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Impact of acupuncture on stress levels of professionals working with maltreated children
Saturday, February 25, 2017
BackgroundOccupational stress is recognised as a major risk to psychosocial wellbeing, which can undermine health.1 One of the major consequences of chronic stress is the development of the syndrome of burnout. Burnout constitutes a sense of failu...
The role of touch in acupuncture treatment
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Acupuncture is a therapeutic treatment that is characterised by the insertion of a needle at a particular location on the body. Acupuncture stimulation includes sensory-discriminative and affective-social touch dimensions. In this review, we discu...
Manual acupuncture for myofascial pain syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Saturday, February 25, 2017
ObjectiveTo assess the efficacy of manual acupuncture (MA) in the treatment of myofascial pain syndrome (MPS).MethodsWe searched for randomised controlled trials (RCTs) comparing MA versus sham/placebo or no intervention in patients with MPS in th...
Effect of minimal acupuncture for infantile colic: a multicentre, three-armed, single-blind, randomised controlled trial (ACU-COL)
Saturday, February 25, 2017
BackgroundEvidence for treating infantile colic with acupuncture is contradictory.AimTo evaluate and compare the effect of two types of acupuncture versus no acupuncture in infants with colic in public child health centres (CHCs).MethodsA multicen...
Use of acupuncture in the USA: changes over a decade (2002-2012)
Saturday, February 25, 2017
BackgroundThe use of acupuncture has gained popularity in the USA. The number of acupuncture users and licensed acupuncturists increased by 50% and 100%, respectively, between 2002 and 2012, coinciding with increasing acknowledgement of the import...
Use of X-rays to study acupuncture points of the hand: implications for education
Saturday, February 25, 2017
BackgroundLocation of traditional acupuncture points has historically been based on surface anatomical landmarks. In recent years, Western medical education has utilised X-rays1 and CT2 of cadavers to enable students to better comprehend human ana...
Reporting characteristics and risk of bias in randomised controlled trials of acupuncture analgesia published in PubMed-listed journals
Saturday, February 25, 2017
BackgroundAcupuncture analgesia has been evaluated by a number of randomised controlled trials (RCTs); however, a systematic summary of reporting quality of RCTs in this specific field is lacking.ObjectiveTo examine the reporting characteristics a...
Electroacupuncture alleviates the inflammatory response via effects on M1 and M2 macrophages after spinal cord injury
Saturday, February 25, 2017
BackgroundMacrophages/microglia are important effector cells at the site of spinal cord injury (SCI). M1-type macrophages facilitate innate immunity to remove foreign microbes and wound debris from the injury site. M2-type macrophages exhibit tiss...
Effectiveness of acupuncture in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome undergoing in vitro fertilisation or intracytoplasmic sperm injection: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Saturday, February 25, 2017
ObjectivesThe aim of this systematic review was to assess the evidence from randomised controlled trials (RCTs) on the efficacy, effectiveness and safety of acupuncture in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) undergoing in vitro fertilisa...
Effect of electroacupuncture on the expression of agrin and acetylcholine receptor subtypes in rats with tibialis anterior muscular atrophy induced by sciatic nerve injection injury
Saturday, February 25, 2017
ObjectiveTo investigate the effects of electroacupuncture (EA) on mRNA and protein expression of agrin, acetylcholine receptor (AChR)- and AChR- in a rat model of tibialis anterior muscle atrophy induced by sciatic nerve injection injury, and to e...
Can the sphenopalatine ganglion be reached by an acupuncture needle?
Saturday, February 25, 2017
BackgroundSphenopalatine ganglion acupuncture was first used for the treatment of rhinitis in the 1960s, and has been widely practised in China since the 1970s.1 2 In recent years, this technique has been reported to be effective for rhinitis in c...
Associations between maternal characteristics and women's responses to acupuncture during labour: a secondary analysis from a randomised controlled trial
Saturday, February 25, 2017
BackgroundPatient characteristics are modulators of pain experience after acupuncture treatment for chronic pain. Whether this also applies to labour pain is unknown.AimTo examine for associations between maternal characteristics and response to a...
Exploring the physiological and physical effects of acupuncture using ultrasound
Saturday, February 25, 2017
BackgroundThe physiological changes in blood flow during acupuncture needle insertion have been explored using different forms of Doppler imaging including laser Doppler perfusion imaging,1 laser Doppler flowmetry,2 and ultrasound colour Doppler.3...
