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Use of herbal medicine during pregnancy among women with access to public healthcare in Nairobi, Kenya: a cross-sectional survey
This study aimed to determine the pattern of use of herbal medicine in an urban setting, where women have relatively high access to public healthcare. Methods: This cross-sectional study included 333 women attending a childcare clinic in a district public health hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, during January and February, 2012, and who had delivered a baby within the past 9 months. Qualitative and quantitative data on herbal medicine use during their latest pregnancy were collected through an interviewer-administered questionnaire. Data was analysed descriptively and the Chi square test and Fishers' exact test used to analyse ...
Source: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine - November 4, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Mamothena Mothupi Source Type: research

Summary of the findings of the International Collaboration on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Prognosis
In 2004, the WHO Collaborating Centre for Neurotrauma, Prevention, Management and Rehabilitation Task Force published the first large systematic review and best evidence synthesis on the clinical course and prognosis for recovery after MTBI. Ten years later, the International Collaboration on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Prognosis (ICoMP) formed to update the original WHO Task Force results. This summary review highlights important clinical findings from the full ICoMP results including the current evidence on the course and prognosis of recovery after MTBI in diverse patient populations (e.g., adults, athletes and children...
Source: Chiropractic and Osteopathy - November 4, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: James DonovanCarol CancelliereJ Cassidy Source Type: research

Sensorimotor Control During Peripheral Muscle Vibration: An Experimental Study
The aims of this study were to determine whether the application of vibration on a postural lower limb muscle altered the sensorimotor control of its joint as measured by isometric force production parameters and to compare present findings with previous work conducted on trunk muscle. (Source: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics)
Source: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics - November 4, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Jean-Alexandre Boucher, Martin C. Normand, Éric Boisseau, Martin Descarreaux Source Type: research

Regional Lumbar Motion and Patient-Rated Outcomes: A Secondary Analysis of Data From a Randomized Clinical Trial
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship in change scores between regional lumbar motion and patient-rated pain of the previous week and back-related function in chronic low back pain patients enrolled in a randomized clinical trial and treated with either exercise therapy or spinal manipulation using 6 different motion parameters. (Source: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics)
Source: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics - November 4, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Rune M Mieritz, Gert Bronfort, Jan Hartvigsen Source Type: research

Relationship Between Chiropractic Teaching Institutions and Practice Characteristics Among Canadian Doctors of Chiropractic: A Random Sample Survey
This study also aims to identify if educational programs may be a potential source of multiple professional identities. (Source: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics)
Source: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics - November 4, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Aaron A. Puhl, Christine J Reinhart, Jon B. Doan, Marion McGregor, H. Stephen Injeyan Source Type: research

Summary of the findings of the International Collaboration on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Prognosis
Abstract In 2004, the WHO Collaborating Centre for Neurotrauma, Prevention, Management and Rehabilitation Task Force published the first large systematic review and best evidence synthesis on the clinical course and prognosis for recovery after MTBI. Ten years later, the International Collaboration on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Prognosis (ICoMP) formed to update the original WHO Task Force results. This summary review highlights important clinical findings from the full ICoMP results including the current evidence on the course and prognosis of recovery after MTBI in diverse patient populations (e.g., adults, at...
Source: Chiropractic and Manual Therapies - November 4, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Traditional knowledge of wild food plants in a few Tibetan communities
Conclusion: Tibetans have traditionally exploited few wild food plants. These mainly compensate for the lack of vegetables and fruit in traditional Tibetan diet, notably among pastoralists, and are far more important during famines as substitutes for roasted barley flour. Today few wild food plants are regularly consumed, less in the main towns and villages and moreso in remote areas and among pastoralists. Younger generations from towns have almost lost traditional botanical knowledge. Owing to modernisation and globalisation processes, many local people have specialised in collecting natural products increasingly demande...
