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Yan Wang, Qiang Tang, Luwen Zhu, Ruyi Huang, Lei Huang, Melanie Koleini, Dequan Zou
The peripheral nervous system may play an important role in normal bone maintenance and remodeling. Substance P (SP) is a neuropeptide associated with bone loss and formation that may mediate the effects of the nervous system. The purpose of this study is to determine if treadmill running combined with electro-acupuncture at Jiaji acupoints (Jiaji-EA) affects tibial bone mass and SP expression in rabbits with sciatic nerve injury. Twenty-four juvenile male New Zealand white rabbits were randomly assigned to one of 4 groups: sham injury control (sham), sciatic never crush control (SNCr), treadmill running (treadmill), and Jiaji-EA combined with treadmill running (ET group)...
2016: PloS One
Sheila N Garland, Sharon X Xie, Qing Li, Christina Seluzicki, Coby Basal, Jun J Mao
OBJECTIVE: Sleep disturbance is a major consequence of hot flashes among breast cancer survivors. This study evaluated the effects of electro-acupuncture (EA) versus gabapentin (GP) for sleep disturbances among breast cancer survivors experiencing daily hot flashes. METHODS: We analyzed data from a randomized controlled trial involving 58 breast cancer survivors experiencing bothersome hot flashes at least two times per day. Participants were randomly assigned to receive 8 weeks of EA or daily GP (total dose of 900 mg/d)...
November 21, 2016: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
Chunhui Bao, Peng Liu, Huirong Liu, Xiaoming Jin, Vince D Calhoun, Luyi Wu, Yin Shi, Jianye Zhang, Xiaoqing Zeng, Lili Ma, Wei Qin, Jingzhi Zhang, Xiaoming Liu, Jie Tian, Huangan Wu
This study aimed to investigate changes in resting state brain activity in remissive Crohn's Disease (CD) patients after electro-acupuncture or moxibustion treatment. Fifty-two CD patients and 36 healthy subjects were enrolled, and 36 patients were equally and randomly assigned to receive either electro-acupuncture or moxibustion treatment for twelve weeks. We used resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging to assess Regional Homogeneity (ReHo) levels, and Crohn's Disease Activity Index (CDAI) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease Questionnaire (IBDQ) scores to evaluate disease severity and quality of life...
November 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
Lili Gao, Bo Chen, Qiwen Zhang, Tianyi Zhao, Bo Li, Tao Sha, Jinxin Zou, Yongming Guo, Xingfang Pan, Yi Guo
BACKGROUND: Acupuncture is beneficial for controlling chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV). However, the effect of different acupoint combinations on controlling CINV remains unknown. This study aims to compare the effects of distal-proximal point association and local distribution point association on controlling CINV. METHODS/DESIGN: The study is a single-center, randomized controlled trial. A total of 240 participants will be randomly divided into four groups...
November 8, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Zongshi Qin, Jiani Wu, Jinhui Tian, Jing Zhou, Yali Liu, Zhishun Liu
Alpha-blockers and antibiotics are most commonly used to treat chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) in clinical practice. Currently, increasing evidence also suggests acupuncture as an effective strategy. This network meta-analysis intended to assess the comparative efficacy and safety of acupuncture, alpha-blockers and antibiotics for CP/CPPS. Twelve trials involving 1203 participants were included. Based on decreases in the National Institutes of Health Chronic Prostatitis Symptom Index (NIH-CPSI) score, a network meta-analysis indicated that electro-acupuncture (standard mean difference [SMD]: 4...
October 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
Chestin Jones, Bridget Bennett, Itala M Wickremasinghe
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September 2016: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Yuhai Zhang, Rami Al-Aref, Haixia Fu, Yunxue Yang, Yugong Feng, Chao Zhao, Jun Dong, Guoqing Sun
AIM: To identify whether neuronavigation-assisted aspiration (NA) combined with electro-acupuncture (EA) provides better motor recovery in events of Hypertensive Putaminal Hematoma (HPH) sized 30 to 50 ml. This study aims to examine whether NA and EA have additional value to cerebral hemorrhage motor rehabilitation. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 240 patients with HPH sized 30 to 50 ml were admitted within 6 to 10 hours after stroke ictus were included in this study. All the cases were divided into 4 groups and each group contains 60 cases equally...