Needling depth at BL52 in 13 cadavers
Saturday, February 25, 2017
BackgroundBL52 is located 3 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of the L2 vertebra. The needling pathway includes the skin, subcutaneous tissue, latissimus dorsi muscle, intrinsic muscles of the back, quadratus lumborum muscle, ...
Effects of electroacupuncture at ST25 and BL25 in a Sennae-induced rat model of diarrhoea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome
Saturday, February 25, 2017
BackgroundElectroacupuncture (EA) may have a role in the treatment of diarrhoea symptoms. Serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) is an important neurotransmitter and paracrine signalling molecule in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, which initiates ...
Effects of electroacupuncture on uterine morphology and expression of oestrogen receptors in ovariectomised rats
Saturday, February 25, 2017
AimTo observe the effects of electroacupuncture (EA) on uterine morphology and expression of oestrogen receptor (ER) α and β in ovariectomised (OVX) rats.MethodsThirty female Sprague-Dawley rats with regular 4-day oestrus cycles were di...
Contribution of adenosine to the increase in skeletal muscle blood flow caused by manual acupuncture in rats
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Background and aimAdenosine is believed to play an important role in local acupuncture analgesia. The aim of this study was to investigate the contribution of adenosine to the increase in skeletal muscle blood flow (MBF) caused by manual acupunctu...
Effects of electroacupuncture and the retinoid X receptor (RXR) signalling pathway on oligodendrocyte differentiation in the demyelinated spinal cord of rats
Saturday, February 25, 2017
ObjectivesIn spinal cord demyelination, some oligodendrocyte precursor cells (OPCs) remain in the demyelinated region but have a reduced capacity to differentiate into oligodendrocytes. This study investigated whether ‘Governor Vessel’...
Effect of transcutaneous electrical acupuncture point stimulation at different frequencies in a rat model of neuropathic pain
Saturday, February 25, 2017
BackgroundAcupuncture and related techniques are used worldwide to alleviate pain; however, their mechanisms of action are still not fully understood. In the present study, we investigated the effect of transcutaneous electrical acupuncture point ...
Therapeutic effects of dry needling in patients with upper trapezius myofascial trigger points
Saturday, February 25, 2017
BackgroundActive myofascial trigger points (MTrPs) are major pain generators in myofascial pain syndrome. Dry needling (DN) is an effective method for the treatment of MTrPs.ObjectiveTo assess the immediate neurophysiological and clinical effects ...
Factors affecting whether or not cancer patients consider using acupuncture
Saturday, February 25, 2017
ObjectiveTo explore the factors associated with utilisation of an acupuncture service in a tertiary oncology setting in an Australian public hospital.MethodCancer patients attending oncology clinics at a university teaching hospital were invited t...
Electroacupuncture ameliorates abnormal defaecation and regulates corticotrophin-releasing factor in a rat model of stress
Saturday, February 25, 2017
ObjectiveTo examine the effect of electroacupuncture (EA) treatment on abnormal defaecation in a rat model of chronic heterotypic stress (CHS) and investigate the underlying mechanisms.Methods20 male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into ...
Assessment of reporting quality in randomised controlled trials of acupuncture for post-stroke rehabilitation using the CONSORT statement and STRICTA guidelines
Saturday, February 25, 2017
ObjectivesTo evaluate the completeness of reporting of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of acupuncture for post-stroke rehabilitation in order to provide information to facilitate transparent and more complete reporting of acupuncture RCTs in t...
Electroacupuncture restores spatial learning and downregulates phosphorylated N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors in a mouse model of Parkinson's disease
Saturday, February 25, 2017
ObjectiveParkinson's disease (PD) is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. PD can be classified as idiopathic, acquired or hereditary and may be caused by various factors such as oxidative stress, loss of mitochondrial function, n...
Safety recommendations for moxa use based on the concentration of noxious substances produced during commercial indirect moxibustion
Saturday, February 25, 2017
BackgroundMoxibustion therapy has been used historically for thousands of years and there are many clinical trials supporting its efficacy and effectiveness for various conditions. Moxa smoke has been a major reason for avoiding moxibustion due to...