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Acupuncture research articles
Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in the treatment of many medical conditions.
Below is a list of research that proves the effectivness of acupuncture in the treatment of various medical ailments.
The Bonghan system is a newly-discovered circulatory system, which corresponds to classical acupuncture meridians and was discovered in the early 1960s by Bonghan Kim. Despite its potential importance in biology and medicine, it has been ignored
or forgotten for a long time. Only recently have most of its significant parts, such as the Bonghan system (BHS) inside blood or lymph vessels, on the surfaces
of internal organs, and in brain ventricles, been confirmed. For this, novel methods using modern technology were necessary because Bonghan Kim did not describe his
methods. For example, Among other methods, the discovery of a BHS-specific dye, trypan blue, was one of the most important original contributions that made BHS
observation possible. With this technique, the BHS in adipose tissue became traceable, and the BHS was discovered on the fascia surrounding tumor tissues, a finding
which may have great significance in relation to serious health problems in modern society, namely, obesity and cancer. Bonghan Circulatory System as an Extension
of Acupuncture Meridians, J Acupunct Meridian Stud 2009; 2 (2): 93-106.
A comprehensive search of studies on MEDLINE, EMBASE, the Cochrane Central
Register of Controlled Trials and Chinese databases
The effect of acupuncture on simple obesity was measured using body mass index
(BMI), body fat mass (BFM), waist circumference (WC), hip circumference (HC),
and body weight (BW). The Jadad scale was used to assess methodological quality.
The random effects model was used in the pooled analysis to adjust for the
heterogeneity of the included studies, and funnel plots were used to examine
publication bias. The differences between treatment groups were reported as
mean differences (MD). Eleven RCTs were selected after all relevant literature
from the electronic databases had been screened. There were 338 and 305 participants
in the acupuncture and sham acupuncture groups, respectively. Auricular and
electro acupuncture were both able to reduce BMI in obese patients (MD 0.47?kg/m2,
95%?CI 0.35 to 0.58, p0.001; MD 0.50?kg/m2, 95%?CI 0.38 to 0.62, p0.001). BFM
change after acupuncture treatment compared with sham treatment was statistically
significant (MD 0.66?kg, 95%?CI 0.51 to 0.80, p0.001). There were also significant
differences in WC and HC between the acupuncture and sham acupuncture groups
(MDwc2.02?cm, 95%?CI 0.21 to 3.83, p=0.03; MDHC2.74?cm, 95%?CI 1.21 to 4.27,
p=0.0004). BW was not statistically significantly different between the acupuncture
and sham acupuncture groups (MD 0.60?kg, 95%?CI -0.20 to 1.39, p=0.14). Begg's
test and funnel plots showed that the potential publication bias of the included
studies was very slight (p>0.05).
Acupuncture for simple obesity appeared to be an effective treatment. Postgrad
Med J. 2017 Jul 8. pii: postgradmedj-2017-134969. doi: 10.1136/postgradmedj-2017-134969.
This study aims to evaluate the efficacy and safety of acupuncture for the
treatment of cervical vertigo (CV). Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) regarding
effectiveness of acupuncture for treating CV were searched in 7 comprehensive
databases prior to April 2016. A total of 10 studies with 914 participants
were included. Results showed that acupuncture was more effective than conventional
medicine therapy (CMT)
in effectiveness, improvement rate of vertigo and headache, and increased average
blood flow velocity of vertebral-basilar artery. In the subgroup analysis,
the results did not change in different acupuncture methods and drug categories
substantially. Sensitivity analysis demonstrated that the results of this meta-analysis
were stable. Meanwhile, the long-term safety of acupuncture for CV still remains
uncertain. GRADE analysis indicated that the quality of evidence for all outcomes
was from very low to low which limited the value of the meta-analysis. Based
on the systematic review, acupuncture appeared to be a promising therapeutic
approach for CV. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2017;2017:7597363. doi:
Electro-acupuncture is a burgeoning treatment using the needle inserting into the body acupoints and the low-frequency pulse current being electrified by an electric acupuncture machine. This study was designed to evaluate the effects of preconditioning of electro-acupuncture on postoperative cognitive dysfunction in elderly.Ninety patients scheduled spine surgery were randomly assigned into 2 groups using a random number table: control group (group C) and electro-acupuncture group (group EA). In group EA, electro-acupuncture was applied on Baihui, Dazhui, and Zusanli acupoints 30?minutes before anesthesia. At 0?minute before treatment of electro-acupuncture, 1?hour after skin incision and surgery completed (T1-3), blood samples were taken for detection of interleukin (IL)-6, IL-10, and S100ß by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The total dose of remifentanil and propofol during surgery were recorded. Mini-Mental State Examination was applied to evaluate the cognitive function of patients at 1 day before surgery and 7th and 30th day after surgery.The results showed that compared with group C, score of MMSE increased after surgery, the serum concentration of IL-6, IL-10, and S100ß decreased at 1?hour after skin incision, and surgery completed in group EA. Moreover, the total dose of remifentanil and propofol reduced during surgery in group EA.The present study suggests that preconditioning of electro-acupuncture could improve the postoperative cognitive function, and the reduction of inflammatory reaction and brain injury may be involved in the mechanism. Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Jun;96(26):e7375. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000007375.
