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Yu-Chiang Hung, I-Ling Hung, Wen-Long Hu, Ying-Jung Tseng, Chun-En Kuo, Yen-Nung Liao, Bei-Yu Wu, Ching-Chang Tsai, Pei-Yuan Tsai, Hsin-Ping Chen, Meng-Hsuan Huang, Fang-Yen Su
BACKGROUND: Gestational weight gain and weight retention at 1 year after delivery are associated with long-term obesity. We aimed to investigate the effect of laser acupuncture therapy on postpartum weight control. METHODS: We randomly assigned 66 subjects with postpartum weight retention to a laser acupuncture group and control group. The subjects were treated at acupoints including the stomach and hunger points of the ear, ST25, ST28, ST40, SP15, CV9, and SP6 by using verum or sham laser acupuncture over 5 sessions per week...
August 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Nam Hyun Cha, Sohyune R Sok
PURPOSE: To examine the effect of auricular acupressure therapy on primary dysmenorrhea among female high school students in South Korea. DESIGN: A randomized controlled trial was employed. METHODS: The study sample consisted of 91 female high school students, with 45 participants in the experimental group and 46 in the control group in two regions of South Korea. The average age of the participants was 16.7 years, and the average age of menarche was 12...
September 2016: Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Songbai Yang, Zhigang Mei, Lingjing Tan, Wenhan Ma, Dingqi Zhang, Zhaojun Wang, Tiantian Li, Kunyan Huang, Sanjin Cai
OBJECTIVE: To explore the effects of electrical stimulation at acupoints in the distribution area of auricular vagus nerve combined with sound masking on auditory brainstem response (ABR) and contents of neurotransmitters of γ-aminobutyric acid (γ-GABA), 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) and acetyl choline (Ach) in inferior colliculus of tinnitus rats. METHODS: Twenty-four male adult SD rats were randomized into a control group, a model group, a 7-d treatment group and a 15-d treatment group...
May 2016: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Jong Soo Lee, Sang Ho Hwang, Byung Cheul Shin, Young Min Park
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical effificacy of electrical stimulation (ES) of auricular acupressure on reducing the ocular symptoms and signs before and after treatment for dry eye. METHODS: The inclusion criteria were the tear fifilm break-up time (TFBUT) below 5 s and a Schirmer test-I below 5 mm in dry eyes with ocular symptoms for at least 6 months. Subjects were randomized into a treatment group (50 cases) with continuous low frequency ES under auricular acupressure at acupoints and a no ES under auricular acupressure (no-ES, control group, 50 cases) on the same acupoints...
April 13, 2016: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
Tao Yin, Jinxia Ni, Wenzeng Zhu
OBJECTIVE: To compare the effective differences between deep needling and shallow needling at three acupoints around ear for subjective tinnitus. METHODS: Fifty patients with subjective tinnitus were randomized divided into a deep needling group and a shallow needling group, 25 cases in each group. Twenty-two patients in the deep needling group and 20 patients in the shallow needling group were brought into statistic in the end. In the two groups, the three acupoints around ear and distal acupoints were both selected...
October 2015: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Pei-Jing Rong, Jing-Jun Zhao, Yu-Qing Li, Daniela Litscher, Shao-yuan Li, Ingrid Gaischek, Xu Zhai, Lu Wang, Man Luo, Gerhard Litscher
Treatment by auricular acupuncture has a long history. Ear-acupoint research has been advancing step by step in China and also in Europe. Auricles are rich in nerves, therefore a close relationship with different functions of the human body has been proved by the research teams of the two main authors of this article from China and Austria. In recent years, great progress has been made in the research of regulating human body functions through electroacupuncture at the auricular branch of the vagus nerve, which is part of auricular acupuncture therapy...
December 2015: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
Masoumeh Bagheri-Nesami, Mohammad Ali Heidari Gorji, Somayeh Rezaie, Zahra Pouresmail, Jamshid Yazdani Cherati
The purpose of this three-group double-blind clinical trial study was to investigate the effect of acupressure ( zhǐ yā) with valerian ( xié cǎo) oil 2.5% on the quality and quantity of sleep in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) in a coronary intensive care unit (CCU). This study was conducted on 90 patients with ACS in Mazandaran Heart Center (Sari, Iran) during 2013. The patients were randomly assigned to one of three groups. Patients in the acupressure with valerian oil 2.5% group (i.e., valerian acupressure group) received bilateral acupoint ( xué wèi) massage with two drops of valerian oil for 2 minutes for three nights; including every point this treatment lasted in total 18 minutes...