January 25, 2016: Turkish Neurosurgery
Demao Deng, Gaoxiong Duan, Hai Liao, Yanfei Liu, Geliang Wang, Huimei Liu, Lijun Tang, Yong Pang, Jien Tao, Xin He, Wenzhao Yuan, Peng Liu
INTRODUCTION: According to the Traditional Chinese Medicine theory of acupuncture, Baihui (GV20) is applied to treat neurological and psychiatric disorders. However, the relationships between neural responses and GV20 remain unknown. Thus, the main aim of this study was to examine the brain responses induced by electro-acupuncture stimulation (EAS) at GV20. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) was performed in 33 healthy subjects. Based on the non-repeated event-related (NRER) paradigm, group differences were examined between GV20 and a sham acupoint using the regional homogeneity (ReHo) method...
October 2016: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
Kun Hyung Kim, Myeong Soo Lee, Tae-Hun Kim, Jung Won Kang, Tae-Young Choi, Jae Dong Lee
BACKGROUND: People living with chronic kidney disease (CKD) experience a range of symptoms and often have complex comorbidities. Many pharmacological interventions for people with CKD have known risks of adverse events. Acupuncture is widely used for symptom management in patients with chronic diseases and in other palliative care settings. However, the safety and efficacy of acupuncture for people with CKD remains largely unknown. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to evaluate the benefits and harms of acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, acupressure, moxibustion and other acupuncture-related interventions (alone or combined with other acupuncture-related interventions) for symptoms of CKD...
2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Dong Mei Duan, Xianzhe Dong, Ya Tu, Ping Liu
In the present study, we investigated the changes of microRNA (miRNA) expression upon depression and electro-acupuncture (EA) intervention in chronic unpredictable mild stress (CUMS) rats using microarray analysis. Results showed that EA intervention remarkably improved behavioral indexes in terms of crossing number, rearing number, sucrose preference and body weight of CUMS rats. Microarray analysis revealed that a total of 153 differentially expressed miRNAs were regulated by CUMS, and the expression of 180 differentially expressed miRNAs was changed after EA intervention...
August 3, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
Fei Long, Xue-zhi Li, Biao Gong, Ying Wang, En-ze Dai, Quan-hu Guo
OBJECTIVE: To determine the expression of Slit2 and heparan sulfate proteoglycans (HSPGs) in cortex of rats with focal cerebral infarction and the effect of acupuncture (EA) on the expression of Slit2 and HSPGs. METHODS: 40 male Sprague Dawley (SD) rats were equally randomized into four groups: Control group, model group, non-acupoint EA group, and EA group. Thread-tying method was used in the model group, non-acupoint EA group and EA group to clog arteries and then open up after 1...
March 2016: Sichuan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Sichuan University. Medical Science Edition
Demao Deng, Hai Liao, Gaoxiong Duan, Yanfei Liu, Qianchao He, Huimei Liu, Lijun Tang, Yong Pang, Jien Tao
BACKGROUND: Previous neuroimaging studies have revealed that acupuncture modulates the default mode network (DMN) in healthy subjects and patients with certain disorder. However, few studies have been performed to investigate whether or not acupuncture might modulate the DMN in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD). Thereby, the aim of the present study was to assess alterations of the DMN induced by acupuncture stimulation in patients with first-episode, drug-naïve MDD. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty nine patients with first-episode, drug-naïve MDD and 29 healthy subjects were enrolled in this study...
2016: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
Hui-jie Yu, Xiao-qin Xu, Song-ao Xu, Xu Jun, Wei-zhong Cao
OBJECTIVE: To observe analgesic and sedative effect of acupuncture combined with medicine (ACM) on patients undergiong cardiac surgery. METHODS: A total of 50 patients with cardiac surgery from January 2012 to October 2014 were randomly assigned to the conventional analgesia group (group A) and the ACM analgesia group (group B), 25 in each group. Patients in group A were subjected to analgesia and sedation by injecting dexmedetomidine, while patients in group B were subjected to analgesia and sedation by electro-acupuncture [EA, Shenting (GV24); Yintang (EX-HN3)] combined with injection of dexmedetomidine...
March 2016: Chinese Journal of Integrated Traditional and Western Medicine
Hongping Liu, Yuhua Zhang, Debo Qi, Weimin Li
The involvement of spinal NR2B, a N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor subunit, in the therapeutic effect of electro-acupuncture (EA) on chronic visceral hyperalgesia was investigated. Chronic visceral hyperalgesia was induced using an irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) model in rats. Graded colorectal distention (CRD) stimuli at strengths of 20, 40, 60 and 80 mmHg were applied, and behavioral tests were performed to measure the abdominal withdrawal reflex (AWR) in response to the CRD stimuli and assess the severity of the visceral hyperalgesia...
