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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922926/acupuncture-plus-herbal-medicine-for-alzheimer-s-disease-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Simin Zhou, Lanlan Dong, Yuan He, Hong Xiao
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is associated with the unprecedented aging tendency in our world population and has become a significant health issue. The use of Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat AD has been increasing in recent years. The objective of this meta-analysis is to evaluate the effectiveness of combining acupuncture with herbal medicine to treat AD. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of acupuncture plus herbals versus treatment with western drugs for AD were retrieved from 11 databases. The data were extracted by two authors; dichotomous data were expressed as odds ratio (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs), while continuous data were calculated by mean differences (MDs) with 95% CIs...
September 18, 2017: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904553/manual-acupuncture-suppresses-the-expression-of-proinflammatory-proteins-associated-with-the-nlrp3-inflammasome-in-the-hippocampus-of-samp8-mice
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Ning Ding, Jing Jiang, Menghan Lu, Jiatong Hu, Yiyuan Xu, Xiaoxiao Liu, Zhigang Li
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of manual acupuncture (MA) on NLRP3 inflammasome-related proteins. METHODS: SAMP8 mice were randomly divided into Alzheimer's disease (AD) group, the MA group, and the medicine (M) group. Mice in the M group were treated with donepezil hydrochloride at 0.65 μg/g. In the MA group, MA was applied on Baihui (GV20) and Yintang (GV29) for 20 min and then pricked at Shuigou (GV26). The Morris water maze was applied to assess spatial learning and memory...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900460/manual-acupuncture-at-pc6-ameliorates-acute-restraint-stress-induced-anxiety-in-rats-by-normalizing-amygdaloid-noradrenergic-response
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ZhengLin Zhao, Sang Chan Kim, HongFeng Liu, Jie Zhang, YuHua Wang, Il Je Cho, Bong Hyo Lee, Chang Hyun Song, Chul Won Lee, Chae Ha Yang, RongJie Zhao, YiYan Wu
Acupuncture improves ethanol withdrawal-induced anxiety in rats in an acupoint-dependent manner. Thus, the present study investigated the effects of acupuncture on acute restraint stress- (ARS-) induced anxiety. Male rats were exposed to ARS for 3 h followed by acupuncture at either PC6 (Neiguan), HT7 (Shenmen), or a nonacupoint (tail) once a day for three consecutive days. Five minutes after the third acupuncture treatment, anxiety-like behavior was evaluated in an elevated plus maze (EPM). Additionally, plasma corticosterone (CORT) levels were measured by radioimmunoassay and the concentrations of norepinephrine (NE) and 3-methoxy-4-hydroxy-phenylglycol (MHPG) in the central nucleus of the amygdala (CeA) were determined using high-performance liquid chromatography...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889846/acupuncture-for-management-of-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-in-a-patient-with-myasthenia-gravis-a-case-report
#4
Yun Jin Kim
Myasthenia gravis (MG) is an acquired disease of the neuromuscular junctions characterized by muscular weakness and fatigue, with a prevalence of 50-125 cases per million population in western countries. In men, it usually appears after the age of 60 years, while in women, it usually appears before the age of 40 years. Long-term immunosuppression with corticosteroids is the mainstay treatment for patients with MG; however, the use of corticosteroids is a well-documented risk factor for type 2 diabetes mellitus, which has also been reported in steroid-treated patients with MG...
August 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28851961/acupuncture-for-behavioral-changes-of-experimental-depressive-disorder-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Ren-Zhong Kou, Hong Chen, Mei-Ling Yu, Tian-Cheng Xu, Shu-Ping Fu, Sheng-Feng Lu
Acupuncture is considered to be a promising alternative therapy for depression. Nevertheless, up to now, it remains controversial on the effects exerted by acupuncture on behavioral changes in depression models. Consequently, it's necessary to develop a systematic review and meta-analysis to assess the effect of acupuncture for model rats of depression. Ultimately, 90 studies involving 1861 models were identified. Behavioral indicators including the number of crossings (NC) and the number of rearings (NR) in open field test (OFT), the capacity of sucrose intake (CSI) and the rate of sucrose intake (RSI) in sucrose intake test (SIT), final weight (FW) and gain weight (GW) were employed as main outcomes in depression model rats...
