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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650601/multiple-sclerosis-in-an-acupuncture-practice
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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a severe autoimmune demyelinating disease that affects nervous system, has high morbidity and mortality and no effective targeted therapies are available. We present a case of 66-year-old female patient who has been treated by both conventional and Chinese traditional medicine after diagnosis was confirmed in 2008 as MS and antiphospholipid syndrome associated with CNS vasculitis. After diagnosis with clinical image confirmed with CT and MRI scan, where demyelinating zones were present, she started pharmacological therapy without major improvement...
May 26, 2017: Neuro Endocrinology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647729/analgesic-effects-of-diluted-bee-venom-acupuncture-mediated-by-%C3%AE-opioid-and-%C3%AE-2-adrenergic-receptors-in-osteoarthritic-rats
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Jeong-Eun Huh, Byung-Kwan Seo, Jung-Woo Lee, Yeon-Cheol Park, Yong-Hyeon Baek
Context • Pain from osteoarthritis is associated with peripheral nociception and central pain processing. Given the unmet need for innovative, effective, and well-tolerated therapies, many patients, after looking for more satisfactory alternatives, decide to use complementary and alternative modalities. The analgesic mechanism of subcutaneous injections of diluted bee venom into an acupoint is thought to be part of an anti-inflammatory effect and the central modulation of pain processing. Objectives • Using the rat model of collagenase-induced osteoarthritis (CIOA), the study intended to investigate the analgesic effects of bee venom acupuncture (BVA) as they are related to the acupuncture points and dosage used and to determine whether the analgesic mechanisms of BVA for pain were mediated by opioid or adrenergic receptors...
June 23, 2017: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643968/-complementary-medicine-for-low-back-pain-what-is-the-scientific-evidence
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Éléonore Aveni, Chantal Berna, Pierre-Yves Rodondi
Complementary medicines are frequently used by chronic pain patients. It is a challenge for the primary care physician to provide objective information based on the scientific literature. Meta-analyses have shown favourable effects of acupuncture, therapeutic massage and osteopathy for patients with acute low back pain. Concerning chronic low back pain, meta-analyses have shown positive results with acupuncture, osteopathy, yoga and tai-chi. Other therapies have shown positive effects, but further trials are necessary to fully validate them...
June 21, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638026/-analysis-of-the-efficacy-of-reflexology-in-the-complex-treatment-of-chronic-migraine
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M I Safonov, M V Naprienko
AIM: To evaluate the effect of different reflexology techniques on main clinical indices of patients with chronic migraine, the number of analgesics used and dynamics of chronic migraine comorbid disorders. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study included 84 patients (60 women (71.5%) and 24 men (28.5%)), aged from 18 to 63 years, with a diagnosis of chronic migraine. Patients were randomized in 4 groups - Su Jok (n=22), acupuncture (n=22), electroacupuncture (n=20), control (n=20)...
2017: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637073/-complementary-and-alternative-medicine-in-oncology-what%C3%A2-makes-sense
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Axel Eustachi, Dieter Melchart
The basis of any complementary therapy should be the recommendation of a healthy lifestyle (diet, nutrition, exercise, stress-reduction), and appropriate self-help techniques (e. g. thermotherapy, herbal OTC-products) aimed at releasing the patients' most debilitating symptoms. For therapy-resistant or strong symptoms, more invasive interventions or medical treatments with an acceptable evidence base can be used (e. g. acupuncture for cancer pain, herbal prescriptions). The effects of any complementary intervention should be controlled for a period of six weeks after its administration...
June 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632194/a-mind-body-approach-to-pediatric-pain-management
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REVIEW
Melanie L Brown, Enrique Rojas, Suzanne Gouda
Pain is a significant public health problem that affects all populations and has significant financial, physical and psychological impact. Opioid medications, once the mainstay of pain therapy across the spectrum, can be associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Centers for Disease and Control (CDC) guidelines recommend that non-opioid pain medications are preferred for chronic pain outside of certain indications (cancer, palliative and end of life care). Mindfulness, hypnosis, acupuncture and yoga are four examples of mind-body techniques that are often used in the adult population for pain and symptom management...
June 20, 2017: Children
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626096/-analgesic-effect-of-buccal-acupuncture-on-acute-arthritis-in-rabbits-and-underlying-mechanisms
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Wangjun Jie, Xiaoli Fang, Ruisheng Pu, Chenghong Su, Yanju Zhang, Yongle Pu, Chenguang Yang
To observe the analgesic effect of acupuncture and to explore its central analgesic mechanism in rheumatoid arthritis rabbits.