January 2017: Journal of Physiological Sciences: JPS
Lu Chen, Yan Liu, Qiao-Mei Lin, Lan Xue, Wei Wang, Jian-Wen Xu
NeuroD plays a key regulatory effect on differentiation of neural stem cells into mature neurons in the brain. Thus, we assumed that electroacupuncture at Baihui (DU20) acupoint in newborn rats exposed to in utero fetal distress would influence expression of NeuroD. Electroacupuncture at Baihui was performed for 20 minutes on 3-day-old (Day 3) newborn Sprague-Dawley rats exposed to in utero fetal distress; electroacupuncture parameters consisted of sparse and dense waves at a frequency of 2-10 Hz. Real-time fluorescent quantitative PCR results demonstrated that mRNA expression of NeuroD, a molecule that indicates NeuroD, increased with prolonged time in brains of newborn rats, and peaked on Day 22...
April 2016: Neural Regeneration Research
A Firouzjaei, G-C Li, N Wang, W-X Liu, B-M Zhu
OBJECTIVE: Obesity induces insulin resistance (IR), the key etiologic defect of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Therefore, an incidence of obesity-induced diabetes is expected to decrease if obesity is controlled. Although Metformin is currently one of the main treatment options for T2DM in obese patients, resulting in an average of 5% weight loss, adequate weight control in all patients cannot be achieved with Metformin alone. Thus, additional therapies with a weight loss effect, such as acupuncture, may improve the effectiveness of Metformin...
May 2, 2016: Nutrition & Diabetes
Caroline A Smith, Mike Armour, Xiaoshu Zhu, Xun Li, Zhi Yong Lu, Jing Song
BACKGROUND: Primary dysmenorrhoea is the most common form of period pain and affects up to three-quarters of women at some stage of their reproductive life. Primary dysmenorrhoea is pain in the absence of any organic cause and is characterised by cramping pain in the lower abdomen, starting within the first eight to 72 hours of menstruation.This review examines the currently available evidence supporting the use of acupuncture (stimulation of points on the body using needles) and acupressure (stimulation of points on the body using pressure) to treat primary dysmenorrhoea...
2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Lizhen Liu, Qin Yu, Kaimin Hu, Binsheng Wang, Yiran Zhang, Yulin Xu, Shan Fu, Xiaohong Yu, He Huang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Mobilization of endogenous stem cells is an appealing strategy for cell therapy However, there is little evidence for reproducible, effective methods of mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) mobilization. In the present study, we investigated the mobilizing effect of electro-acupuncture (EA) on endogenous MSCs. METHODS: Normal adult rats were randomly divided into six groups, namely, EA for 14 days (EA14d), sham EA14d, EA21d, sham EA21d and matched control groups...
2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Guilherme Medeiros de Alvarenga, Humberto Remigio Gamba, Lilian Elisa Hellman, Vanusa Ganzert Ferrari, Rafael Michel de Macedo
BACKGROUND: The progressive and chronic course of COPD, characterized by difficulty in breathing, can be aggravated by periods of increased symptoms (exacerbation). The treatment often involves in-hospital care and among the interventions applied in COPD patients, physical therapy prompts good results. However the most used techniques are not properly pinpointed and there is no consensus in the literature regarding its effectiveness. METHODS: A systematic review was performed to identify which physical therapy treatment was applied in these cases...
2016: Open Respiratory Medicine Journal
Heather Greenlee, Katherine D Crew, Jillian Capodice, Danielle Awad, Donna Buono, Zaixing Shi, Anne Jeffres, Sharon Wyse, Wendy Whitman, Meghna S Trivedi, Kevin Kalinsky, Dawn L Hershman
To investigate the effect of electro-acupuncture (EA) as a non-pharmacological intervention to prevent or reduce chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) in breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy of taxane. Women with stage I-III breast cancer scheduled to receive taxane therapy were randomized to receive a standardized protocol of 12 true or sham EA (SEA) weekly treatments concurrent with taxane treatment. Subjects completed the Brief Pain Inventory-Short Form (BPI-SF), Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Taxane neurotoxicity subscale (FACT-NTX), and other assessments at baseline and weeks 6, 12, and 16...
April 2016: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
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