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Acupuncture Review

Willy E Mwangi, Eddy M Mogoa, James N Mwangi, Paul G Mbuthia, Susan W Mbugua
Aim: This was a systematic review conducted to evaluate the analgesic drugs and techniques used in the management of pain in dogs undergoing ovariohysterectomy. Materials and Methods: Systematic searches in PubMed, Google Scholar, and ScienceDirect were conducted for peer-reviewed articles written in English and published from 1995 to 2015. The key search words were dogs, ovariohysterectomy, pain, and analgesics. This was followed by a manual search of the references within the primary data sources...
December 2018: Veterinary World
Xiaolou Huang, Shuwen Guo, Fanghe Li, Xiaobo Tan, Qian Cai, Hui Wang, Panbi Chen, Guohua Wang, Xiaona Ma
BACKGROUND In traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture has been used to treat angina due to coronary artery disease (CAD). The aim of this systematic review of the literature and meta-analysis was to identify published randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that quantified the effectiveness of adjunctive acupuncture treatment in patients with angina due to CAD who were also treated with Western or Chinese medicine. MATERIAL AND METHODS A systematic review of the literature included a search of the PubMed, Embase, Cochrane library, and China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) databases, from their inception to September 2018...
February 16, 2019: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Jialei Feng, Wei Wang, Yuan Zhong, Chonghui Xing, Taipin Guo
BACKGROUND: Perimenopausal depressive disorder (PDD) is a disease that plagues many perimenopausal women. There is an urgent need for a safe way to treat the disease. With few side effects, acupuncture treatment for PDD has been gradually accepted. However, at present, the evidence is insufficient and relevant studies are not in-depth enough. The purpose of this study is to explore the efficacy and safety of acupuncture for PDD. METHODS: All randomized controlled trials articles on acupuncture treatment of PDD will be searched in databases such as MEDLINE, EBASE, Cochrane Library, Springer, World Health Organization International Clinical Trials Registry Platform, China National Knowledge Infrastructure, Wan Fang, Chinese Biomedical Literature Database, Chinese Scientific Journal Database and so on...
February 2019: Medicine (Baltimore)
Xiang-Dong Meng, Wei-Qin Gao, Ze Sun
BACKGROUND: Amiodarone and acupuncture (AA) are commonly used to treat cardiac arrhythmia (CA). The objective of this systematic review is to assess the efficacy and safety of AA for patients with CA. METHODS: Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of AA for CC will be searched from 9 databases including PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, Web of Science, Scopus, Chinese Biomedical Literature Database, China National Knowledge Infrastructure, VIP Information, and Wanfang Data from inception to February 1, 2019 without any limitations...
February 2019: Medicine (Baltimore)
Cuiling Liu, Zhiqiang Chen, Ting Li, Zhihua Yang, Qingsong Zhang, Jianping Yin, Peng Zhou, Wei Fu, BaiShu Chen
BACKGROUND: Fire-needle moxibustion (FNM) is an ancient method of external therapy that combines acupuncture with moxibustion, and has the property of high temperature resistance. Insomnia is a major public health problem and strongly associated with a high prevalence, impact on daily life, comorbidity with other disorders, and societal costs. The clinical practice demonstrates that FNM has a therapeutic effect on insomnia. Here we will provide a protocol to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of FNM for insomnia...
February 2019: Medicine (Baltimore)
Haixiong Lin, Zhiqing Zhang, Guijuan Hu, Xiaotong Wang, Chunni Lin, Yongjun Chen
BACKGROUND: Fecal incontinence is a socially and emotionally destructive condition that has a negative impact on personal image, self-confidence, and quality of life. Acupuncture is commonly used to treat chronic conditions, including fecal incontinence. However, no relevant systematic review or meta-analysis has been designed to evaluate the effects of acupuncture on fecal incontinence. METHODS: We will identify relevant randomized controlled trials (RCTs) from the Cochrane Library, Medline, Embase, PubMed, Springer, Web of Science, China National Knowledge Infrastructure, VIP Chinese Science and Technology Journals Database, Wanfang database, and clinical trial registration center from their inception to February 28, 2019...
February 2019: Medicine (Baltimore)
Stefano Maria Priola, Ali Moghaddamjou, Jerry C Ku, Shervin Taslimi, Victor Yang
BACKGROUND: Acupuncture is a common form of alternative medicine that is utilized for pain control, amongst other modalities of treatment. It is a relatively safe procedure but complications, including those of infectious aetiology, may still occur. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 47-year-old, immunosuppressed, female patient presented with fever, altered level of consciousness, dysphasia, and a left occipital subgaleal fluctuant mass following acupuncture for headaches in the same area...
