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Shan Liu, Fan Zhang, Yan Bai, Liuyan Huang, Yifei Zhong, Yi Li
Purpose: The number of clinical reports of acupuncture therapy in chronic kidney disease (CKD) is gradually increasing. This systematic review and meta-analysis aim to examine the therapeutic role of acupuncture therapy in kidney function and common symptoms in CKD patients. Methods: We searched Embase, PubMed, Scopus, Web of Science, China National Knowledge Infrastructure, WanFang, and WeiPu for randomized controlled trials comparing acupuncture treatment with control or placebo groups. We assessed the effect of acupuncture therapy in CKD patients using a meta-analysis with the hartung-knapp-sidik-jonkman random effects model...
December 2024: Renal Failure
Sümeyye Barut, Esra Sabancı Baransel, Osman Tayyar Çelik, Tuba Uçar
INTRODUCTION: This study aimed to examine important points of focus, trends, and depth of research on non-pharmacological interventions for the management of labor pain worldwide from a macro perspective and present an extensive definition of research fields regarding non-pharmacological interventions. METHODS: Bibliometric methods were used in this study. With comprehensive keyword lists, the Web of Science and PubMed databases were searched using different screening strategies for publications made until 25 February 2023...
December 2024: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Natalia Anna Stańczak, Ewelina Grywalska, Ewa Dudzińska
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is an increasingly recognized endocrine disorder. The pathogenesis is not fully known. Polycystic ovary syndrome is still difficult to diagnose correctly, despite simple diagnostic criteria. The aim of the study is to review the current knowledge about PCOS and treatment options for patients with the disease. To explore this topic, publications were reviewed and conclusions drawn from them. The incidence of hyperandrogenism in a patient with PCOS may be as high as 60-80%. Increased androgen levels affect ovulation and menstruation, and also result in hirsutism and acne...
December 2024: Annals of Medicine
Dieu-Thuong Thi Trinh, Quoc-Viet Kieu, An Hoa Tran, Minh-Man Pham Bui, Nguyen Lam Vuong
BACKGROUND: Auricular acupuncture (AA) has been widely used in overweight and obesity management due to its safety and effectiveness. The combination of other acupuncture therapies with thread-embedding acupuncture (TEA) has shown enhanced effects. However, there is a lack of evidence regarding AA plus TEA for overweight and obesity. This study was conducted to address this question. METHODS: A randomized placebo-controlled trial was conducted involving 66 overweight or obese participants, divided into two groups: 33 received AA plus TEA, and 33 received AA plus sham TEA over eight weeks...
September 2024: Integrative Medicine Research
Bruno Subbarao, Zayd Hayani, Zeke Clemmens
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a complex condition associated with a range of persistent symptoms including headaches, cognitive dysfunction, mental fatigue, insomnia, and mood disorders. Conventional treatments for TBI-related symptoms can be insufficient, leading to interest in complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) approaches. This comprehensive article examines the existing literature on CIM modalities, including mind-body interventions, acupuncture/acupressure, herbal remedies, nutritional supplements, biofeedback, yoga, and tai chi in the context of managing secondary complications following TBI...
August 2024: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America
Xu Wang, Hang Zhou, Chao-Qun Yan, Guang-Xia Shi, Ping Zhou, Jian-Wei Huo, Jing-Wen Yang, Ya-Nan Zhang, Lu Wang, Yan Cao, Cun-Zhi Liu
OBJECTIVE: Converging evidence indicates that subjective cognitive decline (SCD) could be an early indicator of dementia. The hippocampus is the earliest affected region during the progression of cognitive impairment. However, little is known about whether and how acupuncture change the hippocampal structure and function of SCD individuals. METHODS: Here, we used multi-modal MRI to reveal the mechanism of acupuncture in treating SCD. Seventy-two older participants were randomized into acupuncture or sham acupuncture group and treated for 12 weeks...
August 2024: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Jack Tsai, Hind A Beydoun, Alexandra Howard, Cathy St Pierre
Background: Homeless-experienced veterans (HEVs) are an important but challenging group to care for in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs health care system, and there are opportunities to examine the potential of integrative and complementary medicine approaches. Methods: This observational study enrolled 33 HEVs in a one-group observational, prospective study of Battlefield Acupuncture (BFA) with a monthly follow-up for 3 months after initiating BFA. Results: Linear growth curve analyses revealed a significant improvement in overall pain scores and scores on the effects of pain on activity level, mood, and stress...