Source: Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine - November 3, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Alessandro Boesi Source Type: research

Genetic diversity and population structure of Rheum tanguticum (Dahuang) in China
Conclusion: Genetic diversity among and within populations of R. tanguticum in China was demonstrated. (Source: Chinese Medicine)
Source: Chinese Medicine - November 3, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Xiaoqin ZhangYing LiuXuan GuZhengzheng GuoLi LiXiaona SongSiqi LiuYimei ZangYanpeng LiChunsheng LiuShengli Wei Source Type: research

International Scientific Acupuncture and Meridian Symposium 2014
Publication date: Available online 29 October 2014 Source:Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies (Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies)
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - November 3, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Placebo Acupuncture in an Acupuncture Clinical Trial. How Good is the Blinding Effect?
Publication date: Available online 20 October 2014 Source:Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies Author(s): Eliza Lai-Yi Wong , Ping-Chung Leung , Lang Zhang The purpose of this study was to look critically at the validity of the “placebo procedures” used in acupuncture studies. Twenty healthy volunteers were recruited and blinded either to genuine acupuncture or to “placebo procedures,” and they were checked to ascertain whether they could differentiate genuine punctures from placebo punctures. Each subject received paired procedures on three separate occasions. Each paired procedure included one genuine pu...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - November 3, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Acupuncture Regulates the Heart Rate Variability: A Case Report
This report describes the case of a 27-year-old femalewho had been diagnosed as havinga ventricular septal defect (VSD) and who had undergone surgery to repair that defectat the age of 11.The patient had no obvious symptoms, such as palpitations and difficulty breathing.However, during the electrocardiography(ECG) monitoring process, we found that she suffered from arrhythmia, so we treated her by using acupuncture at left PC6. An ECG monitor was usedto record data duringthe entireacupuncture procedure, which was divided into three segments: before, during, and after acupuncture. Then, various indices of heart rate variabi...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - November 3, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Primo Vascular System in Human Umbilical Cord and Placenta
Publication date: Available online 20 October 2014 Source:Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies Author(s): Bok-Soo Lee , Byung-Cheon Lee , JeongEuy Park , Hwan-Kyu Choi , Suk-Joo Choi , Kwang-Sup Soh The primo vascular system (PVS) has been observed in various animals like mice, rats, rabbits, dogs, swine, and cow, but not in human subjects. In this work, we report the observation of a human PVS that was present on the epithelial fascia of, and inside the blood vessels of, an umbilical cord. The main morphological characteristics of the primo vessels (PVs) and primo nodes (PNs) from the human umbilical cord were in...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - November 3, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Visualization of the Primo Vascular System Afloat in a Lymph Duct
Publication date: Available online 20 October 2014 Source:Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies Author(s): Sharon Jiyoon Jung , Seung-Hwan Lee , Kyoung-Hee Bae , Hee Min Kwon , Yoon Kyu Song , Kwang-Sup Soh Because of the potential roles of the primo vascular system (PVS) in cancer metastasis, immune function, and regeneration, understanding the molecular biology of the PVS is desirable. The current state of PVS research is comparable to that of lymph research before the advent of LYVE-1. There is very little knowledge of the molecular biology of the PVS due to difficulties in identifying and isolating primo endoth...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - November 3, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Acupuncture Therapy for the Treatment of Myelosuppression after Chemotherapy – A Literature Review over the Past 10 Years
Publication date: Available online 19 October 2014 Source:Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies Author(s): Hongwei Fu , Bo Chen , Shouhai Honh , Yi Guo The aim of this study is to review current studies on the effect of acupuncture therapy on bone marrow suppression after chemotherapy. The authors of the present paper have searched related literature over the past ten years at home and abroad, analyzing the features and the effects of acupuncture therapy (including acupuncture, moxibustion, point injection, point application, etc.) for treating myelosuppression after tumor chemotherapy. We also discuss the year of ...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - November 3, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Effects of Acupuncture at Zu-San-Li (ST36) on the Activity of the Hypothalamic–Pituitary–Adrenal Axis during Ethanol Withdrawal in Rats