February 8, 2019: World Neurosurgery
Irene X Y Wu, Charlene H L Wong, Robin S T Ho, William K W Cheung, Alexander C Ford, Justin C Y Wu, Arthur D P Mak, Holger Cramer, Vincent C H Chung
Background: An overview of systematic reviews (SRs) and a network meta-analysis (NMA) were conducted to evaluate the comparative effectiveness of acupuncture and related therapies used either alone, or as an add-on to other irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) treatments. Methods: A total of eight international and Chinese databases were searched for SRs of randomized controlled trials (RCTs). The methodological quality of SRs was appraised using the AMSTAR instrument...
2019: Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology
Hua Fan, Feng Lu, Ailing Yang, Yidan Dong, Ping Liu, Youhua Wang
Hypertension is a global health concern. Although the pharmacological treatment has obvious antihypertensive effects, there are still some limitations on management of hypertension by drug therapy alone. In recent years, the nonpharmacological therapy of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has gradually become an important mean to help the prevention and treatment of hypertension in some Eastern countries. In this review, the nonpharmacological TCM therapies, including acupuncture, tuina, Tai Chi, and auricular-plaster, are covered along with the mechanism...
2019: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
David Feinstein
The most well known forms of "energy psychology" combine cognitive and exposure techniques with the stimulation of selected acupuncture points (acupoints) by tapping on them. Most clinicians who learn and utilize an acupoint tapping protocol integrate the approach within their existing clinical frameworks rather than using it as a stand-alone therapy. The method has been highly controversial, with its efficacy, purported speed, and explanatory models all questioned. Nonetheless, its utilization within clinical settings and as a self-help method has continued to expand since it was introduced more than three decades ago...
November 25, 2018: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
Fang-Yuan Zhi, Jie Liu, Xiao-Peng Ma, Jue Hong, Ji Zhang, Dan Zhang, Yue Zhao, Li-Jie Wu, Yan-Ting Yang, Dan-Yan Wu, Chen Xie, Ling-Xiang Wu, Cui-Hong Zhang
Objectives. This systematic review aims to critically evaluate the efficacy of manual acupuncture for optic atrophy. Eight English and Chinese databases, including Cochrane Library, EMbase, PubMed, Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), Wanfang Database, China Science and Technology Journal Database (VIP), and Chinese Biomedical Literature Database (CBM), as well as ongoing trials registered with the WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform, were searched to identify eligible randomized controlled trials (RCTs) studying manual acupuncture for optic atrophy compared to medication alone...
2019: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Hantong Hu, Lifang Chen, Ruijie Ma, Hong Gao, Jianqiao Fang
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Acupuncture is increasingly used by patients with primary trigeminal neuralgia (PTN). We aimed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of acupuncture for PTN. METHODS: Seven databases were searched. Risk of bias was assessed and meta-analyses were conducted. The evidence level was assessed using Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE). RESULTS: Thirty-three RCTs were included. Meta-analysis results demonstrated that the effect of both manual acupuncture (MA) and electro-acupuncture (EA) for improving response rate and recurrence rate was more significant than carbamazepine...
February 2019: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Huimin Zhao, Dan Li, Yuling Li, Ying Yang, Yueting Liu, Jie Li, Jing Mao
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Acupuncture is widely used in the treatment of hypertension, yet its efficacy and safety for hypertension remain controversial. This overview aimed to summarize the evidence on acupuncture for hypertension. METHODS: Eight databases were searched. The Assessment of Multiple Systematic Reviews (AMSTAR) tool and the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) approach were performed. RESULTS: Fifteen systematic reviews (SRs) were identified...
February 2019: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Chun Nok Lam, Dale Murnane, Chris Ruth, Yun Kim, Chih-Ping Chou, David S Black
OBJECTIVES: Acupuncture uses needle stimulation upon the body's meridian points to alleviate physical and psychologic symptoms. In clinical practice, acupuncturists often recommend patients to attend follow-up treatment to achieve cumulative benefit over time. Adherence to acupuncture treatment was studied, and demographic and clinical factors were tested that may predict adherence. DESIGN AND SUBJECTS: A retrospective chart review at an acupuncture teaching clinic was conducted using data from 2014, where patients routinely received recommendations to return for follow-up visits to continue their management of the same health condition...