October 2015: Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine
Shugui Lai, Qiang Wu, Lanfang Chen, Qianru Huang, Xuejun Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To compare the difference of clinical efficacy on sleeping disorder in the children with encephalopathy between the combined therapy of acupuncture at head points and seed-pressure at ear points and the simple acupuncture at head points. METHODS: Thirty cases of sleeping disorder induced by encephalopathy werei randomized into an observation group and a control group, 15 cases in each one. In the observation group, the combined therapy of acupuncture at head points and seed-pressure at ear points was adopted...
July 2015: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Pei-Lu Yi, Chin-Yu Lu, Shuo-Bin Jou, Fang-Chia Chang
BACKGROUND: The positive effects of acupuncture at Feng-Chi acupoints on treating epilepsy and insomnia have been well-documented in ancient Chinese literature. However, there is a lack of scientific evidence to elucidate the underlying mechanisms behind these effects. Our previous study demonstrated that high-frequency (100 Hz) electroacupuncture (EA) at Feng-Chi acupoints deteriorates both pilocarpine-induced focal epilepsy and sleep disruptions. This study investigated the effects of low-frequency (10 Hz) EA on epileptic activities and epilepsy-induced sleep disruptions...
2015: Journal of Biomedical Science
Hong-Fei Shi, Fu Xu, Yan Shi, Chun-Yun Ren, Xiao-Yi Wu, Bing Xu, Jun Li, De-Jian Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To explore the therapeutical effect of ear-acupoint pressing combined with Ear Apex (HX6,7) bloodletting on haemorheology in chloasma patients with Gan (Liver) depression pattern. METHODS: A total of 180 chloasma patients were randomly assigned to three groups, 60 cases in each. Patients in the earacupuncture (EA) group were treated with ear-acupoint pressing combined with Ear Apex (HX6,7) bloodletting; vitamins C and E were put into practice in the Western medicine (WM) group together with 0...
January 2016: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
Charlie Changli Xue, Anthony Lin Zhang, Claire Shuiqing Zhang, Cliff DaCosta, David F Story, Frank C Thien
BACKGROUND: Seasonal allergic rhinitis (SAR) is a common condition with relatively high prevalence in Australia. It causes a significant impact on sufferers' quality of life (QoL). Meta-analysis has shown that the efficacy of acupuncture for SAR is uncertain. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of 12 sessions of acupuncture treatment during 4 weeks for SAR in a randomized, subject- and assessor-blinded, sham-controlled trial conducted during the pollen seasons in 2009 through 2011 in Melbourne...
October 2015: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Xin Zhou, Jingwen Ruan, Ziping Li, Bingfeng Xing
OBJECTIVE: To observe the efficacy differences between acupoint catgut embedding at cervical Jiaji (EX-B 2) points combined with electroacupuncture (EA) at acupoints near ear and simple EA for the treatment of nervous tinnitus. METHODS: Sixty-three patients were randomly divided into an observation group (31 cases) and a control group (32 cases). The observation group was treated with acupoint catgut embedding at C4-C7 Jiaji (EXB 2) points on the affected side combined with EA at acupoints near ears, including Ermen (TE 21)...
January 2015: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Tian-Tian Li, Zhao-Jun Wang, Song-Bai Yang, Jun-Hong Zhu, Shi-Zhong Zhang, San-Jin Cai, Wen-Han Ma, Ding-Qi Zhang, Zhi-Gang Mei
BACKGROUND: Subjective tinnitus is a phantom sensation experienced in the absence of any source of sound. Its mechanism remains unclear, and no approved drugs are available. Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is an exciting new method to treat tinnitus, but direct electrical stimulation of the cervical vagus has disadvantages. This randomized controlled clinical trial aims to overcome these limitations by stimulating the auricular branch of vagus nerve (ABVN) on the outer ear. Since the ABVN is the only peripheral branch of the vagus nerve distributed on the ear's surface, it should be possible to achieve analogous efficacy to VNS by activating the central vagal pathways...
