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Jinge Yang, Dan Wu, Yong Tang, Huabei Jiang
Acupuncture has been an effective treatment for various pain in China for several thousand years. However, the mechanisms underlying this mysterious ancient healing are still largely unknown. Here we applied photoacoustic microscopy (PAM) to investigate brain hemodynamic changes in response to electronic acupuncture (EA) at ST36 (Zusanli). Due to the high optical absorption of blood at 532 nm, PAM could sensitively probe changes in hemoglobin concentration (HbT, i.e., cerebral blood volume [CBV]) of cortical regions in high resolution...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Biophotonics
Xin-Yu Huang, Liang Zhang, Jian Sun, Neng-Gui Xu, Wei Yi
To determine effect of acupuncture on insulin resistance in Otsuka Long-Evans Tokushima Fatty (OLETF) rats and to evaluate expression of insulin signaling components. Rats were divided into three groups: Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats, OLETF rats, and acupuncture+OLETF rats. Acupuncture was subcutaneously applied to Neiguan (PC6), Zusanli (ST36), and Sanyinjiao (SP6); in contrast, acupuncture to Shenshu (BL23) was administered perpendicularly. For Neiguan (PC6) and Zusanli (ST36), needles were connected to an electroacupuncture (EA) apparatus...
2016: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Xiangdi Yu, Fangxiang Zhang, Bingning Chen
BACKGROUND: Acupuncture and related techniques are used worldwide to alleviate pain; however, their mechanisms of action are still not fully understood. In the present study, we investigated the effect of transcutaneous electrical acupuncture point stimulation (TEAS) at different frequencies in a chronic constriction injury (CCI) model of neuropathic pain in rats. METHODS: CCI was induced by ligating the common sciatic nerve, which produced neuropathic pain. 18 male Sprague-Dawley rats with CCI were randomly divided into three groups (n=6 each) that remained untreated (CCI group) or received TEAS at high frequency (CCI+TEAS-H group) or TEAS at low frequency (CCI+TEAS-L group)...
October 4, 2016: Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
Jae-Young Shin, Jun-Hwan Lee, Boncho Ku, Jang Han Bae, Min-Ho Un, Jaeuk U Kim, Tae-Hun Kim
INTRODUCTION: This study aims to investigate the effects of acupuncture stimulation on the radial artery's pressure pulse wave, along with various hemodynamic parameters, and to explore the possible underlying mechanism of pulse diagnosis in healthy participants in their twenties. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: This study is a prospective, single-arm, exploratory clinical study. A total of 25 healthy participants, without regard to gender, in their twenties will be recruited by physicians...
September 2016: Journal of Pharmacopuncture
Mudan Cai, Jun Hwan Lee, Eun Jin Yang
Vascular dementia (VaD) is caused by the reduction of blood supply by vessel occlusion and is characterized by progressive cognitive decline. VaD incidence has been growing due to the aging population, placing greater strain on social and economic resources. However, the pathological mechanisms underlying VaD remain unclear. Many studies have used the bilateral common carotid artery occlusion (BCCAO) animal model to investigate potential therapeutics for VaD. In this study, we investigated whether bee venom (BV) improves cognitive function and reduces neuroinflammation in the hippocampus of BCCAO animals...
September 29, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Jeffrey W Mercante, Shatavia S Morrison, Heta P Desai, Brian H Raphael, Jonas M Winchell
Legionella pneumophila was first recognized as a cause of severe and potentially fatal pneumonia during a large-scale outbreak of Legionnaires' disease (LD) at a Pennsylvania veterans' convention in Philadelphia, 1976. The ensuing investigation and recovery of four clinical isolates launched the fields of Legionella epidemiology and scientific research. Only one of the original isolates, "Philadelphia-1", has been widely distributed or extensively studied. Here we describe the whole-genome sequencing (WGS), complete assembly, and comparative analysis of all Philadelphia LD strains recovered from that investigation, along with L...
2016: PloS One
Jun-Long Gao, Yu-Lan Li, Xiu-Mei Wang, Qian-Long Zhao, Hai-Jun Zhang, Fang-Fang Han, Xia-Xia Li, Dong-Hang Zhang
BACKGROUND: Evidence suggests that electroacupuncture (EA) protects against arrhythmia and myocardial injury induced by myocardial ischaemia-reperfusion. However, to our knowledge, it remains unknown whether EA could alleviate bupivacaine-induced cardiotoxicity. Therefore, we aimed to explore the effect of EA pretreatment on bupivacaine-induced cardiac arrest and outcomes of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in rats. METHODS: 24 adult male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into two groups: EA (n=12), and minimal acupuncture (MA) (n=12)...