February 1, 2019: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
Fu-Ming Yang, Lin Yao, Shen-Jun Wang, Yi Guo, Zhi-Fang Xu, Chien-Hung Zhang, Kuo Zhang, Yu-Xin Fang, Yang-Yang Liu
The scientific evidence of acupuncture studies has been improved in recent years, and one of the important manifestations is that more and more acupuncture clinical trials and mechanism researches have been published in the source periodicals of Science Citation Index (SCI). This study summarized the dominant diseases of acupuncture focusing on of acupuncture efficacy and mechanisms, and discussed the existing problems, highlighting the direction of future developments. Most clinical studies were published in journals with journal impact factor (JIF) score of 10 or above, and majority of the basic researches had JIF scores of 5 to 10...
February 1, 2019: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
Lois H Thomas, Jacqueline Coupe, Lucy D Cross, Aidan L Tan, Caroline L Watkins
BACKGROUND: Urinary incontinence can affect 40% to 60% of people admitted to hospital after a stroke, with 25% still having problems when discharged from hospital and 15% remaining incontinent after one year.This is an update of a review published in 2005 and updated in 2008. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of interventions for treating urinary incontinence after stroke in adults at least one-month post-stroke. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the Cochrane Incontinence and Cochrane Stroke Specialised Registers (searched 30 October 2017 and 1 November 2017 respectively), which contain trials identified from the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), MEDLINE, MEDLINE In-Process, MEDLINE Epub Ahead of Print, CINAHL, ClinicalTrials...
February 1, 2019: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Hengheng Dai, Haisong Li, Jisheng Wang, Binghao Bao, Yubing Yan, Bin Wang, Song Sun
BACKGROUND: As one of the common male sexual dysfunction diseases, the treatment effect of premature ejaculation is often difficult to guarantee. In China, there are many randomized clinical trials that confirm that acupuncture has a good therapeutic effect on premature ejaculation. The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy and safety of acupuncture for premature ejaculation from intravaginal ejaculation latency (IELT), premature ejaculation diagnostic tool (PEDT), Arab premature ejaculation index (AIPE), and premature ejaculation index (IPE)...
February 2019: Medicine (Baltimore)
Jian-Feng Tu, Jing-Wen Yang, Lu-Lu Lin, Tian-Qi Wang, Yu-Zheng Du, Zhi-Shun Liu, Hui Hu, Jing-Jie Zhao, Xiao-Gang Yu, Chun-Sheng Jia, Jun Wang, Tong Wang, Ya-Quan Hou, Xuan Zou, Yu Wang, Jia-Kai Shao, Li-Qiong Wang, Zhang-Sheng Yu, Cun-Zhi Liu
BACKGROUND: Knee osteoarthritis (KOA) is one of the most common musculoskeletal disorders. Although the available evidence for its efficacy is inconclusive, acupuncture is used as an alternative therapy for KOA. The aim of this trial is to determine the efficacy of electro-acupuncture and manual acupuncture versus sham acupuncture for KOA. METHODS/DESIGN: This is a study protocol for a randomised, three-arm, multicentre, clinical trial. A total of 480 patients with KOA will be randomly assigned to the electro-acupuncture group, the manual acupuncture group or the sham acupuncture group in a 1:1:1 ratio...
January 25, 2019: Trials
Shujun Shao, Yinshan Tang, Yu Guo, Zhaoyang Tian, Dulian Xiang, Jihong Wu
BACKGROUND: Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the leading progressive neurodegenerative disease worldwide, accompanied with nonreversible cognitive impairments. Acupuncture, as the traditional Chinese technique, is widely applied in clinical trials for AD. The aim of this review is to evaluate the efficacy and safety of acupuncture in the aspect of antidementia. METHODS: Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) related to acupuncture treatment targeting AD will be collected...
January 2019: Medicine (Baltimore)
Hao Liu, Xin-Wei Li, Jia Du
INTRODUCTION: The objective of this systematic review protocol is to provide the methods for evaluating the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture on the treatment of idiopathic trigeminal neuralgia (ITN). METHODS AND ANALYSIS: We will search randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on this subject in 8 electronic databases and they are Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), MEDLINE, Embase, Chinese Biomedical Literature Database (CBM), China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), the Wan-Fang Database, and Chinese Scientific Journal Database (VIP database)...
January 2019: Medicine (Baltimore)
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