July 15, 2024: J Integr Complement Med
Lorenzo Belluomini, Alice Avancini, Marco Sposito, Letizia Pontolillo, Daniela Tregnago, Ilaria Trestini, Jessica Insolda, Luisa Carbognin, Michele Milella, Emilio Bria, Sara Pilotto
Over the years, advancements in antiemetic drugs have improved chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) control. However, despite the antiemetics therapies, in a relevant number of adult patients (∼30 %), CINV is still persistent, leading to several complications, such as electrolyte imbalances, anorexia, and treatment discontinuation. Supportive care interventions have gained credibility in cancer care, helping to improve patients' psycho-physical condition, quality of life, and managing symptoms, including CINV...
July 13, 2024: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
George Sarin Zacharia, Anu Jacob
The role of the liver in drug metabolism makes individuals with hepatic dysfunction more susceptible to adverse drug reactions, necessitating careful consideration in analgesic selection and dosing. Acetaminophen, despite being a common cause of liver failure, is considered safe within recommended dosages. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), while effective, pose risks in cirrhosis due to complications like renal failure and gastrointestinal bleeding. Cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitors have limited data, and their use is discouraged due to cardiovascular concerns...
July 13, 2024: Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases: JGLD
Wei Feng, Xixi Du, Yuxin Zhao
OBJECTIVE: The incidence of lumbar disc herniation (LDH) is on the rise annually, with an emerging trend of affecting younger age groups. This study aims to investigate the clinical effectiveness of combining Erxian decoction with auricular acupoint pressure therapy in treating LDH. Our objective is to furnish evidence supporting the incorporation of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) rehabilitation techniques in clinical settings. METHODS: This randomized controlled trial enrolled 102 patients diagnosed with LDH and allocated them into Control and Intervention groups...
July 12, 2024: Medicine (Baltimore)
Yun-Peng Deng, Yan-Li Zhou, Teng-Teng Wei, Guang-Shuai He, Zhi-Xin Zhu, Shu-Ning Zhang, Mei-Jun Liu, Jing-Jing Xue, Wei-Xing Zhang, Xu-Guang Yang
BACKGROUND: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) infertility has attracted great attention from researchers due to its high incidence. Numerous studies have shown that Chinese medicine is effective in treating this disease, but there is a wide variety of Chinese medicine therapies available, and there is a lack of comparative evaluation of the efficacy of various Chinese medicine combination therapies in the clinic, which requires further in-depth exploration. This study aims to evaluate the efficacy of a combined traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) therapy for the treatment of infertility with PCOS using network meta-analysis (NMA)...
July 12, 2024: Medicine (Baltimore)
Qiong Liu, Kun Ai, Xin-Ru Jiang, Jing-Jing Yang, Lin Chen, Si-Hui Cao, Hao-Long He, Xia Liu, Mi Liu
BACKGROUND: There are a growing number of studies on the effect of acupuncture on glial cells in the central nervous system; however, there are few related bibliometric analyses in this area. Therefore, the purpose of this bibliometric study was to visualize the literature on acupuncture-regulated glial cells. METHODS: On November 23, 2022, regular and review articles on acupuncture and glial cell-related research were retrieved from the Web of Science Core Collection database...
July 12, 2024: Medicine (Baltimore)
Hui Xu, Zheng Wang, Zhen Wang, Yang Lei, Juntao Chen, Hang Zhou, Mengmeng Li, Jieyao Diao, Yanqin Bian, Bin Zhou, Yunfeng Zhou
BACKGROUND: The utilization of Tuina as a therapeutic intervention for the management of chronic pain has experienced a gradually increase in its popularity, and the purpose of this bibliometric analysis is to offer a comprehensive understanding of the current state and frontier trends, as well as to provide recommendations for future research directions. METHODS: Publications on Tuina for chronic pain published between 2004 and 2023 were retrieved from the Web of Science Core Collection (WoSCC)...
