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Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies

Fatma El-Zahraa A Mustafa
The primo vascular system (PVS) was a very important topic nowadays due to their function in transport, regeneration of tissue and help in cell migration and cancer metastasis. The PVS were detected in the different organ of the rabbit but not in the placenta. In this work, we observe the PVS inside the blood vessels of the placenta for the first time. The main characteristic futures of the primo vessels (PVs) from the rabbit placenta were in agreement with the PVS in different organs of animals, including the rod-shaped nuclei and its arrangement...
January 23, 2019: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Marzio Vanzini, Michele Gallamini Eng
Glaucoma patients can show blood flow anomalies at the eye vessels' level. A causal relationship is reasonably expected but, so far, it has not been demonstrated. Traditional Chinese medicine indicates that acupuncture can promote specific blood perfusion in specific body districts. Ninety-eight patients with open-angle glaucoma were treated with an ultralow light-level laser, according to a specific acupuncture protocol, and their blood flow was measured before and after a six-week treatment cycle. Doppler measurements showed significant modifications in both pulsatility and resistivity indexes...
December 6, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Yutan Liu, Fei Xiao, Xibin Liang
Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) is a genetic muscle disorder in which muscles of the face, shoulder blades and upper arms develop gradual and progressive weakness. There is no effective pharmacological treatment currently available for this disorder so far. We had an opportunity to treat a patient with FSHD using acupuncture. The patient was a 62-year-old female, who presented to us with symptoms as weakness in her eyes, mouth, shoulder, the upper and lower limbs. Muscle atrophy could be found in multiple area in her body including her face, shoulder, arm, chest and lower limbs, etc...
November 30, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Gholam R Raissi, Bijan Forogh, Tannaz Ahadi, Samaneh Ghahramanpoori, Pouya Ghaboussi, Simin Sajadi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Zumi Mehta, Margaret English, Cecelia Trybus, Valerie Magda, Khalid Kamal
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Libing Zhu, Yunjin Kim, Zongbao Yang
Auriculotherapy has been extensively used for chronic spontaneous urticaria in China. However, the evidence of its effectiveness and safety for the treatment of chronic spontaneous urticaria is insufficient. Hence, we conducted this study to compare auriculotherapy or auriculotherapy joint treatment with Western medicine for the cure of chronic spontaneous urticaria. This meta-analysis of seven randomized controlled trials showed that auriculotherapy or auriculotherapy joint treatment was significantly superior to Western medicine in curing clinical signs and symptoms of chronic spontaneous urticaria [odds ration (OR), 2...
December 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Foziyeh Abadi, Faezeh Abadi, Zhila Fereidouni, Mehdi Amirkhani, Shahnaz Karimi, Majid Najafi Kalyani
Anxiety is a common preoperative problem in cesarean section candidates. Nonpharmacologic anxiety control has been demonstrated to be more suitable in pregnant women. The current study was a randomized, single-blind clinical trial which evaluated the effect of acupressure on preoperative C-section anxiety. In this study, 60 patients facing surgery were randomly divided into two groups of 30 patients each. Those patients in the intervention group received simultaneous acupressure at the Yintang and HE-7 acupoints for 5 minutes before surgery, and patients in the control group received intervention at a sham acupoint...
December 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Hsiao-Neng Chen, Chau-Yi Chang, Lian-Zen Chen, Yu-Jun Chang, Jaung-Geng Lin
INTRODUCTIONS: Pneumothorax is the most frequent severe acupuncture-related adverse event occurring at the GB 21 acupoint. This study used ultrasonography (US) to measure the depth of the GB 21 acupoint in adults and assessed its applicability for ensuring safe acupuncture practices. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A US probe was used to measure the vertical depth from the skin to the pleural line of the apex of the lungs at the right and left GB 21 acupoints. The sex, age, body weight, height, and body mass index of each person were recorded...
December 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Debra R Godson, Jonathan L Wardle
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Jun-Young Shin, Sang-Heon Choi, Da-Woon Choi, Ye-Jin An, Jae-Hyuk Seo, Jong-Gu Choi, Min-Suk Rho, Sang-Suk Lee
For the connectome of primo vascular system some long-type primo vessels dyed with Alcian blue injected into inguinal nodes, abdominal node, and axially nodes were visualized, which passed over around the vena cava of rabbit. The Alcian blue dye revealed primo vessels and colored blue in the rabbit lymph vessels. The length of a long-type primo vessels was an 18 cm average, of which diameters were about 20∼30 μm, and the lymph vessels were 100∼150 μm diameters. Three different tissues of pure primo vessel, mixed primo+lymph vessel, and only lymph vessel were followed to RNA-Seq analysis by NGS...
October 27, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
T Tegiacchi
INTRODUCTION: Acupuncture had a different approaches since its beginnings. Using traditional energetic points with an interaction of 5 elements and meridian theories with manual diagnosis of tender points has been proposed. This procedure can be an effective treatment in musculoskeletal disease but its development is short. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the efficacy of energetic points of tendinomuscular meridian in the treatment of pain, quality of life and function of the knee...
