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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741805/magnetic-non-invasive-acupuncture-for-infant-comfort-magnific-a-single-blinded-randomized-controlled-pilot-trial
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Kerry L Chen, Kwee Bee Lindrea, Im Quah-Smith, Georg M Schmölzer, Mary Daly, Timothy Schindler, Ju Lee Oei
AIM: To determine the safety and feasibility of auricular non-invasive magnetic acupuncture (MA) to decrease infant pain during heel pricks. METHODS: Infants requiring heel pricks for blood collection were randomized to either MA (n=21) or placebo (P) (n=19) after parental informed consent. MA or placebo stickers were placed on both ears according to the Battlefield Protocol by an unblinded investigator and left on for 3 days. Pain was assessed with the Premature Infant Pain Profile (PIPP) by blinded clinicians...
July 25, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738107/acupuncture-in-temporomandibular-disorder-myofascial-pain-treatment-a-systematic-review
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Ana Carla Fernandes, Dayanne Monielle Duarte Moura, Laura Géssica Dantas Da Silva, Erika Oliveira De Almeida, Gustavo Augusto Seabra Barbosa
AIMS: To carry out a systematic review of clinical trials published up to 2015 to determine the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating myofascial pain in temporomandibular disorder (TMD) patients. METHODS: The databases used were the Cochrane Library, PubMed, Scopus, and Web of Science; the dates of the articles surveyed ranged from 1990 to May 2015. The inclusion criteria were: (1) publications in English, Portuguese, or Spanish; (2) controlled clinical trials; (3) patients with TMD of muscular origin; and (4) studies that used acupuncture or laser acupuncture only for treatment...
July 2017: Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736591/immune-modulation-and-treatment-of-human-papilloma-virus-related-warts-with-energetics-of-living-systems-acupuncture
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Rom Brustin, Martine Toledano, Tal Geffen, Raia Goona, Malka Hochberg, Bilha Kreisberg, Sari Murad, Jacob Pitcovski
Background: Cutaneous warts are small skin lesions formed as a result of infection by the human papilloma virus (HPV). In the lesion, viral manipulation creates a microenvironment that favors virus survival and reproduction. Most lesions eventually regress, probably as a result of a Th1-mediated immune response. However, some warts fail to regress and become persistent. Objective: The efficacy of treatment of persistent HPV-caused warts with Energetics of Living Systems acupuncture and monitored immune system involvement was tested...
June 1, 2017: Medical Acupuncture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731567/integration-of-white-matter-network-is-associated-with-interindividual-differences-in-psychologically-mediated-placebo-response-in-migraine-patients
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Jixin Liu, Shaohui Ma, Junya Mu, Tao Chen, Qing Xu, Wanghuan Dun, Jie Tian, Ming Zhang
Individual differences of brain changes of neural communication and integration in the modular architecture of the human brain network exist for the repeated migraine attack and physical or psychological stressors. However, whether the interindividual variability in the migraine brain connectome predicts placebo response to placebo treatment is still unclear. Using DTI and graph theory approaches, we systematically investigated the topological organization of white matter networks in 71 patients with migraine without aura (MO) and 50 matched healthy controls at three levels: global network measure, nodal efficiency, and nodal intramodule/intermodule efficiency...
July 21, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709452/influence-of-the-patient-practitioner-interaction-context-on-acupuncture-outcomes-in-functional-dyspepsia-study-protocol-for-a-multicenter-randomized-controlled-trial
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Seok-Jae Ko, Jae-Woo Park, Jungtae Leem, Ted J Kaptchuk, Vitaly Napadow, Braden Kuo, Jessica Gerber, Laurie Dimisko, Inkwon Yeo, Junhee Lee, Jinsung Kim
BACKGROUND: In the treatment of functional dyspepsia, the placebo effect has been reported to be high, and the influence of the patient-practitioner relationship may be a major component of this effect. The specific and non-specific effects of acupuncture cannot be easily distinguished, and the patient-practitioner relationship may influence the total therapeutic effect in clinical practice. There have been no studies that investigate the influence of patient-practitioner relationship on acupuncture treatment for patients with functional dyspepsia...