September 23, 2016: Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
Yan Wen, Chao Zhang, Xiao-Feng Zhao, Shi-Zhe Deng, Si He, Ling-Hui Huang, Guang Tian, Zhi-Hong Meng
Acupuncture at Fengchi (GB20) in the posterior neck improves vertigo. However, subarachnoid hemorrhage and spinal epidural hematoma have been reported to occur after acupuncture in the posterior neck. Therefore, in the present study, we assessed the safety of acupuncture at Fengchi. Laboratory tests and adverse event reports were used to evaluate the safety of different acupuncture manipulations for the treatment of posterior circulation ischemia with vertigo. A total of 136 patients were randomly assigned to four groups...
August 2016: Neural Regeneration Research
Yuhei Tanaka, Kenji Gotoh, Mariko Teramachi, Kazuhisa Ishimoto, Naoki Tsumura, Shizuo Shindou, Yushiro Yamashita
Here we report the molecular epidemiology of macrolide-resistant Streptococcus pyogenes (group A streptococci, GAS) isolated from children with pharyngotonsillitis between 2011 and 2013 in Japan. In 299 isolates, 124 (41.5%) isolates were macrolide-resistant. We characterized the isolates by emm typing, multilocus sequence typing (MLST), and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE). Of 299 isolates, 124 (41.5%) were macrolide-resistant isolates, 76 (61.3%) possessed mefA and 46 (37.1%) possessed ermB. All 76 isolates with mefA possessed msrD...
September 16, 2016: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
Samar S Boswihi, Edet E Udo, Noura Al-Sweih
BACKGROUND: As the epidemiology of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is constantly changing globally, determining the prevailing MRSA clones in a local healthcare facility is important for better management of infections. This study investigated clonal composition and distribution of MRSA isolates in Kuwait's hospitals using a combination of molecular typing methods. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In total, 400 non-repeat MRSA isolates were obtained between 1992 and 2010 in 13 public hospitals and were characterized using antibiogram, SCCmec typing, spa typing, and multilocus-sequence typing...
2016: PloS One
Yuxue Zhao, Changxiang Cui, Xiaochun Yu, Juanjuan Xin, Fengyan Lu, Junhong Gao, Bing Zhu
OBJECTIVE: To examine the effect of electroacupuncture (EA) treatment on abnormal defaecation in a rat model of chronic heterotypic stress (CHS) and investigate the underlying mechanisms. METHODS: 20 male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into three groups: normal (n=6), CHS (n=7), and CHS+EA (n=7). Rats in the CHS group and CHS+EA groups received four different types of stressors for 7 days. For rats in the CHS+EA group, EA was applied at ST36 in the bilateral hind legs for 30 min before each stress-loading session...
September 14, 2016: Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
Mucang Liu, Shenglin Zhang, Yue Gai, Mingzheng Xie, Qinghui Qi
Now, chronic psychological stress (CPS) related diseases are increasing. Many CPS patients have gastrointestinal complaints, immune suppression, and immune imbalance. Increasing evidence is indicating that acupuncture (AP) at the Zusanli point (ST36) can alleviate functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGID), immune suppression, and immune imbalance. However, few studies have investigated the potential mechanisms. In this study, CPS rat models were established, and electroacupuncture (EA) at ST36 was done for CPS rats...
2016: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Sin Bond Leung, Hongwei Zhang, Chi Wai Lau, Zhi-Xiu Lin
BACKGROUND: Hypertension can be treated effectively by acupuncture; however, the association between acupuncture and endothelial function remains unknown. This study aimed to investigate the effects of acupuncture on endothelial dysfunction and oxidative stress-related parameters in spontaneously hypertensive animals. METHODS: Eighteen-week-old Wistar-Kyoto rats (WKYs) and spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs) were arbitrarily divided into four groups: WKY control (n = 8), SHR control (n = 8), SHR sham-acupuncture (n = 8) and SHR acupuncture (n = 8)...
2016: Chinese Medicine
Renato Teixeira Almeida, Thiago Roberto Lima Romero, Marina Gomes Miranda E Castor Romero, Giovane Galdino de Souza, Andrea de Castro Perez, Igor Dimitri Gama Duarte
INTRODUCTION: This study was conducted with the aim of evaluating whether electroacupuncture (EA) at acupoint St36 could produce antinociception through the activation of an endocannabinoid mechanism. METHODS: Male Wistar rats were divided into experimental groups. Heat was applied to the faces of rats, and the latency to withdraw the face was measured. Furthermore, the influence of electrical stimulation (100HzP) of acupoint St36, at a 0.5mA intensity, was investigated in the facial withdrawal threshold...