2015: Trials
Chao Hsing Yeh, Lung-Chang Chien, Yi Chien Chiang, Dianxu Ren, Lorna Kwai-Ping Suen
This study aimed (1) to examine the feasibility of an auricular point acupressure (APA) research protocol in terms of recruitment and for the assessment and management of pain and (2) to examine the potential APA analgesic effects for cancer patients. This study was a repeated-measures one-group design. Participants were recruited from the cancer center follow-up clinic affiliated with a large university hospital in the northeastern United States. Participants included 50 patients aged 55-87 years with a diagnosis of cancer...
June 2015: Pain Management Nursing: Official Journal of the American Society of Pain Management Nurses
Yuan-Yu Chan, Wan-Yu Lo, Tsai-Chung Li, Lih-Jong Shen, Szu-Nian Yang, Yi-Hung Chen, Jaung-Geng Lin
Scant scientific evidence supports the efficacy of acupuncture in the treatment of opiate dependence. The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of acupuncture for heroin addicts on methadone maintenance by measuring the daily consumption of methadone, variations in the 36-item Short Form Health Survey-36 (SF-36) and Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) scores, and heroin craving. Sixty heroin addicts were randomly assigned to true acupuncture (electroacupuncture at the Hegu [LI4] and Zusanli [ST36] acupoints, as well as acupuncture at the Ear Shenmen) or sham acupuncture (minimal acupuncture at the Hegu and Zusanli acupoints without electrical stimulation and superficial acupuncture at the Ear Shenmen), twice weekly for 4 weeks...
2014: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
M Romoli, G Allais, G Airola, C Benedetto, O Mana, M Giacobbe, A M Pugliese, G Battistella, E Fornari
In recent years research explored different acupuncture stimulation techniques but interest has focused primarily on somatic acupuncture and on a limited number of acupoints. As regards ear Acupuncture (EA) there is still some criticism about the clinical specificity of auricular points/areas representing organs or structures of the body. The aim of this study was to verify through (Functional magnetic resonance imaging) fMRI the hypothesis of EA point specificity using two auricular points having different topographical locations and clinical significance...
May 2014: Neurological Sciences
Lei Guo, Hong-Ling Jia, Yong-Chen Zhang
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2014: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Shan Wu, Ling-Ling Wang, Hai-Hong Cai, Wen Jiang
OBJECTIVE: To observe effects of mild moxibustion and lovastatin on immunologic function in rabbits with chronic hyperlipidaemia and atherosclerosis (AS) to initially explain regulating rules of mild moxibustion on immunologic function. METHODS: Among thirty-two Japanese male big-ear rabbits, 8 rabbits were randomly selec ted as a blank group, the rest 24 rabbits were fed with method of endothelial injury and high-fat diet to establish AS model. The blank group was raised with normal diet and free water...
February 2014: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Pierre Rabischong, Claudie Terral
Background: Using a modern scientific basis, this article examines clinical findings and experimentally reproducible data that demonstrate reliably the objective reality of the auriculotherapy procedures initiated by Paul Nogier, MD, of Lyon, France. Objective: The aims of this review are to: (1) identify the Chinese acupoints and all relevant related subjects; (2) offer a critical analysis of different auricle cartographies or ear maps; and (3) evaluate evidence for auriculotherapy with respect to the constant progress of our knowledge of nervous-system organization...
April 1, 2014: Medical Acupuncture
Hai-Hong Cai, Ling-Ling Wang, Jin-Feng Jiang, Shan Wu, Wen Jiang
OBJECTIVE: To explore effects and action mechanism of warm moxibustion on regulation of blood lipids and anti-atherosclerosis. METHODS: Forty-one male Japanese big-ear white rabbits were randomly divided into a blank group (10 rabbits), a model group (10 rabbits), a moxibustion group (10 rabbits) and a medication group (11 rabbits). Normal diet was applied in the blank group while high-cholesterol diet combined with injection of bovine serum albumin were applied in the rest groups to establish rabbit model of atherosclerosis...
January 2014: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
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