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Western Medical Acupuncture

Darija Mahović, Fanika Mrsić
Dear Editor, the practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine described psoriasis some 2000 years ago (1). Psoriasis vulgaris is a common, chronic inflammatory skin disease whose worldwide prevalence ranges from 0.1-3% (2,3). Understanding the role of the immune system in psoriasis and the interplay between the innate and adaptive immune system has helped to manage this complex disease, which affects patients far beyond the skin changes themselves (2). In addition to the usual and widely accepted methods of treatment of psoriasis, including topical therapies, phototherapy, and conventional and biological systemic therapies, data can be found in the literature that suggest a favorable effect of acupuncture on the course of psoriasis (4,5)...
August 2016: Acta Dermatovenerologica Croatica: ADC
Ai Yang, Hong Mei Wu, Jin-Ling Tang, Li Xu, Ming Yang, Guan J Liu
BACKGROUND: Stroke is the second most common cause of death in the world and in China it has now become the main cause of death. It is also a main cause of adult disability and dependency. Acupuncture for stroke has been used in China for hundreds of years and is increasingly practiced in some Western countries. This is an update of the Cochrane review originally published in 2006 . OBJECTIVES: To determine the efficacy and safety of acupuncture therapy in people with subacute and chronic stroke...
2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Kylie O'Brien, Daniel Weber
Chronic insomnia affects a significant proportion of the general population worldwide, and is associated with several serious medical conditions. From the Western scientific literature, hyper-arousal (on the cognitive-emotional, behavioral, autonomic, or central nervous system level) is a final common pathway involved in its pathogenesis. However, from a Chinese medicine (CM) perspective, it is the Heart, capitalized to denote the functional system as described in CM theory, that is the key organ involved in insomnia due to its role as the "seat of consciousness...
September 2016: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
Ting Lei, Evgenii Belykh, Alexander B Dru, Kaan Yagmurlu, Ali M Elhadi, Peter Nakaji, Mark C Preul
Chen Jingrun (1933-1996), perhaps the most prodigious mathematician of his time, focused on the field of analytical number theory. His work on Waring's problem, Legendre's conjecture, and Goldbach's conjecture led to progress in analytical number theory in the form of "Chen's Theorem," which he published in 1966 and 1973. His early life was ravaged by the Second Sino-Japanese War and the Chinese Cultural Revolution. On the verge of solving Goldbach's conjecture in 1984, Chen was struck by a bicyclist while also bicycling and suffered severe brain trauma...
July 2016: Neurosurgical Focus
Youkang Dong, Yi Wang
OBJECTIVE: To compare the efficacy among acupuncture based on "jin" theory, regular acupuncture and western medication. METHODS: A total of 95 cases, by using incomplete randomization method, were divided into a "jin" theory acupuncture group (32 cases), a regular acupuncture group (31 cases) and a medication group (32 cases). Patients in the "jin" theory acupuncture group were treated with acupuncture based on "jin" theory which included the "gather" and "knot" points on the affected side: positive reacted points, Fengchi (GB 20), Tianrong (SI 17), Tianyou (TE16) and Yiming (EX-HN14) as the main acupoints, while the Ermen (TE 21), Tinggong (SI 19) and Tinghui (GB 2) and zhigou (TE 6) as the auxiliary acpoints; the treatment was given once a day...
April 2016: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Xiaojun Chen, Jianqiao Fang, Yue Shang, Ruijie Ma, Zhen Fang, Lihua Xuan, Xiang Wu, Yehua Bao, Shunxi Chen
OBJECTIVE: To verify the clinical effect of the penetration acupuncture at the acupoints of governor vessel(GV) and bladder meridian on head for mild cognitive disorder after stroke. METHODS: One hundred and ten patients were randomly divided into an observation group and a control group, 55 cases in each one. Penetration acupuncture was used at the acupoints of GV and bladder meridian on head in the observation group,namely Wuchu (BL 5) to Chengguang (BL 6) and Tongtian (BL 7) to Luoque (BL 8) bilaterally, and Shenting (GV 24) to Xinhui (GV 22), Qianding (GV 21) to Baihui (GV 20), Houding (GV 19) to Qiangjian (GV 18)...