July 14, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707168/acupuncture-for-cancer-related-fatigue-in-lung-cancer-patients-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-pilot-trial
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Chien-Shan Cheng, Lian-Yu Chen, Zhou-Yu Ning, Chen-Yue Zhang, Hao Chen, Zhen Chen, Xiao-Yan Zhu, Jing Xie
BACKGROUND: Cancer-related fatigue (CRF) is a distressing symptom that is the most common unpleasant side effect experienced by lung cancer patients and is challenging for clinical care workers to manage. METHODS: We performed a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot trial to evaluate the clinical effect of acupuncture on CRF in lung cancer patients. Twenty-eight patients presenting with CRF were randomly assigned to active acupuncture or placebo acupuncture groups to receive acupoint stimulation (LI-4, Ren-6, St-36, KI-3, and Sp-6) twice per week for 4 weeks, followed by 2 weeks of follow-up...
July 13, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693563/the-efficacy-of-traditional-acupuncture-on-patients-with-chronic-neck-pain-study-protocol-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Yiling Yang, Xiaoxia Yan, Hongmei Deng, Dian Zeng, Jianpeng Huang, Wenbin Fu, Nenggui Xu, Jianhua Liu
BACKGROUND: A large number of randomized trials on the use of acupuncture to treat chronic pain have been conducted. However, there is considerable controversy regarding the effectiveness of acupuncture. We designed a randomized trial involving patients with chronic neck pain (CNP) to investigate whether acupuncture is more effective than a placebo in treating CNP. METHODS/DESIGN: A five-arm, parallel, single-blinded, randomized, sham-controlled trial was designed...
July 10, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673350/psychophysical-responses-in-patients-receiving-a-mock-laser-within-context-of-an-acupuncture-clinical-trial-an-interoceptive-perspective
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Shohreh Razavy, Marcus Gadau, Shi Ping Zhang, Fu Chun Wang, Sergio Bangrazi, Christine Berle, Mahrita Harahap, Tie Li, Wei Hong Li, Christopher Zaslawski
BACKGROUND: The psychophysical responses induced by verum acupuncture are characterized by a constellation of unique subjective sensory responses commonly termed De Qi. Furthermore, a variety of sham interventions have been used as a control for acupuncture clinical trials. Indeed, one such control has been mock laser which has been used as control intervention in several acupuncture clinical controlled trials. The current study aim was to examine the De Qi sensory responses and its related characteristics elicited from acupuncture and compare them to those reported following sham laser in participants enrolled in a clinical trial...
July 3, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655015/effect-of-acupuncture-and-clomiphene-in-chinese-women-with-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Xiao-Ke Wu, Elisabet Stener-Victorin, Hong-Ying Kuang, Hong-Li Ma, Jing-Shu Gao, Liang-Zhen Xie, Li-Hui Hou, Zhen-Xing Hu, Xiao-Guang Shao, Jun Ge, Jin-Feng Zhang, Hui-Ying Xue, Xiao-Feng Xu, Rui-Ning Liang, Hong-Xia Ma, Hong-Wei Yang, Wei-Li Li, Dong-Mei Huang, Yun Sun, Cui-Fang Hao, Shao-Min Du, Zheng-Wang Yang, Xin Wang, Ying Yan, Xiu-Hua Chen, Ping Fu, Cai-Fei Ding, Ya-Qin Gao, Zhong-Ming Zhou, Chi Chiu Wang, Tai-Xiang Wu, Jian-Ping Liu, Ernest H Y Ng, Richard S Legro, Heping Zhang
Importance: Acupuncture is used to induce ovulation in some women with polycystic ovary syndrome, without supporting clinical evidence. Objective: To assess whether active acupuncture, either alone or combined with clomiphene, increases the likelihood of live births among women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Design, Setting, and Participants: A double-blind (clomiphene vs placebo), single-blind (active vs control acupuncture) factorial trial was conducted at 21 sites (27 hospitals) in mainland China between July 6, 2012, and November 18, 2014, with 10 months of pregnancy follow-up until October 7, 2015...