Publication date: October 2014 Source:Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies, Volume 7, Issue 5 Author(s): ZhengLin Zhao , Bong Hyo Lee , Feng Lin , YanQin Guo , YiYan Wu , Sunghyeon In , Sang Mi Park , Sang Chan Kim , Chae Ha Yang , RongJie Zhao The current study investigated the effects of acupuncture at Zu-San-Li (ST36) on the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal axis during ethanol withdrawal in rats. Rats were intraperitoneally treated with 3 g/kg/day of ethanol or saline for 28 days. Following 24 hours of ethanol withdrawal, acupuncture was applied at bilateral ST36 points or non-acupoints (tail) for 1 minute. ...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - November 3, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Electromyographic and Strength Analyses of Activation Patterns of the Wrist Flexor Muscles after Acupuncture
This study analyzed the electromyographic and strength responses of the flexor muscles of the wrist following stimulation of acupuncture points. A total of 52 participants were randomly divided into four groups: local (heart 3, HT3), distant (heart 4, HT4), control (bladder 60, BL60), and naïve control groups. To obtain the root mean square electromyographic activity, we placed surface electrodes over the wrist flexors. To obtain kilogram force (kgf) values, we attached a force transducer to the floor and to the hands of participants. Both values were recorded over three repetitions of maximal isometric wrist flexion cont...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - November 3, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Influence of Electroacupuncture on Thermal Changes in a Soft Tissue Defect
This study investigated thermal changes in the skin at locations where soft tissue defects existed and acupuncture needles stimulated by using bipolar electroacupuncture (EA) had been inserted. Under general anesthesia (GA), experimental defects were made at the dorsum site of five New Zealand rabbits. Bipolar EA was used for 20 minutes to stimulate the experimental defects, and the skin temperature was monitored at the sites where the acupuncture needles had been inserted and the soft tissue defects existed. The initial thermography of those defects had the same trend as that of the negative pole of EA stimulation at the ...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - November 3, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Influence of Electroacupuncture on the Soft Tissue Healing Process
Publication date: October 2014 Source:Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies, Volume 7, Issue 5 Author(s): Valentin Parmen , Marian Taulescu , Ciprian Ober , Cosmin Pestean , Liviu Oana The aim of this study was to determine the effect of bipolar electroacupuncture (EA) on a soft tissue defect in rabbits. Ten clinically healthy New Zealand white rabbits were divided into two groups: the control group (Group C, n = 5) and the experimental (EA) group (Group T, n = 5). During neuroleptanalgesia, defects of soft tissue (skin and muscle) were made at the dorsum site on the rabbits in both groups, and those defects we...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - November 3, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Electromagnetic Acupuncture to Enhance the Effects of Manual Acupuncture on Recovery from Muscle Fatigue of the Quadriceps
Publication date: October 2014 Source:Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies, Volume 7, Issue 5 Author(s): Soo-Byeong Kim , Na-Ra Lee , Sun-Woo Park , Soon-Jae Ahn , Hyun Heo , Young-Ho Kim , Yong-Heum Lee The aim of this study was to investigate a new method of manual acupuncture that used a magnetic field to stimulate only one acupoint vertically. We developed an eight-channel electromagnetic acupuncture (EMA) system that uses a solenoid-type electrode to insert the manual acupuncture needle into a hole in an electrode. We used a manual acupuncture needle for magnetic induction in order to penetrate vertically and...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - November 3, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Treatment of an Elderly Patient with Acute Abdominal Pain with Traditional Korean Medicine
This study proved the potential use of traditional Korean medicine for treating abdominal pain in elderly patients. (Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies)
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - November 3, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

The Successful Treatment of Pain Associated with Scar Tissue Using Acupuncture