We reviewed the available evidence for SP6 (Sanyinjiao) acupressure for the relief
of primary dysmenorrhea (PD) symptoms, as well as patients' experiences of this
intervention. We searched six relevant databases and gray literature for publications
dated up to March 2016. The search yielded 72 potential studies. Six of these
studies, contributing a total of 461 participants, were included in this review.
The primary outcome was pain intensity. Studies with significant homogeneity
were pooled for meta-analysis. Qualitative data and quantitative data not suitable
for meta-analysis were presented as a narrative synthesis. The Cochrane criteria
demonstrated that the included studies were generally of low quality with a high
risk of bias. SP6 acupressure delivered by trained personnel significantly decreased
pain intensity immediately after the intervention (effect size = -0.718; CI =
-0.951 to -0.585; p = 0.000), and pain relief remained up to 3 h after the intervention
(effect size = -0.979; CI = -1.296 to 0.662; p = 0.000). However, patient-administered
intervention required multiple monthly cycles to effect pain reduction. SP6 acupressure
appears to be effective when delivered by trained personnel for some PD symptoms.
Findings suggest that self-administered acupressure shows promise for the alleviation
of PD symptoms. High-quality research is needed before conclusive recommendations
are proposed. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2016 Nov;25:92-105. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2016.09.003.
This paper reports a
randomized, single blinded clinical trial. 97 participants (students in of Hormozgan
University of Medical Sciences, Iran) with PMS were allocated to three groups
to receive 20min acupressure on different acupoints for 14days before menstruation
for three consecutive menstrual cycles (training and then two cycles self applied
acupressure). The acupoints were LIV3 and LI4; one group received acupressure
at a placebo point. Each participant completed the PSST scale (to determine PMS
severity), HADS scale (for depression and anxiety), and quality of life SF12.
The number of people with moderate/severe PMS decreased in LIV3 and LI4 acupressure
groups by the second and third cycles compared with the placebo group (p0.04).
Moreover, depression and anxiety scores significantly decreased in the LIV3 and
LI4 groups by the second and third cycles compared with the placebo group (p0.05).Analyzing
the score of SF12 fields in the second and third cycles showed a significant
difference in all dimensions between the intervention and placebo groups. There
was no significant difference between LIV3 and LI4 acupressure groups in decrease
of PMS symptoms, anxiety and depression and improving SF12scores (p0.05). Performing the simple acupressure protocol at LIV3 and LI4 is an effective method
to decrease the severity of PMS symptoms, anxiety and depression, and to improve
the QOL. Pressure at LIV3 and LI4 appears to be equally effective.
Complement Ther Med. 2017 Apr;31:65-70. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2017.02.003.