April 2016: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Chunyan Zhang, Xiaoyun Zhang, Lianbo Li, Yin Zhou
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect and safety of acupuncture combined with Jiawei Mojie tablet for the prevention of endometriosis recurrence after surgery. METHODS: One hundred and six patients after the conservative surgery against endometriosis were randomly divided into a western medication group and an acupuncture and medication group(a combination group), 53 cases in each one. In the western medication group, gestrinone was applied orally. In the combination group, acupuncture and Jiawei Mojie tablet with oral administration were adopted...
March 2016: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Linda Ld Zhong, Nan-Nan Shi, Liang Dai, Tat Chi Ziea, Bacon Ng, Xu-Dong Tang, Zhao-Xiang Bian, Ai-Ping Lu
Stomach pain in Chinese medicine (CM) is a very common disorder in clinical practice and it has been listed as one of the pilot three conditions in Hong Kong to develop evidence-based CM clinical practice guidelines (CM CPGs). The aim of this stomach Pain CPG is to summarize the treatment methods of stomach pain with CM and evaluate reasonably, then to guide local licensed CM practitioners and provide beneficial reference for social medical decision makers and patients. In this manuscript, we defifi ned stomach pain in CM and the category of chronic gastritis in Western medicine...
June 23, 2016: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
Betül Battaloğlu Inanç
Skin is the biggest and most important organ of us. It has a large surface area and it is easily accessible. While we touch skin, piezoelectric stimulation starts, fundamental property of biological tissues, pressure electrification. And after this stimulation, ferroelectric and pyroelectric effects occur. While we insert the acupuncture needle into skin, we have created a conscious trauma and damage. After this, inflammatory phase, proliferation and tissue formation phase and tissue remodeling phase start...
2016: Acupuncture & Electro-therapeutics Research
Yu-fang Lin, Zhi-dan Liu, Wen Ma, Wei-dong Shen
Insomnia is a common disease in modern society; it is made worse by increasingly fierce competition in the workplace and elsewhere, along with rapid economic and social development. Sleep disorders can result in changes in serum biomarkers and decreased immunity, and may cause maladies such as depression and cardiac diseases, as well as many other somatic symptoms. Western medications for treating insomnia can easily lead to addiction and other adverse effects. Fortunately, acupuncture can ease the symptoms of insomnia...
May 2016: Journal of Integrative Medicine
Yihui Shi, Renfu Quan, Changming Li, Liang Zhang, Mengxuan Du, Jinwei Xu, Zongbao Yang, Disheng Yang
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Acupuncture is a key part of traditional Chinese medicine, shown to induce favorable neuroplasticity for injuries in the central and peripheral nervous systems. Recent studies report elongated needle therapy (ENT) with BL54 and ST28 may restore acute spinal cord injury (ASCI). However, the precise mechanism for this has not been elucidated. AIM OF THE STUDY: In our current study, we investigated the effects of ENT on inflammation and neuronal apoptosis induced by ASCI, and whether PI3K/Akt and MAPK/ERK signaling pathways are involved in the ENT restoration effect...
July 1, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Iréne Lund, Thomas Lundeberg
INTRODUCTION: Endometriosis is a multifactorial, estrogen-dependent, inflammatory gynecological condition - often with long-lasting visceral pelvic pain of different origin, and infertility among women. Current management options for patients' are often inadequate, with side effects for many for whom acupuncture techniques could be an alternative. Earlier studies have discussed the efficacy of acupuncture, but not its methodological aspects. OBJECTIVES: To summarize the documented clinical effects of acupuncture on rated visceral pelvic endometriosis-related pain, and associated variables among individuals, within and between studied groups, and to discuss the methodological treatment aspects...
2016: Journal of Pain Research
Vinesh Godhania
A 39-year-old male with no previous medical history presented with abdominal and low back pain. Based on clinical and radiological findings he was diagnosed with L1/L2 osteomyelitis and epidural abscess. Further history taking revealed recent use of acupuncture for treatment of mechanical back pain. The patient was treated conservatively with an extended course of antibiotics, monitored with repeat MRI scans and had a full recovery with no neurological deficit. This is the first reported case of epidural abscess formation and osteomyelitis after acupuncture in the UK...
2016: Journal of Surgical Case Reports
Yilin Xie, Wenrong Wan, Yinlong Zhao, Zhiying Ye, Huiyang Chen, Xiuyu Hong, Lei Wu, Ruiwen Wang, Jingui Yang
OBJECTIVE: To explore the impacts on the life quality and the effect mechanism in the patients of allergic rhinitis (AR) treated with warm acupuncture in winter and summer. METHODS: Two hundred and forty patients of AR were randomized into a summer and winter acupuncture group, a non-summer and winter acupuncture group and a western medication group, 80 cases in each one. In the two acupuncture groups, Dazhui (GV 14), Fengmen (BL 12), Feishu (BL 13), Pishu (BL 20) and Shenshu (BL 23) were selected...