October 18, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Isabella Neri, Lucrezia Pignatti, Francesca Fontanesi, Fabio Facchinetti
OBJECTIVES: Pharmacological labor induction is obtained through prostaglandins application and/or oxytocin infusion; however, the use seems to be related to fetal and maternal side effects. Traditional Chinese Medicine advocates the use of acupuncture to soften the cervix and induce uterine contractions. at which presented for The primary outcome was the rate of women admitted for labour induction in case of prolonged pregnancy at 41 + 5 weeks, and the secondary outcome was the rate of induction planning for other indications...
October 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Jádina S Vieira, Jéssica A Toreti, Ravena C de Carvalho, João E de Araújo, Marcelo L Silva, Josie R T Silva
The present study evaluates whether the injection of serotonin, acetylcholine, glutamate, bradykinin, histamine, or substance P (SP) into the Zusanli (Stomach 36, ST 36) acupoint can also produce the acupuncture-induced antinociceptive effect on inflammatory or neuropathic pain. In this in vivo experimental study, a total of 450 male Swiss mice were used. Mice were injected with saline or complete Freund's adjuvant (CFA) or subjected to sham or chronic constriction injury (CCI) surgery. After the establishment of the inflammatory (4 hours) or the neuropathic pain (3 days), the animals (n = 6) received manual acupuncture, sham acupuncture, or injection of saline, serotonin, acetylcholine, glutamate, bradykinin, histamine, or SP into the ST 36 and were evaluated for up to 24 hours...
October 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Justin Shmalberg, Huisheng Xie, Mushtaq A Memon
Equine acupuncture and herbal medicine are increasingly popular and have been anecdotally used in the treatment of a number of conditions. There is, however, a lack of data on the most commonly treated conditions in horses. The medical records of 164 horses presented exclusively for acupuncture and herbal therapy over a three-year period from October 2012 to October 2015 were evaluated from a mixed animal integrative medicine service at a veterinary academic teaching hospital. Horses were presented primarily for musculoskeletal conditions (62...
September 26, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Danielle Terra Alvim, Arthur Sá Ferreira
This study describes the reliability of pragmatic combinations of acupuncture points for lateral epicondylalgia as prescribed by physiotherapists who were experts in acupuncture. Raters (n=14; 33 to 59 years) independently prescribed acupuncture points for 30 simulated human patients with lateral epicondylalgia who were surveyed via a printed questionnaire. The frequency and cooccurrence of acupuncture points prescribed for patients with lateral epicondylitis were assessed. Absolute agreement and Light's kappa (κLight ) with 95%CI were used to quantify the interrater agreement...
August 6, 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Hu Liang Low
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Sharon Jiyoon Jung, Myung Geun Kook, Sungchul Kim, Kyung-Sun Kang, Kwang-Sup Soh
Homing of stem cells (SCs) to desired targets such as injured tissues remains a lingering problem in cell-based therapeutics. Studies on the biodistribution of intravenously administered SCs have shown the inefficacy of blood vessels as the homing path because most of the injected SCs are captured in the capillary beds of the lungs. We considered an alternative administration method using the acupuncture meridians or the primo vascular system. We injected SCs at the acupoint Zusanli (ST-36) below the knee of a nude mouse with a spinal cord injured at the thoracic T9-10 vertebrae...
August 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Rebeca Graça Costa-Cavalcanti, Danúbia da Cunha de Sá-Caputo, Eloá Moreira-Marconi, Cristiane Ribeiro Küter, Samuel Brandão-Sobrinho-Neto, Laisa Liane Paineiras-Domingos, Marcia Cristina Moura-Fernandes, João Marcelo Castelpoggi da Costa, José Maurício de Moraes Carmo, José Firmino Nogueira-Neto, Shyang Chang, Mario Bernardo-Filho
Knee osteoarthritis (KOA) is one of the most frequent noncommunicable diseases with pain associated symptoms and affects the musculoskeletal system. Various forms of treatment can be indicated, and nonpharmacological treatment is also an available option for the management of KOA individuals. For instance, auriculotherapy (AT) is one possible procedure associated with the Traditional Chinese Medicine for dealing with KOA. It is believed that the concentration of certain biomarkers could be altered in individuals with KOA after AT...
August 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Qianqian Fan, Omer Cavus, Lize Xiong, Yun Xia
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is one of the most common causes of death and disability worldwide, and it can result in both permanent disability and serial complications in patients. Research shows that patients with SCI complications are often interested in acupuncture for symptomatic relief. Therefore, the issue of physicians advising their patients regarding the use of acupuncture to alleviate SCI complications becomes pertinent. We review and summarize two types of relevant publications: (1) literature concerning acupuncture for SCI and its complications and (2) underlying mechanisms of acupuncture therapy for SCI...
August 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Rogéria Gonçalves de Carvalho Fonseca, Andréia Maria Silva, Luiza Faria Teixeira, Valéria Regina Silva, Luciana Maria Dos Reis, Adriana Teresa Silva Santos
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the effect of auricular acupoint associated with physical exercise on balance, mobility, and fear of falling in the elderly. METHOD: The study is characterized as a clinical, controlled, and randomized trial with 22 elderly people divided into two groups: kinesiotherapy group (n = 11) and kinesiotherapy/auriculotherapy group (n = 11). The instruments used for evaluation were Falls Efficacy Scale International; Berg Balance Scale, and Timed up and Go Test...
August 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
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