August 29, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28851349/the-utilization-of-traditional-chinese-medicine-in-patients-with-dysfunctional-uterine-bleeding-in-taiwan-a-nationwide-population-based-study
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Yi-Rong Lin, Mei-Yao Wu, Jen-Huai Chiang, Hung-Rong Yen, Su-Tso Yang
BACKGROUND: Many patients with gynecological disorders seek traditional medicine consultations in Asian countries. This study intended to investigate the utilization of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in patients with dysfunctional uterine bleeding (DUB) in Taiwan. METHODS: We analyzed a cohort of one million individuals randomly selected from the National Health Insurance Research Database in Taiwan. We included 46,337 subjects with newly diagnosed DUB (ICD-9-CM codes 626...
August 29, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813550/drug-free-interventions-to-reduce-pain-or-opioid-consumption-after-total-knee-arthroplasty-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Dario Tedesco, Davide Gori, Karishma R Desai, Steven Asch, Ian R Carroll, Catherine Curtin, Kathryn M McDonald, Maria P Fantini, Tina Hernandez-Boussard
Importance: There is increased interest in nonpharmacological treatments to reduce pain after total knee arthroplasty. Yet, little consensus supports the effectiveness of these interventions. Objective: To systematically review and meta-analyze evidence of nonpharmacological interventions for postoperative pain management after total knee arthroplasty. Data Sources: Database searches of MEDLINE (PubMed), EMBASE (OVID), Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Web of Science (ISI database), Physiotherapy Evidence (PEDRO) database, and ClinicalTrials...
August 16, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810342/-study-on-the-excavated-wooden-carved-acupuncture-statue-of-the-western-han-dynasty-in-laoguanshan
#8
L X Huang
The painted red lines on the wooden carved acupuncture statue of Western Han Dynasty in Laoguanshan, illustrate the running courses of the"eleven meridians"on the body surface in the early meridian doctrine. The carved white lines show the body surface running courses of the"twelve meridians"in the meridian doctrine and the Sanjiao images in Sanjiao doctrine. The dots on the wooden carved acupuncture statue are of two categories, one of them is of regulatory, round and concave spots, which are carved before the process of lacquer undercoat...
May 28, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Shi za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Medical History
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794663/physician-perspectives-on-education-training-and-implementation-of-complementary-and-alternative-medicine
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Sejal J Patel, Kathi J Kemper, Joseph P Kitzmiller
Over recent decades, the demand for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has continued to rise in the US. Like the practice of traditional Western medicine, CAM is associated with not only significant health benefits but also significant risks. Unlike traditional Western medicine, however, much of CAM use is less regulated and often occurs unbeknownst to a patient's medical doctor. The use of herbals, dietary supplements, and over-the-counter (OTC) medications can result in adverse effects, and many significant interactions can occur when their use is combined with allopathic medications...
2017: Advances in Medical Education and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762132/electro-acupuncture-at-governor-vessel-improves-neurological-function-in-rats-with-spinal-cord-injury
#10
Wen-Zhan Tu, Song-He Jiang, Li Zhang, Si-Si Li, Peng-Peng Gu, Rong He, Jie Hu, Li-Ping Gao, Qiang-San Sun
OBJECTIVE: To determine the effects of electro-acupuncture (EA) at Governor Vessel (GV) on the locomotor function in spinal cord injury (SCI) rats and explore the underlying mechanism. METHODS: Thirtytwo male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into four groups namely: the sham group (with sham operation); the untreated group (without treatment after spinal cord impact); the EA-1 group [EA applied at Baihui (GV 20) and Fengfu (GV 16) after spinal cord impact] and the EA-2 group [with EA applied at Dazhui (GV 14) and Mingmen (GV 4) after spinal cord impact]...