December 2015: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Sheng Chen, Jun Wang, Peng Bai, Qi Zhao, Cheng Tan, Baokai Wang, Jiaji Zhang, Jiping Zhao
OBJECTIVE: To observe the clinical efficacy and safety on moderate and severe persistent allergic rhinitis treated with acupuncture. METHODS: Sixty-six patients of moderate and severe persistent allergic rhinitis were randomized into an acupuncture group (34 cases) and a western medication group (32 cases). In the acupuncture, group, acupuncture was applied to Dazhui (GV 14), Feishu (BL 13), Pishu (BL 20), Ganshu (BL 18) and Shenshu (BL 23) in the prone, retained for 20 min; then in the supine, at Baihui (GV 20), Yintang (GV 29), yingxiang (LI20) Taichong (LR 3) and Hegu (LI 4), retained for 20 min...
December 2015: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Lixia Pei, Li Zhu, Jianhua Sun, Xiaoliang Wu, Lu Chen
OBJECTIVE: To observe the clinical efficacy on constipation predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-C) treated with acupuncture for regulating the mind and strengthening the spleen and the impacts on the quality of life in the patients. METHODS: Sixty patients of IBS-C were randomized into two groups. In the acupuncture group (30 cases), acupuncture was applied to Tianshu (ST 25), Zusanli (ST 36), Shangjuxu (ST 37), Taichong (LR 3), Sanyinjiao (SP 6), Yintang (GV 29) and Baihui (GV 20), once a day, 5 treatments a week and 4 weeks treatment as one session...
November 2015: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Yilin Xie, Wenrong Wan, Yinlong Zhao, Junjie Xie, Qiuyan Wu
OBJECTIVE: To compare the difference in clinical efficacy on bronchial asthma at chronic persistent stage between acupuncture for warming yang and benefiting qi and seretide. METHODS: One hundred and eighty patients of bronchial asthma at chronic persistent stage were randomized into an acupuncture group and a western medication group, 90 cases in each one. In the acupuncture group, acupuncture for warming yang and benefiting qi was applied at Dazhui (GV 14), Feishu (BL 13), Danzhong (CV 17), Dingchuan (EX-B 1), Jianshi (PC 5), Zhigou (TE 6), Taixi (KI 3) and Zusanli (ST 36), once every two days...
November 2015: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Qinhong Zhang, Jinhuan Yue, Zhongren Sun, Ying Lu
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study is to evaluate the efficacy and safety of acupuncture for patients with chronic knee pain. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: MEDLINE, EMBASE, CENTERAL, CINAHL and four Chinese medical databases will be searched from their inception to present. We will also manually retrieve eligible studies. Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in which acupuncture is assessed as the sole treatment or as an adjunct treatment for chronic knee pain will be included...
2016: BMJ Open
Xinghua Bai
Iran is the neighbor of western China, and is a key transport junction on ancient Silk Road. The medical communication between China and Iran dates back to the 10th century, however, according to current evidences, it is indicated that acupuncture has not been introduced to Iran until the early 1970s. Unfortunately over the last 40 years, the acupuncture in Iran has not presented great development. The history of acupuncture development in Iran implies that geographical advantage and personnel exchanges are not essential to the international exchange of acupuncture, while language and cultural background may hinder the spread of acupuncture in foreign countries...
October 2015: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Hongxing Zhang
Through collecting and sorting of works, literature and medical cases regarding professor ZHANG Tangfa, it is found that his acupuncture academic ideology and clinical treatment of syndrome differentiation can be summarized as: tracing the source and paying attention to basic theory, especially the meridian theory and conception vessel and governor vessel; focusing on acupuncture manipulation and emphasizing acupuncture basic skills; highly valuing treating spirit, acquiring and maintaining needling sensation; underlining "three differentiations" that is consisted of syndrome differentiation, disease differentiation and meridian differentiation to guide the clinical prescriptions of acupoints; exploring and ingenious use of scalp acupuncture; being concerned on research of difficult and complicated diseases; advocating comparative studies to optimize the clinical treatment plan; proposing the combination of Chinese and western medicine, including diagnosis, treatment and basic theory, to improve the clinical therapeutic effects of acupuncture...
October 2015: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
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