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Xiang Cui, Kun Liu, Dandan Xu, Youyou Zhang, Xun He, Hao Liu, Xinyan Gao, Bing Zhu
Background: Acupuncture therapy plays a pivotal role in pain relief, and increasing evidence demonstrates that mast cells (MCs) may mediate acupuncture analgesia. The present study aims to investigate the role of MCs in acupuncture analgesia using c-kit gene mutant-induced MC-deficient rats. Materials and methods: WsRC-Ws/Ws rats and their wild-type (WT) littermates (WsRC-+/+) were used. The number of MCs in skin of ST36 area was compared in two rats after immunofluorescence labeling...
2018: Journal of Pain Research
J Q Fang, J Y Du, J F Fang, T Xiao, X Q Le, N F Pan, J Yu, B Y Liu
AIMS: Observing the parameter-specific anti-hyperalgesic effects of EA with different stimulation times and frequencies on painful hyperalgesia mediated by the level of TRPV1 and P2X3 expression in DRG after CFA injection. MAIN METHODS: The model was induced by the injection of CFA in each rat's right hind paw. EA treatment was applied to the bilateral ST36 and BL60. Paw withdrawal threshold (PWT) and paw withdrawal latency (PWL) were tested with Von Frey filaments and the radiant heat source of the test instrument, respectively...
March 14, 2018: Life Sciences
Ha-Ra Kang, Chan-Yung Jung, Seung-Deok Lee, Kyung-Ho Kim, Kap-Sung Kim, Eun-Jung Kim
BACKGROUND: Knee osteoarthritis (KOA) is a significant health issue because it causes pain and functional limitation. Many studies have reported that moxibustion, a treatment in traditional Korean medicine, is effective in treating KOA. However, conventional moxibustion produces smoke, harmful gases, and odors that can adversely affect the eyes, skin, and throat. It is also difficult to control the intensity of stimulation in conventional moxibustion. An electrical moxibustion device was developed to circumvent these problems, but there are few studies of that device...
March 5, 2018: Trials
Olga L Voronina, Marina S Kunda, Natalia N Ryzhova, Ekaterina I Aksenova, Natalia E Sharapova, Andrey N Semenov, Elena L Amelina, Alexandr G Chuchalin, Alexandr L Gintsburg
BACKGROUND: Microbes infecting cystic fibrosis patients' respiratory tract are important in determining patients' functional status. Representatives of Burkholderiales order are the most dangerous. The goal of our investigation was to reveal the diversity of Burkholderiales, define of their proportion in the microbiome of various parts of respiratory tract and determine the pathogenicity of the main representatives. RESULTS: In more than 500 cystic fibrosis patients, representing all Federal Regions of Russia, 34...
February 9, 2018: BMC Genomics
Danchun Lan, Nenggui Xu, Jian Sun, Zhixing Li, Rongzhen Liao, Hongtao Zhang, Xiaoli Liang, Wei Yi
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of electroacupuncture (EA) on endothelial dysfunction related to high fat diet (HFD)-induced insulin resistance through the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)-protein kinase B (Akt) signalling pathway. METHODS: Twenty-four male Sprague-Dawley rats were fed a regular diet (Control group, n=8) or a HFD (n=16) for 12 weeks to induce an insulin resistance model. HFD-fed rats were divided into two groups that remained untreated (HFD group, n=8) or received electroacupuncture (HFD+EA group, n=8)...
March 3, 2018: Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
Kai-Bo Chen, Yi-Qiao Lu, Jian-De Chen, Di-Ke Shi, Zhi-Hui Huang, Yi-Xiong Zheng, Xiao-Li Jin, Zhe-Fang Wang, Wei-Dong Zhang, Yi Huang, Zhi-Wei Wu, Guo-Ping Zhang, Hang Zhang, Ying-Hao Jiang, Li Chen
AIM: To investigate the efficacy and safety of transcutaneous electroacupuncture (TEA) to alleviate postoperative ileus (POI) after gastrectomy. METHODS: From April 2014 to February 2017, 63 gastric cancer patients were recruited from the Second Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou, China. After gastrectomy, the patients were randomly allocated to the TEA ( n = 33) or control ( n = 30) group. The patients in the TEA group received 1 h TEA on Neiguan (ST36) and Zusanli (PC6) twice daily in the morning and afternoon until they passed flatus...
February 27, 2018: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Jun-Ying Wang, Yong-Hui Gao, Li-Na Qiao, Jian-Liang Zhang, Cheng-Lin Duan-Mu, Ya-Xia Yan, Shu-Ping Chen, Jun-Ling Liu
BACKGROUND: Cumulated evidence reveals that glial cells in the spinal cord play an important role in the development of chronic neuropathic pain and are also complicated in the analgesic effect of EA intervention. But the roles of microgliacytes and astrocytes of spinal cord in the process of EA analgesia remain unknown. METHODS: A total of 120 male Wistar rats were used in the present study. The neuropathic pain model was established by chronic constrictive injury (CCI) of the sciatic nerve...
