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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-drying-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...
December 21, 2016: 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...
December 13, 2016: 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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930657/the-effects-of-auricular-electro-acupuncture-on-ameliorating-the-dysfunction-of-interstitial-cells-of-cajal-networks-and-nnosmrna-expression-in-antrum-of-stz-induced-diabetic-rats
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Huan Chen, Weijian Zhu, Jing Lu, Jinqing Fan, Luning Sun, Xiaoke Feng, Hao Liu, Zhaohui Zhang, Yongqing Wang
BACKGROUD: Interstitial cells of Cajal (ICCs) and nNOS play a crucial role in diabetic gastrointestinal dysmotility(DGD). Our previous study found that electro-acupuncture(EA) on ear point 'stomach' could repair the gastric dysrhythmias in rats induced by rectal distention(RD) after meal. However, little were known about the possible effect of auricular electro-acupuncture (AEA) on diabetic rats. Thus, we designed this study to investigate the effect of AEA on streptozotocin(STZ)-induced diabetic rats...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912957/acupuncture-and-related-techniques-during-perioperative-period-a-literature-review
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REVIEW
H Volkan Acar
Acupuncture has been used in the Far East for more than 2000 years. Since the early 1970s, this technique has been gaining popularity among Western medical community. A number of studies suggest that its mechanism of effect can be explained in biomedical terms. In this context, a number of transmitters and modulators including beta-endorphin, serotonin, substance P, interleukins, and calcitonin gene-related peptide are released. For that reason, acupuncture can be used in a wide variety of clinical conditions...
December 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900606/evidence-based-therapies-of-chinese-medicine-for-chronic-urticaria-where-do-we-stand-and-where-are-we-going
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Yong-Ming Wang, Lin Du, Yuan-Jie Zhu
Chronic urticaria (CU) is characterized by repeated occurrence of wheals or itching for more than 6 weeks. When urticaria symptoms repeatedly occur despite taking Western medicines such as antihistamines, Chinese medicine (CM) has been shown to relieve symptoms and prevent recurrence. However, the lack of robust evidence from the evidence-based medicine perspective is hindering acceptance of CM by the Western medicine community. In recent years, more and more evidence-based studies of CU treatment by CM were report in English literatures, including acupuncture, herbs, and food, although some of evidence is still with low quality...
November 29, 2016: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852717/efficacy-of-acupuncture-for-degenerative-lumbar-spinal-stenosis-protocol-for-a-randomised-sham-acupuncture-controlled-trial
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Zongshi Qin, Yulong Ding, Jiani Wu, Jing Zhou, Likun Yang, Xiaoxu Liu, Zhishun Liu
INTRODUCTION: Degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis (DLSS) is a major public health problem and the primary reason why older adults seek lumbar spine surgery. Acupuncture may be effective for DLSS, but the evidence supporting this possibility is still limited. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: A total of 80 participants with DLSS will be randomly allocated to either an acupuncture group or a sham acupuncture (SA) group at a ratio of 1:1. 24 treatments will be provided over 8 weeks...
November 16, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27844281/novel-neuroprotective-effects-of-melanin-concentrating-hormone-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Ji-Yeun Park, Seung-Nam Kim, Junsang Yoo, Jaehwan Jang, Ahreum Lee, Ju-Young Oh, Hongwon Kim, Seung Tack Oh, Seong-Uk Park, Jongpil Kim, Hi-Joon Park, Songhee Jeon
Acupuncture has shown the therapeutic effect on various neurodegenerative disorders including Parkinson's disease (PD). While investigating the neuroprotective mechanism of acupuncture, we firstly found the novel function of melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH) as a potent neuroprotective candidate. Here, we explored whether hypothalamic MCH mediates the neuroprotective action of acupuncture. In addition, we aimed at evaluating the neuroprotective effects of MCH and elucidating underlying mechanism in vitro and in vivo PD models...
November 14, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27812501/repeated-acupuncture-treatments-modulate-amygdala-resting-state-functional-connectivity-of-depressive-patients
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Xiaoyun Wang, Zengjian Wang, Jian Liu, Jun Chen, Xian Liu, Guangning Nie, Joon-Seok Byun, Yilin Liang, Joel Park, Ruiwang Huang, Ming Liu, Bo Liu, Jian Kong
As a widely-applied alternative therapy, acupuncture is gaining popularity in Western society. One challenge that remains, however, is incorporating it into mainstream medicine. One solution is to combine acupuncture with other conventional, mainstream treatments. In this study, we investigated the combination effect of acupuncture and the antidepressant fluoxetine, as well as its underlying mechanism using resting state functional connectivity (rsFC) in patients with major depressive disorders. Forty-six female depressed patients were randomized into a verum acupuncture plus fluoxetine or a sham acupuncture plus fluoxetine group for eight weeks...