Publication date: October 2014 Source:Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies, Volume 7, Issue 5 Author(s): Sheng Fang In this case report, a 48-year-old female who had suffered severe scar pain for 3 months was treated with acupuncture using the Wei Ci technique (surrounding the dragon). Scar tissue usually forms after deep trauma, such as piercings, burns, and surgery, to the dermis. In Chinese Medicine, scar tissue causes local Qi and blood stagnation which lead to pain. The Wei Ci technique (surrounding the dragon) and distal points Hegu-LI-4, Taichong-LIV-3, Zusanli-ST-36 were used. The patient received a total ...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - November 3, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

A Study of Sa-Ahm's Thoughts on the Four-needle Acupuncture Technique with the Five-element Theory
Publication date: October 2014 Source:Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies, Volume 7, Issue 5 Author(s): Richard Cha , Dongwon Yoon , Jungdae Kim , Minsun Lee , Geo-Lyong Lee In order to study Sa-Ahm's underlying thoughts on the basis of Yin-Yang and the five-element theory, the 12 acupuncture meridian systems and eight extra meridian systems were investigated in detail. The clinical acupuncture points for Sa-Ahm's four-needle acupuncture technique were also reviewed. The forms of the combinations using the five Shu acupuncture points, which are based on the promotion and control cycles with tonification and sedat...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - November 3, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

International Scientific Acupuncture and Meridian Symposium 2013
Publication date: October 2014 Source:Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies, Volume 7, Issue 5 (Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies)
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - November 3, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

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Publication date: October 2014 Source:Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies, Volume 7, Issue 5 (Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies)
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - November 3, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Effect of Combined Manual Acupuncture and Massage on Body Weight and Body Mass Index Reduction in Obese and Overweight Women: A Randomized, Short-term Clinical Trial
Publication date: Available online 21 September 2014 Source:Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies Author(s): Junfeng He , Xing Zhang , Yating Qu , Huiyong Huang , Xia Liu , Jia Du , Shengtong Guo Obesity is one of the leading health risk factors worldwide and is associated with several other risk factors and health problems. Acupuncture is utilized to treat a variety of health problems, one of which is obesity. Fifty-six obese women with body mass index (BMI) ≥25 kg/m2 were recruited for this trial and were randomly divided into two groups, one with combined manual acupuncture and massage therapy (MAMT), and the...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - November 3, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Numerical Analysis of the Change in Skin Color due to Ecchymosis and Petechiae Generated by Cupping: A Pilot Study
Publication date: Available online 18 September 2014 Source:Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies Author(s): Soo-Byeong Kim , Yong-Heum Lee Cupping is one of the various treatment methods used in traditional oriental medicine. Cupping is also used as a diagnostic method and it may cause skin hyperpigmentation. Quantitative measurements and analysis of changes in skin color due to cupping are critical. The purpose of this study is to suggest an optical technique to visualize and identify changes in skin color due to cupping. We suggest the following analysis methods: digital color spaces [red, green, and blue (RGB) ...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - November 3, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Effects of Acupuncture, Core-stability Exercises, and Treadmill Walking Exercises in Treating a Patient with Postsurgical Lumbar Disc Herniation: A Clinical Case Report
This study showed that acupuncture, core-stability exercises, and treadmill walking exercises were useful in relieving pain, increasing spinal range of movement, and improving the health of a patient with postsurgical lumbar disc herniation. (Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies)
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - November 3, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Cholinergic Vasodilative System in the Cerebral Cortex: Effects of Acupuncture and Aging
This article presents a review of our studies on the cholinergic vasodilative system in the cerebral cortex in relation to the effects of acupuncture and aging. In anesthetized rats, manual acupuncture-like stimulation of the cheek, forepaw, upper arm, and hindpaw increases the cortical cerebral blood flow (CBF). The mechanism for the increased response of CBF due to forepaw stimulation has been found to be a reflex response whose afferents are Groups III and IV somatic afferent fibers and whose efferents are cholinergic fibers that originate in the nucleus basalis of Meynert. Although the cholinergic cortical vasodilation...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - November 3, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Changes in Blood Fluidity Caused by Electroacupuncture Stimulation