 Methods: A total of 60 flap-eared white rabbits were randomly assigned into a normal control group (n=6), a model group (n=6), a body-acupuncture group (n=24), and a buccal acupuncture group (n=24). The later 2 groups were further randomly assigned into 0, 0.5, 1, and 2 h subgroups, with 6 cases in each group. The rheumatoid arthritis model was established by induction of egg-albumin...
May 28, 2017: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619769/detection-of-peripheral-and-central-sensitisation-at-acupoints-in-patients-with-unilateral-shoulder-pain-in-beijing-a-cross-sectional-matched-case-control-study
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Chao-Qun Yan, Shuai Zhang, Qian-Qian Li, Li-Wen Zhang, Xue-Rui Wang, Qing-Nan Fu, Guang-Xia Shi, Cun-Zhi Liu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the pattern of experimental pain responses at acupoints in patients with unilateral shoulder pain. DESIGN: A cross-sectional matched study. SETTING: Acupuncture and Moxibustion Department, Beijing Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine Affiliated to Capital Medical University. PARTICIPANTS: Volunteer samples of 60 participants (30 patients with unilateral shoulder pain, 30 healthy controls)...
June 15, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611421/presence-of-caffeine-reversibly-interferes-with-efficacy-of-acupuncture-induced-analgesia
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Takumi Fujita, Changyong Feng, Takahiro Takano
Acupuncture is an alternative treatment for wide spectrum chronic pain. However, its validity remains controversial due to the disputed efficacy assessed in various clinical studies. Moreover, variability amongst individuals complicates the predictability of outcome, which impedes the integration of acupuncture into mainstream pain management programs. In light of our previous finding that the analgesic effect of acupuncture is mediated by adenosine A1 receptor activation at the acupuncture point, we here report that in acute and chronic animal pain models, oral intake of caffeine, a potent adenosine receptor antagonist, interferes with acupuncture analgesia, even at a low dose...
June 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608601/brain-structural-properties-predict-psychologically-mediated-hypoalgesia-in-an-8-week-sham-acupuncture-treatment-for-migraine
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Jixin Liu, Junya Mu, Qianqian Liu, Wanghuan Dun, Ming Zhang, Jie Tian
Neuroimaging studies described brain structural changes that comprise the mechanisms underlying individual differences in migraine development and maintenance. However, whether such interindividual variability in migraine was observed in a pretreatment scan is a predisposition for subsequent hypoalgesia to placebo treatment that remains largely unclear. Using T1-weighted imaging, we investigated this issue in 50 healthy controls (HC) and 196 patients with migraine without aura (MO). An 8-week double-blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled acupuncture was used, and we only focused on the data from the sham acupuncture group...
June 13, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600329/effect-of-electroacupuncture-on-thermal-pain-threshold-and-expression-of-calcitonin-gene-related-peptide-substance-p-and-%C3%AE-aminobutyric-acid-in-the-cervical-dorsal-root-ganglion-of-rats-with-incisional-neck-pain
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Li-Na Qiao, Jun-Ling Liu, Lian-Hong Tan, Hai-Long Yang, Xu Zhai, Yong-Sheng Yang
OBJECTIVE: Acupuncture therapy effectively reduces post-surgical pain, but its mechanism of action remains unclear. The aim of this study was to investigate whether expression of γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and the neuropeptides substance P (SP) and calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) in the primary sensory neurons of cervical dorsal root ganglia (DRG) are involved in electroacupuncture (EA)-induced analgesia in a rat model of incisional neck pain. METHODS: The pain model was established by making a longitudinal midline neck incision in 60 rats...
June 9, 2017: Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598785/pain-modulation-in-patients-with-fibromyalgia-undergoing-acupuncture-treatment-is-associated-with-fluctuations-in-serum-neuropeptide-y-levels
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Cristina Iannuccelli, Maria Paola Guzzo, Fabiola Atzeni, Franca Mannocci, Cristiano Alessandri, Maria Chiara Gerardi, Guido Valesini, Manuela Di Franco
OBJECTIVES: Neuropeptide Y (NPY) is a neurotransmitter released by sympathetic neurons, which is probably involved in pain modulation. Acupuncture is increasingly used as an alternative or complementary means of controlling pain in rheumatic diseases such as fibromyalgia (FM), a chronic widespread pain syndrome accompanied by allodynia and hyperalgesia. The aim of the present study was to assess the effects of an acupuncture cycle on serum NPY levels in patients with FM, and identify possible correlations between its serum levels and clinical and clinimetric parameters...
May 31, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595441/healing-spirituality-and-integrative-medicine
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David M Steinhorn, Jana Din, Angela Johnson
Spirituality plays a prominent role in the lives of most palliative patients whether or not they formally adhere to a specific religion and belief. As a result, the palliative care team is frequently called upon to support families who are experiencing their "dark night of the soul" and struggling to make sense of their lives during a healthcare crisis. While conventional religious practices provide a source of comfort and guidance for many of our patients, a significant number of our patients do not have a strong religious community to which to turn...