2016: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27800006/the-effect-of-repeated-electroacupuncture-analgesia-on-neurotrophic-and-cytokine-factors-in-neuropathic-pain-rats
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Junying Wang, Yonghui Gao, Shuping Chen, Chenlin Duanmu, Jianliang Zhang, Xiumei Feng, Yaxia Yan, Junling Liu, Gerhard Litscher
Chronic pain is a common disability influencing quality of life. Results of previous studies showed that acupuncture has a cumulative analgesic effect, but the relationship with spinal cytokines neurotrophic factors released by astrocytes remains unknown. The present study was designed to observe the effect of electroacupuncture (EA) treatment on spinal cytokines neurotrophic factors in chronic neuropathic pain rats. The chronic neuropathic pain was established by chronic constrictive injury (CCI). EA treatment was applied at Zusanli (ST36) and Yanglingquan (GB34) (both bilateral) once a day, for 30 min...
2016: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27776762/soluble-n-ethylmaleimide-sensitive-factor-attachment-receptor-snare-protein-involved-in-the-remission-of-depression-by-acupuncture-in-rats
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Ling Fan, Zhao Chen, Wenbin Fu, Nenggui Xu, Jianhua Liu, Aiping Lu, Ziping Li, Shengyong Su, Taixiang Wu, Aihua Ou
This study aims to investigate the molecular mechanisms of acupuncture in the remission of depression. A depressive disorder model was induced by exposing Sprague-Dawley rats to chronic unpredictable stress. The rats were divided into five groups: healthy (blank group) and stressed rats (model group), and stressed rats treated with acupuncture (acupuncture group), riluzole (riluzole group), acupuncture combined with botulinum toxin A (BTX-A) injection (acupuncture+BTX-A group) or riluzole combined with BTX-A injection (riluzole+BTX-A group)...
October 2016: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27776494/moxibustion-treatment-for-diarrhea-predominant-irritable-bowel-syndrome-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Chunhui Bao, Jingzhi Zhang, Jinmei Liu, Huirong Liu, Luyi Wu, Yin Shi, Jing Li, Zhihai Hu, Yongzheng Dong, Siyao Wang, Xiaoqing Zeng, Huangan Wu
BACKGROUND: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a worldwide disease with high morbidity. The effect of current treatment with Western medicine is not satisfactory. Although moxibustion treatment is widely used for gastrointestinal diseases, randomized controlled trials on the use of this treatment for IBS are limited. This study aims to evaluate the clinical efficacy and safety of moxibustion treatment in patients with diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-D). METHODS/DESIGN: A multi-center, randomized, single-blind and placebo-controlled trial is employed...
October 24, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27768943/state-risk-discourse-and-the-regulatory-preservation-of-traditional-medicine-knowledge-the-case-of-acupuncture-in-ontario-canada
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Nadine Ijaz, Heather Boon, Linda Muzzin, Sandy Welsh
Several United Nations bodies have advised countries to actively preserve Traditional Medicine (TM) knowledge and prevent its misappropriation in regulatory structures. To help advance decision-making around this complex regulatory issue, we examine the relationship between risk discourse, epistemology and policy. This study presents a critical, postcolonial analysis of divergent risk discourses elaborated in two contrasting Ontario (Canada) government reports preceding that jurisdiction's regulation of acupuncture, the world's most widely practised TM therapy...
December 2016: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27738449/acupuncture-alters-expression-of-insulin-signaling-related-molecules-and-improves-insulin-resistance-in-oletf-rats
#18
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27725880/influence-of-acupuncture-in-treatment-of-knee-osteoarthritis-and-cartilage-repairing
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Yan Zhang, Fei Bao, Yan Wang, Zhihong Wu
As two major non-operative methods, physiotherapy and acupuncture have been proved to be safe and effective in osteoarthritis (OA) treatment. However, only a little study focused on functions of both methods on cartilage repairing. The main goal of this research is to prove and compare effectiveness of acupuncture and physiotherapy on OA, and to explore their possible efficacy on cartilage repairing. One hundred knees of 50 participants with knee osteoarthritis (KOA) were randomly divided into acupuncture group and physiotherapy group...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27725839/acupuncture-for-tourette-syndrome-a-systematic-review
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Jinna Yu, Yongming Ye, Jun Liu, Yang Wang, Weina Peng, Zhishun Liu
Tourette syndrome (TS) is a neuropsychiatric disorder that affects both children and adults. We searched for randomised controlled trials (RCTs) using acupuncture to treat TS written in English or Chinese without restrictions on publication status. Study selection, data extraction, and assessment of study quality were conducted independently by two reviewers. Meta-analyses were performed using Review Manager (RevMan) 5.3 software from the Cochrane Collaboration. Data were combined with the fixed-effect model based on a heterogeneity test...
2016: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
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