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Yu-Chiang Hung, I-Ling Hung, Wen-Long Hu, Ying-Jung Tseng, Chun-En Kuo, Yen-Nung Liao, Bei-Yu Wu, Ching-Chang Tsai, Pei-Yuan Tsai, Hsin-Ping Chen, Meng-Hsuan Huang, Fang-Yen Su
BACKGROUND: Gestational weight gain and weight retention at 1 year after delivery are associated with long-term obesity. We aimed to investigate the effect of laser acupuncture therapy on postpartum weight control. METHODS: We randomly assigned 66 subjects with postpartum weight retention to a laser acupuncture group and control group. The subjects were treated at acupoints including the stomach and hunger points of the ear, ST25, ST28, ST40, SP15, CV9, and SP6 by using verum or sham laser acupuncture over 5 sessions per week...
August 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Andrea Ushinohama, Bianca P Cunha, Leonardo O P Costa, Ana M F Barela, Paulo B de Freitas
BACKGROUND: Ear Acupuncture (EA) is a form of acupuncture in which needles are applied to the external ear and has been used in multiple painful conditions. Low back pain (LBP) is highly prevalent in active individuals and causes high economic burden to health systems worldwide. LBP affects the person's ability to keep balance, especially in challenging conditions. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to examine the effects of a single session of EA on pain intensity and body sway during postural tasks...
July 2016: Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy
Stefan Kurath-Koller, Jasmin Pansy, Lukas P Mileder, Georg M Schmölzer, Berndt Urlesberger, Wolfgang Raith
BACKGROUND: Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) occurs within the first days after birth in newborns of mothers with a history of drug abuse. It may also occur in newborns whose mothers are undergoing substitution therapy. OBJECTIVE: To determine the presence of active ear acupuncture points in newborn infants with NAS. METHODS: Among newborn infants with NAS admitted to the Division of Neonatology at the University Hospital Graz between March 2009 and November 2014, an acupuncture-point detector (PS3 Silberbauer, Vienna, Austria) was used to identify active ear acupuncture points...
October 2016: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
Daniela Litscher, Gerhard Litscher
This short review article presents a current overview of existing publications and scientific results regarding liquid (ear) acupuncture. The injection of liquids into defined acupuncture points of the ear is not a method commonly used in the Western world. The term liquid acupuncture has different definitions, which makes understanding each definition and differentiating one from the other difficult. General terms like pharmacopuncture, homeosiniatry, and liquid acupuncture, which all describe the method of injecting different kinds of drugs into a defined body acupuncture point, are used...
June 2016: Journal of Pharmacopuncture
Yuanyuan Jin, Ming Lu
Sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL) is an otological emergency defined as a rapid hearing loss, seriously affects patient's social life. To data, no study has reported the treatment by acupuncture alone in the acute phase. In this report, Acupuncture and Moxibustion therapy of excitation-focus transfer is outlined.The patient was a 26-year-old young woman who had an SSHL coupled with ear fullness. The patient had no past medical history, but she had undergone variable emotions and had a history of excessive noise exposure...
June 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Kun Hyung Kim, Myeong Soo Lee, Tae-Hun Kim, Jung Won Kang, Tae-Young Choi, Jae Dong Lee
BACKGROUND: People living with chronic kidney disease (CKD) experience a range of symptoms and often have complex comorbidities. Many pharmacological interventions for people with CKD have known risks of adverse events. Acupuncture is widely used for symptom management in patients with chronic diseases and in other palliative care settings. However, the safety and efficacy of acupuncture for people with CKD remains largely unknown. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to evaluate the benefits and harms of acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, acupressure, moxibustion and other acupuncture-related interventions (alone or combined with other acupuncture-related interventions) for symptoms of CKD...
2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Andrea Ushinohama, Bianca P Cunha, Leonardo O P Costa, Ana M F Barela, Paulo B de Freitas
BACKGROUND: Ear Acupuncture (EA) is a form of acupuncture in which needles are applied to the external ear and has been used in multiple painful conditions. Low back pain (LBP) is highly prevalent in active individuals and causes high economic burden to health systems worldwide. LBP affects the person's ability to keep balance, especially in challenging conditions. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to examine the effects of a single session of EA on pain intensity and body sway during postural tasks...