June 27, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614956/interventions-for-treating-hyperemesis-gravidarum-a-cochrane-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Rupsa C Boelig, Samantha J Barton, Gabriele Saccone, Anthony J Kelly, Steven J Edwards, Vincenzo Berghella
INTRODUCTION: While nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy are very common, affecting approximately 80% of pregnancies, hyperemesis gravidarum is a severe form affecting 0.3-1.0% of pregnancies. Although hyperemesis gravidarum is rarely a source of mortality, it is a significant source of morbidity. It is one of the most common indications for hospitalization in pregnancy. Beyond the maternal and fetal consequences of malnutrition, the severity of hyperemesis symptoms causes a major psychosocial burden leading to depression, anxiety, and even pregnancy termination...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
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...
September 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583057/auricular-acupressure-in-the-prevention-of-postoperative-nausea-and-emesis-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Cynthia Feng, Jovan Popovic, Richard Kline, Jung Kim, Rafael Matos, Sarah Lee, Joseph Bosco
INTRODUCTION: Successful antiemesis contributes significantly to quality, safety, and patient satisfaction. Patients undergoing general anesthesia often experience postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV). Acupressure offers a side effect-free alternative to common first-line antiemetics. Because the patient may perceive needle acupuncture as uncomfortable, acupressure is a desirable alternative for the prevention of PONV. METHODS: This study was a randomized, prospective, double-blinded clinical trial investigating the effect of acupressure in patients with a history of PONV and motion sickness...
April 2017: Bulletin of the Hospital for Joint Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506257/an-overview-of-systematic-reviews-of-complementary-and-alternative-therapies-for-fibromyalgia-using-both-amstar-and-robis-as-quality-assessment-tools
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Rachel Perry, Verity Leach, Philippa Davies, Chris Penfold, Andy Ness, Rachel Churchill
BACKGROUND: Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic, debilitating pain disorder. Dissatisfaction with conventional medicine can lead people with FM to turn to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Two previous overviews of systematic reviews of CAM for FM have been published, but they did not assessed for risk of bias in the review process. METHODS: Five databases Medline, Embase, AMED (via OVID), Web of Science and Central were searched from their inception to December 2015...
May 15, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494846/can-a-science-based-definition-of-acupuncture-improve-clinical-outcomes
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REVIEW
Ted Priebe, Steven H Stumpf, Rod Zalunardo
Research on acupuncture has been muddled by attempts to bridge the ancient with the modern. Barriers to effectiveness research are reflected in recurring conflicts that include disagreement on use of the most basic terms, lack of standard intervention controls, and the absence of functional measures for assessing treatment effect. Acupuncture research has stalled at the "placebo barrier" wherein acupuncture is "no better than placebo." The most widely recognized comparative effectiveness research in acupuncture does not compare acupuncture treatment protocols within groups, thereby, mutating large scale effectiveness studies into large scale efficacy trials...
May 2017: Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408941/clinical-evaluation-of-acupuncture-as-treatment-for-complications-of-cerebrovascular-accidents-a-randomized-sham-controlled-subject-and-assessor-blind-trial
#15
Hsien-Yin Liao, Wen-Chao Ho, Chun-Chung Chen, Jaung-Geng Lin, Chia-Chi Chang, Liang-Yu Chen, De-Chih Lee, Yu-Chen Lee
Background and Purpose. The effect of acupuncture as treatment for poststroke complications is questionable. We performed a randomized, sham-controlled double-blind study to investigate it. Methods. Patients with first-time acute stroke were randomized to receive 24 sessions of either real or sham acupuncture during an eight-week period. The primary outcome measure was change in National Institute of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) score. Secondary outcome measures included changes in Barthel Index (BI), Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL), Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D), and Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) for pain scores...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392178/acupuncture-for-the-prevention-of-tension-type-headache-2016
#16
Arya Nielsen
Linde K, Allais G, Brinkhaus B, et al. Acupuncture for the prevention of tension-type headache.Cochrane Database Syst Rev2016, Issue 48. Art No.: CD007587. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD007587.pub2. BACKGROUND: Acupuncture is often used for prevention of tension-type headache but its effectiveness is still controversial. This is an update of our Cochrane review originally published in Issue 1, 2009 of The Cochrane Library. OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether acupuncture is (a) more effective than no prophylactic treatment/routine care only; (b) more effective than "sham" (placebo) acupuncture; and (c) as effective as other interventions in reducing headache frequency in adults with episodic or chronic tension-type headache...