Publication date: August 2014 Source:Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies, Volume 7, Issue 4 Author(s): Tadashi Hisamitsu , Shintaro Ishikawa In Oriental medicine, the state of blood stagnation is called “Oketsu,” meaning preceding state or symptomatic of sickness. Acupuncture stimulation is often used clinically for the treatment of “Oketsu.” The degree of “Oketsu” is indicated by tongue color and form, swelling, paroxysmal blushing, and dark circles under the eyes. The blood's fluidity is generally thought to be a blood stagnation factor. “Oketsu” is now considered as physiological blood flow and...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - November 3, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Significance of “Deqi” Response in Acupuncture Treatment: Myth or Reality
Publication date: August 2014 Source:Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies, Volume 7, Issue 4 Author(s): Wei Zhou , Peyman Benharash Acupuncture has been practiced in China for over 2000 years to treat a variety of diseases based on the “meridian theory,” as described in the “Yellow Emperor's Classics of Internal Medicine.” Deqi refers to the excitation of qi or vital energy inside meridians by acupuncture needle stimulation. Patients often experience multidimensional and intense needling sensations such as numbness, soreness, distention, heaviness, dull pain, and sharp pain during acupuncture stimulation. ...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - November 3, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Effects and Mechanisms of Acupuncture Based on the Principle of Meridians
Publication date: August 2014 Source:Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies, Volume 7, Issue 4 Author(s): Wei Zhou , Peyman Benharash Acupuncture has been practiced in China for over 2000 years to treat a variety of diseases based on the “meridian theory” as described in the Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine. To this date, the meridian theory continues to be an important guide for traditional Chinese medicine practitioners to diagnose and treat patients. Although the meridians have not been identified reliably as actual anatomical structures, they appear to serve as a road map to identify the locatio...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - November 3, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Leech Therapy for Linear Incisional Skin-Wound Healing in Rats
Conclusion The study results showed that LT improved incisional skin-wound healing in rats. (Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies)
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - November 3, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

In Vitro Antioxidant Activity and Effect of Parkia biglobosa Bark Extract on Mitochondrial Redox Status
Publication date: August 2014 Source:Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies, Volume 7, Issue 4 Author(s): Kayode Komolafe , Tolulope Mary Olaleye , Olaposi Idowu Omotuyi , Aline Augusti Boligon , Margareth Linde Athayde , Akintunde Afolabi Akindahunsi , Joao Batista Teixeira da Rocha Aqueous-methanolic extract of Parkia biglobosa bark (PBB) was screened for its polyphenolic constituents, in vitro antioxidant activity, and effect on mitochondria redox status. The in vitro antioxidant activity was assessed by using the scavenging abilities and the reducing powers of 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl radical (DPPH) and 2...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - November 3, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Effect of Aqueous and Ethanolic Extracts of Pimpinella anisum L. Seeds on Milk Production in Rats
Publication date: August 2014 Source:Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies, Volume 7, Issue 4 Author(s): Hossein Hosseinzadeh , Mohsen Tafaghodi , Shirin Abedzadeh , Elahe Taghiabadi Pimpinella anisum L. (P. anisum) is used as a galactagogue in traditional medicine; hence, the effect of aqueous and ethanolic extracts of P. anisum seeds on milk production in rats was evaluated. The milk production was assessed by measuring the pups' weights during the suckling period. The intraperitoneal LD50 values of P. anisum aqueous and ethanolic extracts were 4.93 and 3.77 g/kg, respectively. The aqueous (1 g/kg) and ethanoli...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - November 3, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Fat Connected with the Primo Vascular System
Publication date: August 2014 Source:Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies, Volume 7, Issue 4 Author(s): Kyoung-Hee Bae , Kwang-Sup Soh (Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies)
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - November 3, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Yin and Yang Surfaces: An Evolutionary Perspective
