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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392262/the-regulatory-effect-of-electro-acupuncture-on-the-expression-of-nmda-receptors-in-a-sci-rat-model
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Wen-Zhan Tu, Wen-Ci Chen, Wan Xia, Rong He, Jie Hu, Ming-Chen Jiang, Song-He Jiang
BACKGROUND: In early spinal cord injury (SCI), glutamate receptors, including N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptors (NMDARs), are over-stimulated by excessively released glutamate. The enhanced activity of NMDARs may cause cell death by overloading calcium (Ca(2+)) into cells based on their high permeability to Ca(2+). Studies in SCI animals have shown that treatment with electro-acupuncture (EA) is able to reduce cell death and to improve functional recovery. One possible mechanism of this neuroprotective effect is that EA has regulatory effect on NMDARs...
April 6, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384564/effect-of-acupuncture-on-aromatase-inhibitor-induced-arthralgia-in-patients-with-breast-cancer-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Lawrence Chen, Chao-Chun Lin, Tsai-Wei Huang, Yi-Chun Kuan, Yao-Hsien Huang, Hung-Chou Chen, Chun-Yu Kao, Chih-Ming Su, Ka-Wai Tam
PURPOSE: Aromatase inhibitor (AI)-induced arthralgia (AIA) is a common side effect that may lead to premature discontinuation of effective hormonal therapy in patients with breast cancer. Acupuncture may relieve joint pain in patients with AIA. We conducted a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to evaluate the effectiveness of acupuncture in pain relief in AIA. METHODS: The PubMed, Embase, Cochrane Library, and Scopus databases and the ClinicalTrials...
April 3, 2017: Breast: Official Journal of the European Society of Mastology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361166/-the-first-mental-health-act-in-china-2013-an%C3%A2-historical-step-towards-human-rights
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X Zhao
In the past, the mentally ill used to be relentlessly stigmatized and their basic needs grossly neglected in China. Only the coastal cities with their Western oriented universities provided Western type mental healthcare. In general, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) embracing medicinal herbs and acupuncture was practiced. Mental hospitals were non-existent before 1889 and care of the chronically mentally ill rested with their families and the community; however, the prevalence and spectrum of mental disorders were similar to those in Western countries...
March 30, 2017: Der Nervenarzt
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335756/acupuncture-and-moxibustion-for-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-in-traditional-chinese-medicine-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Taiwu Wang, Cong Xu, Keli Pan, Hongyan Xiong
BACKGROUND: As the etiology of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is unclear and the treatment is still a big issue. There exists a wide range of literature about acupuncture and moxibustion (AM) for CFS in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). But there are certain doubts as well in the effectiveness of its treatment due to the lack of a comprehensive and evidence-based medical proof to dispel the misgivings. Current study evaluated systematically the effectiveness of acupuncture and moxibustion treatments on CFS, and clarified the difference among them and Chinese herbal medicine, western medicine and sham-acupuncture...