February 21, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Jae-Hong Kim, Myung-Rae Cho, Ju-Hyung Park, Jeong-Cheol Shin, Ji-Hyun Cho, Gwang-Cheon Park, Dongwoo Nam
BACKGROUND: Ankle sprains are some of the most frequent injuries of the musculoskeletal system. However, there is no substantive evidence supporting which treatment strategy is superior. Taping with Kinesiotape (KT) is a new method that is used as an alternative to the more established taping and bracing techniques used for the prophylaxis and treatment of ankle sprains. The aim of this study is to examine the efficacy of KT on ankle sprain by comparing acupuncture combined with KT (AcuKT) with acupuncture alone in patients with acute lateral ankle sprains...
February 20, 2018: Trials
Shu-Ju Wang, Qi Wang, Jun Ma, Pei-Hao Yu, Zhong-Ming Wang, Bin Wang
Defects in autophagy-mediated clearance of α-synuclein may be one of the key factors leading to progressive loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra. Moxibustion therapy for Parkinson's disease has been shown to have a positive effect, but the underlying mechanism remains unknown. Based on this, we explored whether moxibustion could protect dopaminergic neurons by promoting autophagy mediated by mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR), with subsequent elimination of α-syn. A Parkinson's disease model was induced in rats by subcutaneous injection of rotenone at the back of their necks, and they received moxibustion at Zusanli (ST36), Guanyuan (CV4) and Fengfu (GV16), for 10 minutes at every point, once per day, for 14 consecutive days...
January 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
Heng Zhang, Zhenyi Chen, Jiping Wu, Na Chen, Wenjie Xu, Taihao Li, Shupeng Liu
ST36 is a commonly-used acupoint in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for treatment of inflammations, pains and gastrointestinal disturbs. For decades,the low power laser acupuncture has been widely applied as an alternative therapy to traditional metal needle acupuncture and achieved relatively fine therapeutic effect for ST36-related symptoms with reduction of uncomfortableness and infection risks. However its disadvantages of low penetrativity and lack of manipulation skills limit its potential performance...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Biophotonics
Dawei Tian, Fengfeng Mo, Xingjian Cai, Zhiyuan Miao, Feng Xiao, Yifang Chang, Lusha Wu, Yuxiao Tang, Xin Wang, Chen Ye, Xiaolu Qian, Wei Gu, Min Li
OBJECTIVE: Acupuncture has been widely used for the treatment of motion sickness (MS), but the underlying mechanisms are unclear. The aim of this research was to study the mechanism of acupuncture in the treatment of MS. METHODS: To observe the effects of acupuncture in the treatment of MS, 80 rats were randomised into five groups that were subjected to acceleration and either remained untreated (CTRL), or received restraint (REST), scopolamine (SCOP) or acupuncture at SP4 (sham) or PC6+ST36 (verum) acupuncture points...
February 7, 2018: Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
Zhigang Wang, Tao Yi, Man Long, Fengmin Ding, Lichen Ouyang, Zebin Chen
In this study, we aimed to investigate the effect of electro-acupuncture (EA) at the Zusanli acupoint (ST36) on interleukin (IL)-33-mediated mast cell activation. Firstly, 2,4-dinitrofluorobenzene (DNFB)-induced allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) in rats was developed with or without EA treatment. Then, rat peritoneal mast cells (RPMCs) were obtained and cultured in the presence of IL-33. EA treatment relieved ear swelling and reduced mast cell infiltration in the local inflammation area with DNFB challenge, accompanying the decrement of IL-33 production...
February 5, 2018: Inflammation
Xiao-Yong Zhan, Qing-Yi Zhu
Inadequate discriminatory power to distinguish between L. pneumophila isolates, especially those belonging to disease-related prevalent sequence types (STs) such as ST1, ST36 and ST47, is an issue of SBT scheme. In this study, we developed a multilocus sequence typing (MLST) scheme based on two non-virulence loci (trpA, cca) and three virulence loci (icmK, lspE, lssD), to genotype 110 L. pneumophila isolates from various natural and artificial water sources in Guangdong province of China, and compared with the SBT...