June 16, 2016: Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy
Danielle M Graff, Mark J McDonald
OBJECTIVES: Headache remains a frequent complaint for children presenting to a pediatric emergency department (ED). Typical treatments include oral or intravenous medications, but do not always relieve pain. An alternative intervention is auricular acupuncture. It has been shown to be effective in the treatment of migraines in adults. The objective of this study was to evaluate the utility and adverse effects of auricular acupuncture in the treatment of pediatric migraines in the ED. METHODS: This was a prospective, interventional, cohort study of patients 8 to 18 years of age...
May 2, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
T Blechschmidt, M Krumsiek, M G Todorova
BACKGROUND: The aim of this pilot study was to examine the short-term effect on visual function of acupuncture treatment in a cohort of patients with inherited diseases of the retina. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A prospective pilot study was performed on 14 patients (10 ♀, 4 ♂; mean age: 43.43 y (± 19.72 y)), with the clinically and electrophysiologically confirmed diagnosis of inherited disease of the retina. Acupuncture treatment consisted of needle application to the body and ears and was performed following a standardized protocol...
April 2016: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
Ching-Tung Kuo, Yi-Wen Lin, Nou-Ying Tang, Chin-Yi Cheng, Ching-Liang Hsieh
Ear acupuncture enhances the secretion of acetylcholine, which has anti-inflammatory effects. Here we want to investigate the effect of electric stimulation (ES) of the ears on learning and memory impairment in rats with cerebral ischemia-reperfusion injury. At 24 h after reperfusion, 2-Hz ES was applied to the ears for 20 min/day (10 min for each ear) for 7 days continuously. The step-through time of the passive avoidance test was greater in the ES group than in the control group (300.0 ± 0.0 s vs 45...
2016: Scientific Reports
Bongjun Sur, Bombi Lee, Mijung Yeom, Ju-Hee Hong, Sunoh Kwon, Seung-Tae Kim, Hyang Sook Lee, Hi-Joon Park, Hyejung Lee, Dae-Hyun Hahm
BACKGROUND: Bee venom acupuncture (BVA), a novel type of acupuncture therapy in which purified bee venom is injected into the specific acupuncture point on the diseased part of the body, is used primarily for relieving pain and other musculoskeletal symptoms. In the present study, therapeutic potential of BVA to improve atopic dermatitis, a representative allergic dysfunction, was evaluated in the mouse model of trimellitic anhydride (TMA)-induced skin impairment. METHODS: Mice were treated with 5% TMA on the dorsal flank for sensitization and subsequently treated with 2% TMA on the dorsum of both ears for an additional 12 days after a 3-day interval...
2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Pu-Wei Hou, Hsin-Cheng Hsu, Yi-Wen Lin, Nou-Ying Tang, Chin-Yi Cheng, Ching-Liang Hsieh
Auricular therapy includes acupuncture, electroacupuncture, acupressure, lasering, cauterization, moxibustion, and bloodletting in the auricle. For 2500 years, people have employed auricular therapy for treating diseases, but the methods have been limited to bloodletting and cauterization. Only after 1957, the international scientific community became aware that the map of the ear resembles an inverted fetus, its introduction has led to auricular acupuncture (AA) becoming a more systemic approach, and, following the identification and standardization of more precise points, AA has been employed in clinical applications...
2015: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Tao Yin, Jinxia Ni, Wenzeng Zhu
OBJECTIVE: To compare the effective differences between deep needling and shallow needling at three acupoints around ear for subjective tinnitus. METHODS: Fifty patients with subjective tinnitus were randomized divided into a deep needling group and a shallow needling group, 25 cases in each group. Twenty-two patients in the deep needling group and 20 patients in the shallow needling group were brought into statistic in the end. In the two groups, the three acupoints around ear and distal acupoints were both selected...