Publication date: Available online 25 July 2014 Source:Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies Author(s): David Legge A search of the Chinese medicine literature reveals several conflicting explanations of the division of the body into yin and yang surfaces. This paper attempts to clarify this basic concept and reconcile the differing descriptions of it through an exploration of material from other disciplines. A remarkable similarity exists between the surfaces on the human body that are defined by the pathways of the yin and yang meridians and those that have evolved from the ventral and the dorsal aspects of early...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - November 3, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Successful Practice of Electroacupuncture Analgesia in Equine Surgery
Publication date: Available online 24 July 2014 Source:Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies Author(s): Eldessouky Sheta , Safwat Ragab , Haithem Farghali , Asmaa EL-Sherif Electroacupuncture analgesia was used for surgery in horses and donkeys. A KWD-808 electrical stimulator was used to incrementally induce a dense, dispersed wave output at frequencies from 20 to 55 Hz, which was maintained at a frequency of 55 Hz, and to change the amplitude of the wave to the best grading number for the suggested operation in each animal. Induction of analgesia lasted for 20–30 minutes, and the effect of analgesia was maint...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - November 3, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Evaluation of Heat Transfer in Acupuncture Needles: Convection and Conduction Approaches
This article analyzes the significance of heat transfer through needles via convection and conduction, approached by means of computational analysis. The needle is a cylindrical body, and an axis symmetrical steady-state heat-transfer model that viscosity and static pressure was not applied. This article evaluates heat transfer via acupuncture needles by using five metal materials: silver, copper, brass, iron, and stainless steel. A silver needle of the type extensively applied in acupuncture can dissipate more than seven times as much heat as a stainless steel needle of the same type. Heat transfer through such a needle i...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - November 3, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Laser Acupuncture for Treating Musculoskeletal Pain: A Systematic Review with Meta-analysis
Publication date: Available online 10 July 2014 Source:Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies Author(s): Dina Law , Suzanne McDonough , Chris Bleakley , George David Baxter , Steve Tumilty Laser acupuncture has been studied extensively over several decades to establish evidence-based clinical practice. This systematic review aims to evaluate the effects of laser acupuncture on pain and functional outcomes when it is used to treat musculoskeletal disorders and to update existing evidence with data from recent randomized controlled trials (RCTs). A computer-based literature search of the databases MEDLINE, AMED, EMBAS...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - November 3, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Repeated Electroacupuncture in Obese Zucker Diabetic Fatty Rats: Adiponectin and Leptin in Serum and Adipose Tissue
Publication date: Available online 10 July 2014 Source:Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies Author(s): Philip V. Peplow Fasted, male, obese, Zucker, diabetic fatty rats aged 10–16 weeks were anesthetized with 1% halothane in nitrous oxide–oxygen (3:1) on alternate weekdays over 2 weeks. Group 1 (n = 4) did not receive electroacupuncture (controls); Group 2 (n = 4) received electroacupuncture using the Zhongwan and the Guanyuan acupoints; Group 3 (n = 4) received electroacupuncture using the bilateral Zusanli acupoints; Group 4 (n = 6) received neither halothane in nitrous oxide:oxygen nor electroacupun...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - November 3, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Gender and Measuring-position Differences in the Radial Pulse of Healthy Individuals
Publication date: Available online 10 July 2014 Source:Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies Author(s): Yun-Kyoung Yim , Chan Lee , Hyun-Jin Lee , Kwang-Suk Park In this research, radial pulse differences according to gender and measuring positions in healthy individuals were investigated in an objective manner. A total of 372 healthy volunteers (189 males and 183 females) participated in this study. The radial pulse was measured at six different measuring positions using a multistep tonometry system. The pulse data were compared between males and females and between different measuring positions. Compared to the p...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - November 3, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Schizophrenia, Depression, and Sleep Disorders: Their Traditional Oriental Medicine Equivalents