March 23, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330722/the-use-of-chinese-herbal-medicine-as-an-adjuvant-therapy-to-reduce-incidence-of-chronic-hepatitis-in-colon-cancer-patients-a-taiwanese-population-based-cohort-study
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Tsai-Hui Lin, Hung-Rong Yen, Jen-Huai Chiang, Mao-Feng Sun, Hen-Hong Chang, Sheng-Teng Huang
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: There is a decided lack of in-depth studies to evaluate the effectiveness of Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) as an adjuvant therapy on the incidence of chronic hepatitis in patients with colon cancer. AIM OF THE STUDY: The aim of this study is to assess whether CHM treatment decreased the incidence of chronic hepatitisin colon cancer patients who received conventional Western medical treatment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A Taiwanese nationwide population-based study of colon cancer patients receiving Western medicine treatment in conjunction with CHM treatment, using data provided by the National Health Insurance (NHI) Research Database, was conducted...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286776/the-efficacy-of-acupuncture-for-treating-depression-related-insomnia-compared-with-a-control-group-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Bo Dong, Zeqin Chen, Xuan Yin, Danting Li, Jie Ma, Ping Yin, Yan Cao, Lixing Lao, Shifen Xu
Objective. To evaluate the effectiveness of acupuncture as monotherapy and as an alternative therapy in treating depression-related insomnia. Data Source. Seven databases were searched starting from 1946 to March 30, 2016. Study Eligibility Criteria. Randomized-controlled trials of adult subjects (18-75 y) who had depression-related insomnia and had received acupuncture. Results. 18 randomized-controlled clinical trials (RCTs) were introduced in this meta-analysis. The findings determined that the acupuncture treatment made significant improvements in PSQI score (MD = -2...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280333/proteomic-analysis-of-tears-following-acupuncture-treatment-for-menopausal-dry-eye-disease-by-two-dimensional-nano-liquid-chromatography-coupled-with-tandem-mass-spectrometry
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Qingyu Liu, Junling Liu, Chengda Ren, Wenting Cai, Qingquan Wei, Yi Song, Jing Yu
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to investigate whether acupuncture is effective at treating dry eye disease among postmenopausal women and to identify the possible mechanisms. METHODS: Twenty-eight postmenopausal women with dry eye disease were randomly divided into two groups: an acupuncture plus artificial tears (AC + AT) group and an artificial tears (AT) only group. After baseline examination of clinical parameters and tear sample collection, each patient received the designated modality of topical therapy for 2 months...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271658/integrating-acupuncture-are-there-positive-health-outcomes-for-women
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Nicola Robinson
The key health issues for women tend to be primarily associated with the female reproductive system. There are also other gender priorities and consequences associated with ageing, which require effective interventions. Acupuncture is used worldwide and its evidence base is increasing on both mechanisms of action and its effectiveness in clinical care. Although acupuncture may be a valuable addition to healthcare for some conditions, it is rarely fully integrated into mainstream Western medicine clinical practice...
2017: Journal of Zhejiang University. Science. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270938/acupuncture-attenuates-renal-sympathetic-activity-and-blood-pressure-via-beta-adrenergic-receptors-in-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
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Jing-Wen Yang, Yang Ye, Xue-Rui Wang, Fang Li, Ling-Yong Xiao, Guang-Xia Shi, Cun-Zhi Liu
The sympathetic nervous system, via epinephrine and norepinephrine, regulates β-adrenergic receptor (β-AR) expression, and renal sympathetic activation causes sustained increases in blood pressure by enhanced renin release. In this study, we aim to investigate the effect and underlying mechanism of acupuncture at Taichong (LR3) on renal sympathetic activity in spontaneously hypertensive rats. Unanesthetized rats were subject to daily acupuncture for 2 weeks. Mean blood pressure (MBP) and heart rate variability (HRV) were monitored at days 0, 7, and 14 by radiotelemetry...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265852/evidence-and-expert-opinions-dry-needling-versus-acupuncture-ii-the-american-alliance-for-professional-acupuncture-safety-aapas-white-paper-2016
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REVIEW
Arthur Yin Fan, Jun Xu, Yong-Ming Li
In the United States and other Western countries, dry needling has been a topic in academic and legal fields. This White Paper is to provide the authoritative information of dry needling versus acupuncture to academic scholars, healthcare professionals, administrators, policymakers, and the general public by providing the authoritative evidence and expertise regarding critical issues of dry needling and reaching a consensus. We conclude that Dr. Travell, Dr. Gunn, Dr. Baldry and others who have promoted dry needling by simply rebranding (1) acupuncture as dry needling and (2) acupuncture points as trigger points (dry needling points)...