May 22, 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595273/acupuncture-therapy-in-a-group-setting-for-chronic-pain
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Benjamin Kligler, Arya Nielsen, Corinne Kohrrer, Tracy Schmid, Eve Waltermaurer, Elidania Perez, Woodson Merrell
Objective.:  This project was designed to test the feasibility and effectiveness of acupuncture therapy given in a group setting for chronic pain. Design.:  Nonrandomized, repeated measures quasi-experimental trial. Setting.:  Care was delivered in a primary care clinic waiting area after clinic hours. Subjects.:  Included were primary care patients (≥18 years old) with chronic pain of the neck, back, shoulder, or osteoarthritis of any site of at least three months' duration...
June 8, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590765/ultrasonographic-evaluation-of-acupuncture-effect-on-common-extensor-tendon-thickness-in-patients-with-lateral-epicondylitis-a-randomized-controlled-study
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Fatma Gülçin Ural, Gökhan Tuna Öztürk, Hüma Bölük, Selami Akkuş
OBJECTIVE: To explore the effect of acupuncture on common extensor tendon (CET) thickness in patients with lateral epicondylitis (LE). Additionally, to identify whether clinical and ultrasonographic changes showed any correlation. METHODS: Forty-one patients were randomly assigned to acupuncture and control groups. Conventional treatment (rest, NSAİİ, bracing, exercise) methods for LE were applied to all patients. In addition to this, the acupuncture treatment was applied to the acupuncture group...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585105/physical-complementary-and-alternative-medicine-in-the-treatment-of-pelvic-floor-disorders
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REVIEW
Alex Arnouk, Elise De, Alexandra Rehfuss, Carin Cappadocia, Samantha Dickson, Fei Lian
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of the study was to catalog the most recent available literature regarding the use of conservative measures in treatment of pelvic floor disorders. RECENT FINDINGS: Pelvic floor disorders encompass abnormalities of urination, defecation, sexual function, pelvic organ prolapse, and chronic pain, and can have significant quality of life implications for patients. Current guidelines recommend behavioral modifications and conservative treatments as first-line therapy for pelvic floor disorders...
June 2017: Current Urology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583145/influences-of-de-qi-induced-by-acupuncture-on-immediate-and-accumulated-analgesic-effects-in-patients-with-knee-osteoarthritis-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Min Li, Hongwen Yuan, Pei Wang, Siyuan Xin, Jie Hao, Miaomiao Liu, Jinfeng Li, Man Yu, Xinrui Zhang
BACKGROUND: De Qi is a special sensational response upon acupuncture needling. According to traditional acupuncture theory, the treatment is "effective only after Qi arrival"; that is, De Qi is an important indicator of therapeutic efficacy and good prognosis. However, it is still disputable whether De Qi improves the efficacy of acupuncture therapy. This prospective, randomized controlled trial aims to explore the influence of De Qi induced by acupuncture on immediate and accumulated analgesic effects in patients with knee osteoarthritis (KOA)...
June 5, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570280/battlefield-acupuncture-an-emerging-method-for-easing-pain
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Charles E Levy, Nicholas Casler, David B FitzGerald
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 31, 2017: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569130/meta-analysis-of-electroacupuncture-in-cardiac-anesthesia-and-intensive-care
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Sven Asmussen, Rene Przkora, Dirk M Maybauer, John F Fraser, Filippo Sanfilippo, Kristofer Jennings, Michael Adamzik, Marc O Maybauer
BACKGROUND: Acupuncture treatment has been employed in China for over 2500 years and it is used worldwide as analgesia in acute and chronic pain. Acupuncture is also used in general anesthesia (GA). The aim of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to assess the efficacy of electroacupuncture (EA) in addition to GA in patients undergoing cardiac surgery. METHODS: We searched 3 databases (Pubmed, Cochrane Library, and Web of Science-from 1965 until January 31, 2017) for randomized controlled trials (RCTs) including patients undergoing cardiac surgery and receiving GA alone or GA + EA...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559756/multimodal-care-in-the-management-of-a-patient-with-chronic-tendinopathy-of-the-biceps-femoris-a-case-report
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Brett R Martin
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this case report was to describe the use of dry needling in conjunction with auricular acupuncture, core exercises, and light aerobic activity for treating chronic tendinopathy of the biceps femoris. CLINICAL FEATURES: A 30-year-old white female presented with chronic biceps femoris tendinopathy. The injury had occurred 18 months prior while training for a triathlon. Active stretching of her right biceps femoris while standing with her feet 6 inches apart aggravated the pain at the origin in the right tendon of the biceps femoris at 0 degrees of movement...
June 2017: Journal of Chiropractic Medicine
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