2018: PloS One
Stephanie C Tjen-A-Looi, Liang-Wu Fu, Zhi-Ling Guo, John C Longhurst
Stimulation of vagal afferent endings with intravenous phenylbiguanide (PBG) causes both bradycardia and vasodepression, simulating neurally mediated syncope. Activation of µ-opioid receptors in the nucleus tractus solitarius (NTS) increases blood pressure. Electroacupuncture (EA) stimulation of somatosensory nerves underneath acupoints P5-6, ST36-37, LI6-7 or G37-39 selectively but differentially modulates sympathoexcitatory responses. We therefore hypothesized that EA-stimulation at P5-6 or ST36-37, but not LI6-7 or G37-39 acupoints, inhibits the bradycardia and vasodepression through a µ-opioid receptor mechanism in the NTS...
January 30, 2018: Scientific Reports
Carolina Elisabetta Martins Maccariello, Carla Caroline Franzini de Souza, Laura Morena, Daniel Penteado Martins Dias, Magda Alves de Medeiros
Sound stimuli such as fireworks, firearms, and claps of thunder have been used as a stress reactivity model for dogs. Acupuncture has been widely used to treat and prevent physiological and behavioural disorders induced by stress. Our study aims to evaluate the effects of acupuncture on cardiac autonomic modulation (heart rate variability - HRV), behavioural (reactivity) and endocrine (cortisol levels) responses in dogs exposed to sounds of thunder. Twenty-four laboratory beagles (12 males and 12 females, 1-6years old) with no history of phobia to thunder were subjected to a sound stimulus that consisted of a standardized recording of thunder over a 150s period with a maximum intensity of 103-104dB...
January 9, 2018: Physiology & Behavior
Jiaoping Mi, Xinye Chen, Xiaoyan Lin, Jianling Guo, Hongtao Chen, Liao Wei, Haiyu Hong
BACKGROUND: Allergic rhinitis is a common respiratory disease. Acupuncture is used to treat it in traditional Chinese medicine, and generally, the L120, ST2 and ST36 acupoints are selected in clinical practice. We report a new method of acupuncture at the sphenopalatine acupoint (SPA) for treatment of persistent allergic rhinitis (PAR). The effect of this treatment was investigated using two different needling depths. The efficacy of this treatment was associated with accurate stimulation of the sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG)...
January 11, 2018: Trials
Yongyuan Ma, Haiyun Guo, Fuhai Bai, Ming Zhang, Liu Yang, Jiao Deng, Lize Xiong
Acupuncture is widely used for knee osteoarthritis (KOA) treatment in clinical practice. In the present study, we aimed to set a standard KOA animal model for electroacupuncture (EA) study and provide an acupuncture recipe for further KOA studies. Rats intra-articularly administered monosodium iodoacetate (MIA, 0.3, 1 or 3 mg respectively, n=12 each) were evaluated for pain-like behavior: paw withdrawal mechanical threshold, weight bearing deficit, and joint pathological changes (OARSI score) until 28 days after injury...
January 1, 2018: Experimental Animals
Nagwa Mohammed, Hemat Allam, Eman Elghoroury, Emad N Zikri, Ghada A Helmy, Aliaa Elgendy
Background Laser acupuncture is one of the complementary modalities used for treating osteoarthritis. The study was performed to evaluate the effectiveness of laser acupuncture in the treatment of grade 2 knee osteoarthritis. Patients and methods Forty patients having bilateral knee osteoarthritis were divided into two groups (20 patients in each group). The patients of the first group were subjected to 12 laser sessions at the following acupoints (St 35, St36, Sp9, Sp10 and Gb 34). During each session, laser of 90 mw was directed to each acupoint for 1 min giving energy of 5...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine
Jaung-Geng Lin, Yu-Chen Lee, Cheng-Hao Tu, Iona MacDonald, Hsin-Yi Chung, Sih-Ting Luo, Shih-Ya Hung, Yi-Hung Chen
This study investigated the influence of the histamine H1 receptor antagonists, chlorpheniramine (CHL) and pyrilamine, on the analgesic effects of acupuncture in mice. Nociceptive response was evaluated by the acetic acid-induced abdominal writhe test. Electroacupuncture (EA) at bilateral ST36 reduced the manifestations of acetic acid-induced abdominal writhing, whereas needle insertion without electrostimulation had no such effect. Notably, EA treatment was not associated with any analgesic effects in mice pretreated with naloxone...
January 3, 2018: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
Nikolay Dimitrov, Dimitrinka Atanasova, Nikola Tomov, Dimitar Sivrev, Nikolai Lazarov
Mast cells (MCs) are important object in experimental acupuncture due to their putative involvement in local reactions to needling. In the rat, they are shown to contain in their granules, among other tissue mediators, serotonin, also called 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT). The aim of this study is to examine the normal distribution of 5-HT-containing MCs in soft tissues of Zusanli (ST36) acupuncture point (acupoint) and their morphological changes caused by experimental acupuncture. We observed 5-HT-immunopositive MCs in the tissues and in the vicinity of the needle tract formed after acupuncture...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
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