July 31, 2017: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761498/tranquilizing-and-allaying-excitement-needling-method-affects-bdnf-and-syp-expression-in-hippocampus
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Peng Zheng, Xiaohong Xu, Hongyan Zhao, Tingting Lv, Bailin Song, Fuchun Wang
Sleep disorder is a state of sleep loss caused by various reasons, which leads to a series of changes, such as emotion, learning and memory, and immune function. "Tranquilizing and allaying excitement" was widely used in clinical treatment of insomnia; however, the mechanism was still not very clear. We randomly divided rats into three groups: control group, sleep deprivation group, and acupuncture treatment group. We observed BDNF and SYP expression in hippocampus in these three groups. Both protein contents and mRNA contents of BDNF and SYP were measured by western blot, immunohistochemistry, and RT-PCR analysis...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712474/postherpetic-neuralgia-practical-experiences-return-to-traditional-chinese-medicine
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REVIEW
Majid Avijgan, Seyedeh Tahoora Hajzargarbashi, Aliasghar Kamran, Mahtab Avijgan
Post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) is a complication of herpes zoster that can cause different types of pain in the affected area. It often occurs mainly in severe cases of herpes zoster. The problem is defined as a persisting pain for 90-120 days after relieving of acute phase of herpes lesions. This complication causes suffering in patients and reduces the quality of life. In western medicine's viewpoints, PHN is due to disturbance in local and dermatomal nerves. There are several topical and systemic drugs that are used to manage the pain relief...
June 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693531/warm-needling-acupuncture-and-medicinal-cake-separated-moxibustion-for-hyperlipidemia-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Mailan Liu, Qian Zhang, Shan Jiang, Mi Liu, Guoshan Zhang, Zenghui Yue, Qin Chen, Jie Zhou, Yifan Zou, Dan Li, Mingzhu Ma, Guobin Dai, Huan Zhong, Zhihong Wang, Xiaorong Chang
BACKGROUND: Acupuncture and moxibustion has been widely applied to hyperlipidemia treatment in clinical practice in China, serving as an alternative treatment to statins. Warm-needling acupuncture and medicinal cake-separated moxibustion have been separately reported with potential therapeutic effects on hyperlipidemia treatment in several studies but with limitations in study methodology. Combining these two modalities may provide a more advantageous strategy in treating hyperlipidemia...
July 10, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689187/acupuncture-for-the-treatment-of-gastro-oesophageal-reflux-disease-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Jiajie Zhu, Yu Guo, Shan Liu, Xiaolan Su, Yijie Li, Yang Yang, Liwei Hou, Guishu Wang, Jiaxin Zhang, Jiande Jd Chen, Qingguo Wang, Ruhan Wei, Wei Wei
BACKGROUND: Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) is one of the most common diseases presenting to gastroenterology clinics. Acupuncture is widely used as a complementary and alternative treatment for patients with GORD. OBJECTIVE: To explore the effectiveness of acupuncture for the treatment of GORD. METHODS: Four English and four Chinese databases were searched through June 2016. Randomised controlled trials investigating the effectiveness of manual acupuncture or electroacupuncture (MA/EA) for GORD versus or as an adjunct to Western medicine (WM) were selected...
July 8, 2017: Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672928/mechanism-of-mongolian-medical-warm-acupuncture-in-treating-insomnia-by-regulating-mir-101a-in-rats-with-insomnia
#15
Agula Bo, Lengge Si, Yuehong Wang, Lidao Bao, Hongwei Yuan
MicroRNAs (miRNAs or miRs) and the target genes before and after warm acupuncture at the genetic level were assessed, and the cytokines and neurotransmitters related to insomnia were studied. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were used to create PCPA insomnia rat models and randomly divided into the normal, model, warm acupuncture, and drug groups. The Dinghui Acupoint, Heyi Acupoint, and Xin Acupoint were inserted in the Mongolian medicine warm acupuncture group. The differential expression profile of microRNA in the brain tissue of the insomnia rats was determined before and after Mongolian medicine warm acupuncture for establishment of miR-101a mimics and inhibitor...
