA-Seq analysis by NGS...
October 27, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
T Tegiacchi
INTRODUCTION: Acupuncture had a different approaches since its beginnings. Using traditional energetic points with an interaction of 5 elements and meridian theories with manual diagnosis of tender points has been proposed. This procedure can be an effective treatment in musculoskeletal disease but its development is short. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the efficacy of energetic points of tendinomuscular meridian in the treatment of pain, quality of life and function of the knee...
October 18, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Justin Shmalberg, Huisheng Xie, Mushtaq A Memon
Equine acupuncture and herbal medicine are increasingly popular and have been anecdotally used in the treatment of a number of conditions. There is, however, a lack of data on the most commonly treated conditions in horses. The medical records of 164 horses presented exclusively for acupuncture and herbal therapy over a three-year period from October 2012 to October 2015 were evaluated from a mixed animal integrative medicine service at a veterinary academic teaching hospital. Horses were presented primarily for musculoskeletal conditions (62...
September 26, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Libing Zhu, Yunjin Kim, Zongbao Yang
Auriculotherapy has been extensively used for chronic spontaneous urticaria in China. However, the evidence of its effectiveness and safety for the treatment of chronic spontaneous urticaria is insufficient. Hence, we conducted this study to compare auriculotherapy or auriculotherapy joint treatment with western medicine for the cure of chronic spontaneous urticaria. This meta-analysis of seven RCTs showed that auriculotherapy or auriculotherapy joint treatment was significantly superior to western medicine in curing clinical signs and symptoms of chronic spontaneous urticaria (OR 2...
September 6, 2018: 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 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 using the acupuncture meridians or the primo vascular system. 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...
August 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Rebeca Graça Costa-Cavalcanti, Danúbia da Cunha de Sá-Caputo, Eloá Moreira-Marconi, Cristiane Ribeiro Küter, Samuel Brandão-Sobrinho-Neto, Laisa Liane Paineiras-Domingos, Marcia Cristina Moura-Fernandes, João Marcelo Castelpoggi da Costa, José Maurício de Moraes Carmo, José Firmino Nogueira-Neto, Shyang Chang, Mario Bernardo-Filho
Knee osteoarthritis (KOA) is one of the most frequent noncommunicable diseases with pain associated symptoms and affects the musculoskeletal system. Various forms of treatment can be indicated, and nonpharmacological 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...
August 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
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...
August 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Rogéria Gonçalves de Carvalho Fonseca, Andréia 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 people divided into two groups: kinesiotherapy group (n = 11) and kinesiotherapy/auriculotherapy group (n = 11). The instruments used for evaluation were Falls Efficacy Scale International; Berg Balance Scale, and Timed up and Go Test...
August 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Tamsin L Lee, Benjamin L Marx
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, noninvasive 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 multimodality approach including massage, gua sha, bleeding, acupuncture, and moxibustion to treat acute plantar heel pain...
August 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Geetha B Shetty, Balakrishna Shetty, A Mooventhan
INTRODUCTION: Dysmenorrhea 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 dysmenorrhea. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sixty females aged 17-23 years were randomly assigned to either a study group or a control group. The study group received acupuncture for the duration of 20 minutes/day, for 15 days/month, for the period of 90 days. The control group did not receive acupuncture for the same period...
August 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Visweswaran Ramasamy
This case report describes acupuncture treatment to manage paraneoplastic night sweating secondary to pancreatic cancer. A 56-year-old gentleman with a 2-month history of night sweating responded well over a 10-week course of acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture was selected for symptom management after no success was achieved with pharmacological and conventional managements. The severity of night sweating had reduced from 9/10 to 1/10 on visual analog scale at the end of treatment. This case report suggests that acupuncture has a favorable effect on paraneoplastic night sweating in patients with advanced pancreatic cancer and recommends further research...
August 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
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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
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