July 12, 2024: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Fengqin Guo, Luqi Wei, Jincong Zhang, Xiaofen Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To observe the clinical efficacy of acupoint massage, acupoint sticking combined with moxibustion at Shuidao (ST 28) for postpartum urinary retention. METHODS: A total of 120 patients with postpartum urinary retention were randomly divided a triple-combination group, a double-combination group, and a massage group, with 40 patients in each group. All groups received standard postpartum care to stimulate urination. The patients in the massage group received rapid acupoint massage at the bilateral Shuidao (ST 28); the patients in the double-combination group additionally received acupoint sticking of self-made Tongquan powder at bilateral Shuidao (ST 28); the patients in the triple-combination group further received moxibustion at bilateral Shuidao (ST 28)...
July 12, 2024: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Wenming Chu, Xiyan Gao, Yuan Cao, Ling Gao, Yujie Li, Yubing Li, Wei Li, Shangwen Qi, Jiahui Qian
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate clinical effect and safety on the basis of detecting the specific response of jing -well point in treatment of intractable insomnia with acupuncture by meridian differentiation. METHODS: Sixty-four patients with intractable insomnia were randomized into an observation group (32 cases, 1 case dropped out and 1 case was eliminated) and a control group (32 cases, 1 case was eliminated). In the observation group, the meridian imbalance value detected at the jing -well point was taken as the evidence so that the corresponding yuan -source and back- shu points were stimulated with acupuncture...
July 12, 2024: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Zhiming Jiang, Lei Liu, Liao Zhang, Lili Li, Bin Ding, Ling Hu, Zijian Wu
OBJECTIVE: To observe the clinical effect of "brain-gut coherence" method of acupuncture on cerebral ischemic stroke (CIS) and explore its action mechanism. METHODS: A total of 82 patients with CIS were randomly divided into an observation group (41 cases, 3 cases dropped out, 2 cases discontinued) and a control group (41 cases, 4 cases dropped out, 2 cases excluded). The conventional basic treatment was administered in the two groups. Additionally, in the observation group, "brain-gut coherence" method of acupuncture was delivered...
July 12, 2024: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Menghan Li, Yuan Zhang, Dawei Ran, Xinming Yang, Yuzheng Du
A kind of disposable self-destructed and sheath-encased sterile acupuncture needle is designed to efficiently solve the issues of safety and sterilization encountered in the routine operation of acupuncture. The needle consists of three components, i.e. the needle body, the sheath and the locker. The needle body is movable and rotatable in the sheath, but can not be separated from the sheath. It is convenient for the operator to perform the lifting-thrusting and twisting techniques, and to prevent the non-punctured portion of the body from being out off the sheath so that a sterile confined room is formed between the needle and the skin of the operated area...
July 12, 2024: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Haosheng Wu, Chao Zhu, Hang Su, Shengbing Wu, Meiqi Zhou
The theory of Huatuo Jiaji (EX-B 2) is the representative of the knowledge construction of ancient anatomy, reflecting the academic thought of Huatuo 's school. Through deeply analyzing the classic theory of acupuncture and its cultural and historical materials, it is believed that the five-body constituents are the structural basis of Huatuo Jiaji (EX-B 2), qi and blood are the material one, while biaoben (the sites where meridian qi gathers and diffuses) and qijie (the common pathways through which meridian qi gathers) indicate its functions...
July 12, 2024: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Ying Deng, Shenyi Huang, Dian Dong, Mimi Zhao, Wenbin Fu
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the effects of Shugan Tiaoshen (regulating liver and harmonizing spirit) intradermal needling protocol on the attentional networks of patients with subthreshold depression using the attention network test (ANT). METHODS: Eighty patients with subthreshold depression were randomly divided into an intradermal needling group (40 cases) and a sham needling group (40 cases, 2 cases dropped out), with an additional 43 healthy subjects as a normal group...
July 12, 2024: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Jianheng Hao, Haijun Wang, Yuxia Cao, Laixi Ji
OBJECTIVE: To observe the protective effect of acupuncture at "Zhibian" (BL 54) through "Shuidao (ST 28)" based on the PI3K/AKT/FOXO3a pathway in mice with poor ovarian response (POR), and to explore the possible mechanism of acupuncture in inhibiting ovarian granulosa cells apoptosis in POR. METHODS: A total of 45 mice with regular estrous cycles were randomly divided into a blank group, a model group and an acupuncture group, with 15 mice in each group. Mice in the model group and the acupuncture group were given triptolide suspension (50 mg•kg-1 •d-1 ) by gavage for 2 weeks to establish POR model...
July 12, 2024: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
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