February 2017: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243308/application-of-traditional-chinese-medicine-in-treatment-of-atrial-fibrillation
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REVIEW
Yan Dong, Jiangquan Liao, Kuiwu Yao, Wenrui Jiang, Jie Wang
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia, which is related to many cardiac and cerebral vascular diseases, especially stroke. It can therefore increase cardiovascular mortality and all-cause death. The current treatments of AF remain to be western drugs and radiofrequency ablation which are limited by the tolerance of patients, adverse side effects, and high recurrence rate, especially for the elderly. On the contrary, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) with long history of use involves various treatment methods, including Chinese herbal medicines (CHMs) or bioactive ingredients, Chinese patent medicines, acupuncture, Qigong, and Tai Chi Chuan...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236616/nuclear-factor-kb-and-inhibitor-of-kb-acupuncture-protection-against-acute-focal-cerebral-ischemia-in-rodents
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Wei Huang, Zhongyu Zhou, Bijiang Wan, Guang Chen, Jia Li
Context • Acute, focal, cerebral ischemic stroke is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Acupuncture is an emerging alternative therapy for treatment of acute brain ischemia. Nevertheless, the precise mechanism underlying the neuroprotective effects of acupuncture has not been elucidated. Nuclear factor κB (NF-κB) and nuclear factor of κ light polypeptide gene enhancer in B cell inhibitor alpha (IκB-α) are involved in cerebral inflammation. However, the involvement of NF-κB and IκB-α in the protective effects of acupuncture on ischemic tolerance remains unknown...
February 27, 2017: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214637/unforgettable-ups-and-downs-of-acupuncture-anesthesia-in-china
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REVIEW
Lei Jin, Jin-Song Wu, Gong-Bai Chen, Liang-Fu Zhou
Acupuncture Anesthesia originated from the pain relief and pain prevention theory in acupuncture and moxibustion. This technique is a new exploration of anesthesiology and an original achievement of China, representing a landmark combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Western medicine. Acupuncture Anesthesia was initiated in 1958, and, reflecting the historical background of China after the 1960s, the use of this technique widely spread throughout the country. Reaching other countries after 1971, Acupuncture Anesthesia made a significant impact, drawing attention from medical academia worldwide...
February 15, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018479/acupuncture-as-an-intervention-to-reduce-alcohol-dependency-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Charlotte Southern, Charlie Lloyd, Jianping Liu, Congcong Wang, Tingting Zhang, Martin Bland, Hugh MacPherson
BACKGROUND: Acupuncture has been widely used as a treatment for alcohol dependence. An updated and rigorously conducted systematic review is needed to establish the extent and quality of the evidence on the effectiveness of acupuncture as an intervention for reducing alcohol dependence. This review aimed to ascertain the effectiveness of acupuncture for reducing alcohol dependence as assessed by changes in either craving or withdrawal symptoms. METHODS: In this systematic review, a search strategy was designed to identify randomised controlled trials (RCTs) published in either the English or Chinese literature, with a priori eligibility criteria...
2016: Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004301/evidence-and-expert-opinions-dry-needling-versus-acupuncture-i-the-american-alliance-for-professional-acupuncture-safety-aapas-white-paper-2016
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Arthur Yin Fan, Jun Xu, Yong-Ming Li
In the last twenty years, in the United States and other Western countries, dry needling (DN) became a hot and debatable topic, not only in academic but also in legal fields. This White Paper is to provide the authoritative information of DN versus acupuncture to academic scholars, healthcare professional administrators, lawmakers, and the general public through providing the authoritative evidence and experts' opinions regarding critical issues of DN versus acupuncture, and then reach consensus. DN is the use of dry needles alone, either solid filiform acupuncture needles or hollow-core hypodermic needles, to insert into the body for the treatment of muscle pain and related myofascial pain syndrome...
January 2017: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27978835/activation-of-hippocampal-mek1-contributes-to-the-cumulative-antinociceptive-effect-of-electroacupuncture-in-neuropathic-pain-rats
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Yong-Hui Gao, Cheng-Wen Li, Jun-Ying Wang, Yu Kan, Lian-Hong Tan, Xiang-Hong Jing, Jun-Ling Liu
BACKGROUND: Electroacupuncture (EA) intervention can relieve a variety of pain; however, optimal EA protocols have not been clearly determined. In addition, although central mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase (MEK) signaling has been shown to be involved in the antinociceptive effect of acupuncture stimulation, its characteristics at different time-points of EA intervention have not been fully elucidated. Therefore, the present study investigated the relationship between the effects of different numbers of EA intervention sessions and the activation of MEK1 in the hippocampus and hypothalamus in a rat model of neuropathic pain...