July 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659162/acupuncture-paired-with-herbal-medicine-for-prediabetes-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#16
Xinger Li, Haiyan Liu, Huiping Feng, Zhongren Xian, Yanhong Chen, Jianping Chen, Chunzhi Tang, Xinsheng Lai, Xiaoling Lan, Huanzhen Huang, Dongdong Yu
BACKGROUND: Type-2 diabetes has become a major disease and is known to seriously impair people's health worldwide. Prediabetes includes impaired fasting glucose (IFG) and impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) and is the most critical period for preventing type-2 diabetes, as it can be identified and reversed. Studies in the past decade have indicated that acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine may be beneficial for treating prediabetes. However, a randomized controlled trial (RCT) should be conducted to obtain more clinical evidence on this topic...
June 28, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655706/knowledge-of-and-willingness-to-try-acupuncture-for-postoperative-nausea-and-vomiting-an-australian-survey-of-surgical-patients
#17
Evan M Weeks, Jane Trinca, Zhen Zheng
INTRODUCTION: Level 1 evidence supports the use of acupuncture as a safe and effective treatment for postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV). However, to date, very few hospitals in Western countries have incorporated this technique into their management strategies. OBJECTIVE: To conduct a survey to establish patients’ knowledge and opinions of acupuncture as a treatment option for the management of PONV in a large Western teaching hospital that did not offer acupuncture...
June 27, 2017: Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627669/recovery-of-spinal-cord-injury-following-electroacupuncture-in-rats-through-enhancement-of-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling
#18
Junfeng Zhang, Shisheng Li, Yaochi Wu
Electroacupuncture (EA) has been demonstrated to promote the functional recovery of neurons following spinal cord injury (SCI); however, the mechanisms underlying its effects have yet to be elucidated. The Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway has been implicated in the regulation of the balance between growth, proliferation and differentiation of neural precursor cells. The present study aimed to investigate the effects of EA therapy on Wnt/β‑catenin‑regulated gene expression and neuronal recovery in rats with SCI...
August 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619309/scalp-acupuncture-attenuates-neurological-deficits-in-a-rat-model-of-hemorrhagic-stroke
#19
Hao Liu, Xiaowei Sun, Wei Zou, Mengtong Leng, Beng Zhang, Xiaoyu Kang, Tao He, Hui Wang
BACKGROUND: Hemorrhagic stroke accounts for approximately 15% of all stroke cases, and is associated with high morbidity and mortality. Limited human studies suggested that scalp acupuncture could facilitate functional recovery after cerebral hemorrhage. In the current study, we used an animal model of cerebral hemorrhage to examine the potential effects of scalp acupuncture. METHODS: Adult male Sprague-Dawley rats received autologous blood (50μL) into the right caudate nucleus on the right side under pentobarbital anesthesia, and then received scalp acupuncture (DU20 through GB7 on the lesion side) or sham acupuncture (1cm to the right side of the acupoints) (n=10 per group)...
June 2017: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595441/healing-spirituality-and-integrative-medicine
#20
David M Steinhorn, Jana Din, Angela Johnson
Spirituality plays a prominent role in the lives of most palliative patients whether or not they formally adhere to a specific religion and belief. As a result, the palliative care team is frequently called upon to support families who are experiencing their "dark night of the soul" and struggling to make sense of their lives during a healthcare crisis. While conventional religious practices provide a source of comfort and guidance for many of our patients, a significant number of our patients do not have a strong religious community to which to turn...
May 22, 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
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