May 2017: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371868/immediate-pain-relief-in-adhesive-capsulitis-by-acupuncture-a-randomized-controlled-double-blinded-study
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Sven Schröder, Gesa Meyer-Hamme, Thomas Friedemann, Sebastian Kirch, Michael Hauck, Rosemarie Plaetke, Sunja Friedrichs, Amit Gulati, Daniel Briem
Objective.:  Primary adhesive capsulitis (AC), or frozen shoulder, is an insidious and idiopathic disease. Severe pain is predominant in the first two of the three stages of the condition, which can last up to 21 months. Design, Setting, and Subjects.:  Sixty volunteers with primary AC were randomly assigned to acupuncture with press tack needles compared with press tack placebos in a patient- and observer-blinded placebo-controlled study. The participants were subsequently offered classical needle acupuncture in an open follow-up clinical application...
March 20, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359309/electroacupuncture-for-tapering-off-long-term-benzodiazepine-use-study-protocol-of-randomized-controlled-trial
#18
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Wing-Fai Yeung, Ka-Fai Chung, Zhang-Jin Zhang, Wai-Chi Chan, Shi-Ping Zhang, Roger Man-Kin Ng, Connie Lai-Wah Chan, Lai-Ming Ho, Yee-Man Yu, Li-Xing Lao
BACKGROUND: Conventional approaches for benzodiazepine tapering have their limitations. Anecdotal studies have shown that acupuncture is a potential treatment for facilitating successful benzodiazepine tapering. As of today, there was no randomized controlled trial examining its efficacy and safety. The purpose of the study is to evaluate the efficacy of using electroacupuncture as an adjunct treatment to gradual tapering of benzodiazepine doses in complete benzodiazepine cessation in long-term benzodiazepine users...
March 31, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350757/acupuncture-for-menopausal-hot-flashes-clinical-evidence-update-and-its-relevance-to-decision-making
#19
Carolyn Ee, Simon D French, Charlie C Xue, Marie Pirotta, Helena Teede
OBJECTIVE: There is conflicting evidence on the efficacy and effectiveness of acupuncture for menopausal hot flashes. This article synthesizes the best available evidence for when women are considering whether acupuncture might be useful for menopausal hot flashes. METHODS: We searched electronic databases to identify randomized controlled trials and systematic reviews of acupuncture for menopausal hot flushes. RESULTS: The overall evidence demonstrates that acupuncture is effective when compared with no treatment, but not efficacious compared with sham...
March 27, 2017: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334999/rewiring-the-primary-somatosensory-cortex-in-carpal-tunnel-syndrome-with-acupuncture
#20
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Yumi Maeda, Hyungjun Kim, Norman Kettner, Jieun Kim, Stephen Cina, Cristina Malatesta, Jessica Gerber, Claire McManus, Rebecca Ong-Sutherland, Pia Mezzacappa, Alexandra Libby, Ishtiaq Mawla, Leslie R Morse, Ted J Kaptchuk, Joseph Audette, Vitaly Napadow
Carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common entrapment neuropathy, affecting the median nerve at the wrist. Acupuncture is a minimally-invasive and conservative therapeutic option, and while rooted in a complex practice ritual, acupuncture overlaps significantly with many conventional peripherally-focused neuromodulatory therapies. However, the neurophysiological mechanisms by which acupuncture impacts accepted subjective/psychological and objective/physiological outcomes are not well understood. Eligible patients (n = 80, 65 female, age: 49...
April 1, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
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