December 15, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27966183/electro-acupuncture-at-acupoint-st36-ameliorates-inflammation-and-regulates-th1-th2-balance-in-delayed-type-hypersensitivity
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Zhigang Wang, Tao Chen, Man Long, Longyun Chen, Lei Wang, Nina Yin, Zebin Chen
Increasing evidence indicates anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory effects of electro-acupuncture (EA) therapy. However, its underlying mechanism on delayed-type hypersensitivity (DTH), a classic allergic inflammatory disease, still remains unclear. In this study, we aimed to explore the immunomodulatory mechanism of EA intervention in a mouse model of ovalbumin (OVA)-induced DTH. Mice were randomly divided into four groups: Control, OVA-DTH, DTH + EA, DTH + Sham. "Zusanli" acupoint (ST36) was used for DTH + EA, whereas a non-acupoint (localized 5 mm below the "Zusanli" acupoint) was selected for DTH + Sham...
April 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965830/western-medical-acupuncture-in-a-group-setting-for-knee-osteoarthritis-results-of-a-pilot-randomised-controlled-trial
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Adrian White, Liz Tough, Vicky Eyre, Jane Vickery, Anthea Asprey, Cath Quinn, Fiona Warren, Colin Pritchard, Nadine E Foster, Rod S Taylor, Martin Underwood, Paul Dieppe
BACKGROUND: Evidence suggests acupuncture may be effective for treating the symptoms of knee osteoarthritis. Offering this in a group setting may offer cost savings. The aim of this study was to establish the feasibility of a definitive trial to assess the clinical and cost-effectiveness of Western medical acupuncture given in groups, or given individually, for adults with severe knee pain attributable to osteoarthritis. METHODS: A pilot randomised controlled trial (RCT) was conducted...
2016: Pilot and Feasibility Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965256/traditional-chinese-acupuncture-versus-minimal-acupuncture-for-mild-to-moderate-knee-osteoarthritis-a-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-pilot-trial
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Ning Sun, Guang-Xia Shi, Jian-Feng Tu, Yong-Ting Li, Li-Wen Zhang, Yan Cao, Yi Du, Jing-Jie Zhao, Da-Chang Xiong, Hai-Kun Hou, Cun-Zhi Liu
INTRODUCTION: Knee osteoarthritis (KOA) is one of the most common musculoskeletal disorders. Acupuncture is a popular form of complementary medicine for musculoskeletal conditions, although the evidence is inconclusive. Our objective is to evaluate the efficacy of traditional Chinese acupuncture for pain relief and function improvement in mild-to-moderate knee osteoarthritis (TCAKOA) participants. METHODS/ANALYSIS: 42 patients will be recruited who have been diagnosed with mild-to-moderate KOA and randomly allocated in equal proportions to traditional Chinese acupuncture or minimal acupuncture...
December 13, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933511/appraisal-of-the-quality-and-contents-of-clinical-practice-guidelines-for-hypertension-management-in-chinese-medicine-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Ya Yuwen, Xue-Jie Han, Wei-Liang Weng, Xue-Yao Zhao, Yu-Qi Liu, Wei-Qiang Li, Da-Sheng Liu, Yan-Ping Wang, Ai-Ping Lu
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the quality and consistency of recommendations in the clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) for hypertension in Chinese medicine (CM). METHODS: CM CPGs were identified from 5 electronic databases and hand searches through related handbooks published from January 1990 to December 2013. Three reviewers independently appraised the CPGs based on the Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation (AGREE II) instrument, and compared the CPGs' recommendations on CM syndrome pattern classification and treatment...
December 9, 2016: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
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