October 2015: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Kenneth Carter, Michelle Olshan-Perlmutter
Pharmaceuticals and psychotherapy are commonly used in the management of impulsivity.  The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) protocol is an adjunctive therapy that involves the bilateral insertion of 1 to 5 predetermined ear needle points. One of the main benefits reported by patients, providers, and programs utilizing NADA is the sense of stillness, centering, and well-being. The induction of this attitude is seen as contributing to improved clinical outcomes including engagement and retention...
2015: Behavioral Sciences
Jui-Fen Cheng, Chyi Lo, Ya-Ling Tzeng
Auricular acupressure is a non-invasive physiotherapy that was developed based on the traditional Chinese meridian theory. Because it is non-invasive, simple to implement, and easy to learn, and because it presents minimal side effects and may be executed independently, this therapy may be used as an alternative or auxiliary approach to symptom management as well as to self-care. The increasing support for auricular acupressure from evidence-based research in Taiwan and elsewhere offers the opportunity to include auricular acupressure as a treatment option in evidence-based nursing interventions...
December 2015: Hu Li za Zhi the Journal of Nursing
Pei-Jing Rong, Jing-Jun Zhao, Yu-Qing Li, Daniela Litscher, Shao-yuan Li, Ingrid Gaischek, Xu Zhai, Lu Wang, Man Luo, Gerhard Litscher
Treatment by auricular acupuncture has a long history. Ear-acupoint research has been advancing step by step in China and also in Europe. Auricles are rich in nerves, therefore a close relationship with different functions of the human body has been proved by the research teams of the two main authors of this article from China and Austria. In recent years, great progress has been made in the research of regulating human body functions through electroacupuncture at the auricular branch of the vagus nerve, which is part of auricular acupuncture therapy...
December 2015: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
Jingjun Zhao, Peijing Rong, Bing Zhu
Epilepsy is a group of chronic diseases characterized by recurrent and transient brain dysfunction induced by abrupt and intermittent abnormal discharge of neurons in the brain, which is difficult to be cured. Thee auricular concha are is he zone of visera in TCM auricular points, but also the innervating area of the auricular brach of the vagus nerve. Auricular acupuncture, as a special treatment, has superior therapeutic effect for epilepsy. In recent years, remarkable progress has been made in the theoretical basis and clinic application of auricular acupuncture for epilepsy, and the ear-vagus percutaneous electrical stimulation apparatus (auricular acupuncture apparatus) is developed for clinical trial researches...
August 2015: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Zhijian Peng, Hugang Shen, Jianwei Gu
OBJECTIVE: To observe the efficacy difference in the treatment of breast hyperplasia between the combined therapy of auricular point sticking and Xiaopijian and the simple application of Xiaopijian. METHODS: Ninety-one patients were randomized into an observation group (46 cases) and a control group (45 cases). In the observation group, the sticking therapy on the auricular points was applied in combination with the oral medication of Chinese herbal medicine, Xiaopijian...
August 2015: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Saina Wang, Feng Sheng, Yunhua Pan, Feng Xu, Zhichao Wang, Lei Cheng
OBJECTIVE: To compare the clinical efficacy on cervical spondylotic radiculopathy between the combined therapy of massage and magnetic-sticking at the auricular points and the simple massage therapy, and conduct the health economics evaluation. METHODS: Seventy-two patients of cervical spondylotic radiculopathy were randomized into a combined therapy group, and a simple massage group, 36 cases in each one. Finally, 35 cases and 34 cases were met the inclusive criteria in the corresponding groups separately...
August 2015: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
David A Moss, Paul Crawford
BACKGROUND: Sore throat is a common cause of pain in outpatient encounters. Battlefield auricular acupuncture (the placing of needles in specific points in the ear) is a modality used to treat acute pain associated with a variety of ailments. The aim of our study was to determine whether auricular acupuncture reduces pain, medication usage, and missed work hours when added to standard therapy in adult patients with acute sore throat. METHODS: We conducted an unblinded, pragmatic, randomized controlled trial among adult, nonpregnant patients presenting to an Air Force family medicine clinic with pain from acute sore throat...
November 2015: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
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