In this study, the different traditional Oriental medicine (TOM) diagnostic patterns in patients with a Western diagnosis of schizophrenia, depression, or sleep disorders are described from a literature and a clinical perspective. The data on 30 depression and 30 schizophrenia patients from a German study are presented. Our results show that if a psychiatric group, sorted in accordance to Western diagnostic principles, is diagnosed on the basis of TOM diagnostic patterns, it can be categorized into different groups of patients with psychiatric disorders; this finding has far-reaching consequences in scientific research on ...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - November 3, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Paraclinical Investigations of Electroacupuncture Analgesia in a Rabbit Ovariohysterectomy
Publication date: Available online 24 June 2014 Source:Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies Author(s): Valentin Parmen , Cosmin Pestean , Ciprian Ober , Mircea Mircean , Liviu Oana The aim of this study is to investigate paraclinical changes in glycemia, serum cortisol, and adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) due to electroacupuncture analgesia (EAA) in a rabbit undergoing an ovariohysterectomy. Seven clinically healthy New Zealand white rabbits were used in this study. Local and systemic analgesia was represented by EAA. Blood samples were collected at preoperative, operative, and postoperative times. At the opera...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - November 3, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Nausea Control by Needling at Acupuncture Point Neiguan (PC6) During an Intraoral Impression-Taking Procedure
This study was conducted in Piracicaba, São Paulo, Brazil. The sample consisted of 33 adult volunteers with nausea, who were randomly divided into control and study groups, and treated with nonpenetrating sham acupuncture and real acupuncture, respectively, at acupoint PC6. The two groups had two maxillary impressions taken, one prior to acupuncture and the other after acupuncture. The nausea assessment was made using the visual analog scale, Gagging Severity Index (GSI), and Gagging Prevention Index. Volunteers' expectation that nausea would be reduced through acupuncture was also assessed. For statistical analysis, we u...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - November 3, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Effective Isolation of Primo Vessels in Lymph using Sound- and Ultrasonic-wave Stimulation
Publication date: Available online 23 June 2014 Source:Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies Author(s): Do-Young Park , Hye-Rie Lee , Min-Suk Rho , Sang-Suk Lee The effects of stimulation with sound and ultrasonic waves of a specific bandwidth on the microdissection of primo vessels in lymphatic vessels of rabbit were investigated. The primo vessels stained with alcian-blue dye injected in the lymph nodes were definitely visualized and more easily isolated by sound-wave vibration and ultrasonic stimulation applied to rabbits at various frequencies and intensities. With sound wave at 7 Hz and ultrasonic waves at 2...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - November 3, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Neurobiological Mechanisms of Acupuncture for Some Common Illnesses: A Clinician's Perspective
Publication date: June 2014 Source:Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies, Volume 7, Issue 3 Author(s): Kwokming James Cheng This paper presents some previously proposed neurobiological mechanisms on how acupuncture may work in some clinical applications from a clinician's perspective. For the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, the proposed mechanisms included microinjury, increased local blood flow, facilitated healing, and analgesia. Acupuncture may trigger a somatic autonomic reflex, thereby affecting the gastric and cardiovascular functions. Acupuncture may also change the levels of neurotransmitters such ...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - November 3, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Efficacy of Acupuncture versus Local Methylprednisolone Acetate Injection in De Quervain's Tenosynovitis: A Randomized Controlled Trial
This study was performed to compare the efficacy of acupuncture versus corticosteroid injection for the treatment of this disease. Thirty patients were consequently treated in two groups. The acupuncture group received five acupuncture sessions of 30 minutes duration on classic points of LI-5, LU-7, and LU-9 and on ahshi points. The injection group received one methylprednisolone acetate injection in the first dorsal compartment of the wrist. The degree of disability and pain was evaluated by using the Quick Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand (Q-DASH) scale and the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) at baseline and at 2 ...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - November 3, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research