July 21, 2016: Pharmacological Reports: PR
Marcelo Lourenço Silva, Josie Resende Torres Silva, Wiliam Alves Prado
Preemptive analgesia involves introducing an analgesic before noxious stimulation. Electroacupuncture (EA) activates descending mechanisms that modulate nociceptive inputs into the spinal dorsal horn. This study evaluated whether preoperative EA is more effective than postoperative EA in reducing incision pain in rats. The nociceptive threshold to mechanical stimulation was utilized to examine the effects of an intraperitoneal injection of saline (0.1 mL/kg) or naloxone (1 mg/kg) on antinociception induced by a 20-minute period of 2-Hz or 100-Hz EA applied to the Zusanli (ST36) and Sanyinjiao (SP6) acupoints before surgical incision, or 10 minutes after or 100 minutes after surgical incision of the hind paw...
August 2016: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Dwi R Helianthi, Christina Simadibrata, Adiningsih Srilestari, Edy R Wahyudi, Rudy Hidayat
AIM: to compare the effectiveness of active laser acupuncture with placebo on reducing pain intensity and improving functional outcome in geriatric patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA). METHODS: a double-blind randomized controlled trial was conducted in geriatrics with knee OA at Medical Acupuncture Outpatient Clinic, Integrated Geriatric Outpatient Clinic, Rheumatology Outpatient Clinic of Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital, Jakarta, during May to October 2015. Sixty two patients with knee OA were randomly assigned into two groups: active laser acupuncture group or placebo laser acupuncture group...
April 2016: Acta Medica Indonesiana
K Szymanek-Majchrzak, A Mlynarczyk, K Dobrzaniecka, K Majchrzak, E Mierzwinska-Nastalska, A Chmura, A Kwiatkowski, M Durlik, D Deborska-Materkowska, L Paczek, G Mlynarczyk
BACKGROUND: The increasing prevalence of multi-drug-resistant methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a substantial problem in hospitals worldwide, especially in wards with immunocompromised patients undergoing organ transplant. Epidemiological characteristics and antibiotic susceptibility profiles of hospital-acquired (HA) MRSA strains isolated from surgical/transplantation ward patients were studied. METHODS: We analyzed 26 HA-MRSA strains isolated from 22 patients hospitalized at 3 different surgical and transplantation wards at a Warsaw clinical hospital during 2010 to 2011...
June 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
Huijuan Mao, Jun J Mao, Menghu Guo, Ke Cheng, Jianzi Wei, Xubo Shen, Xueyong Shen
BACKGROUND: Fatigue is the most common symptom negatively affecting the quality of life of patients with cancer. The objective of the current study was to evaluate the preliminary efficacy and safety of 10.6-μm infrared laser moxibustion for cancer-related fatigue (CRF). METHODS: The authors conducted a randomized, placebo-controlled trial among 78 patients with cancer who were diagnosed with CRF. The group treated with infrared laser moxibustion received 10.6 μm of infrared laser moxibustion on the ST36 (bilateral), CV4, and CV6 acupoints...
August 6, 2016: Cancer
Kai Liu, Wang Jie, Yan-guo Wang
Massage prescriptions for treating infantile anorexia in Chinese Academic Journal Full-Text Database (CNKI, 1979-2012), Chinese Scientific and Technological Journal Full-Text Database (VIP, 1989-2012) and Wanfang Database (1990-2012) were collected. By using Chinese Medicine Inheritance Auxiliary Platform (Version 2.0) Software, 286 massage prescriptions for treatment of infantile anorexia were screened involved 76 acupoints, 20 commonly used acupoints, and 57 core acupoint combinations. Infantile Tuina specific points were used as main acupoints in massage therapy for infantile anorexia, and core acupoints covered Jizhu, Pi meridian, abdomen, Nei-Bagua, Zusanli (ST36), and Ban-men...
June 2016: Chinese Journal of Integrated Traditional and Western Medicine
Paola Urroz, Ben Colagiuri, Caroline A Smith, Alan Yeung, Birinder S Cheema
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to investigate the effect of acupuncture administered immediately following a graded exercise test (GXT) on physiological measures of recovery and determine if instruction (expectancy) affected the responses. METHODS: A balanced-placebo 2 × 2 factorial design was used with treatment (real vs placebo acupuncture) and instruction (told real vs told placebo acupuncture) as factors; a no-treatment control group was also included to compare the treatment responses to no treatment...
2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
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