The primary outcome was the change in the number of weekly spontaneous bowel
movements. Secondary outcomes were total response rate (or total effective
rate), symptom reduction and Cleveland Clinic constipation scores. The pooled
results showed significantly more improvement in the frequency of spontaneous
bowel movements in the EA treatment group compared with the medicine-treated
group (pooled SMD 0.244, 95% CI -0.065 to 0.424, P=0.008). Deep-needling EA
was significantly more effective than treatment with medication at increasing
the frequency of spontaneous bowel movements (p=0.019). Significantly greater
improvement was also seen for total response rates (p=0.018) and reductions
in symptom score (p<0.001) in EA-treated patients. EA was more effective
than medication at improving spontaneous bowel movements and total response
rate, and reducing the symptoms of functional constipation. Acupunct Med.
2017 Jun 19. pii: acupmed-2016-011127. doi: 10.1136/acupmed-2016-011127.
Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) include autistic disorder, Asperger's disorder and pervasive developmental disorder. The manifestations of ASDs can have an important impact on learning and social functioning that may persist during adulthood. Acupuncture, gluten and casein-free diets, early intensive behavioral interventions, music therapy, parent-mediated early interventions, social skill groups and the Theory of Mind cognitive model seem to have benefits for patients with autism spectrum disorders. Sao Paulo Med J. 2017 Mar-Apr;135(2):192-201. doi: 10.1590/1516-3180.2017.0058200317.
In this preliminary study, we examined the effect of acupressure, acupuncture
and moxibustion (oriental treatments) to prevent of the relapse/deterioration
of perinatal depression in women with pregnancy-related anxiety and previous
depression. Between 2014 and 2016, there were 48 women with pregnancy-related
anxiety and previous depression who had delivery at = 22 weeks' gestation in
our institute. Of these, oriental treatments were performed in eight and two
women (totally 10, 21%) during pregnancy and postpartum, respectively. One
of the 10 (10%) who received oriental treatments admitted depressive symptoms
during pregnancy or postpartum, while 18 of the rest 38 who did not receive
oriental treatments admitted depressive symptoms (47%, P = 0.065). The oriental
treatments may be useful for pregnant women who need perinatal mental health
care. J Clin Med Res. 2017 Jun;9(6):525-527. doi: 10.14740/jocmr3009w. Epub
2017 Apr 26.
This report aimed to present the acupuncture treatment response of two patients who were evaluated with polysomnography. Acupuncture treatment was planned for two patients who refused medical treatment with chronic insomnia. Polysomnographic evaluation was performed at baseline and 1 month after acupuncture treatment.
Remarkable improvement was determined in polysomnographic parameters of both cases. After acupuncture treatment, improvements in subjective symptoms such as unrefreshing sleep, morning headache, reduced motivation and daytime performance, tiredness, sleep disturbances, fatigue, and mood worsening in the morning were also observed. J Acupunct Meridian Stud. 2017 Apr;10(2):135-138. doi: 10.1016/j.jams.2016.09.018. Epub 2016 Sep 25.
Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second-most-common chronic and progressive
neurodegenerative disease. The long-term use of levodopa leads to a loss of
efficacy and to complications. Therefore, many patients with PD have turned
to complementary therapies to help relieve their symptoms. Acupuncture is most
commonly used as a complementary therapy in patients with PD. In all, 982 potentially
relevant articles were identified; 25 RCTs met our inclusion criterion, 19
of 25 RCTs were high-quality studies (i.e., a score of 6 or higher). We performed
a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate the use of acupuncture for
relief of PD symptoms and found that acupuncture has significant positive effects.
Acupuncture can be considered as a combination treatment with conventional
treatment for patients with PD. Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Jan;96(3):e5836. doi:
Vascular dementia (VaD)
is the second leading type of dementia after Alzheimer's disease plaguing
the aging population. Acupuncture has served as alternative and complementary
medicine in the world for a long time and its use for VaD is based on a large
body of preclinical and clinical researches. The mechanisms that underlie
the protective effects of acupuncture are slowly beginning to be understood.
Acupuncture influences multiple aspects of the pathological process of VaD.
It improves cognitive function through protecting cerebral neurons from oxidative
stress, apoptosis, and neuroinflammation, regulating glucose metabolism and
neurotransmitters. Acupuncture may also improve synaptic plasticity and blood
vessel function. It is likely that no single factor can explain the protection
provided by acupuncture. This review provides a comprehensive overview of
established and recent findings in animal-based researches aiming to elucidate
the complex mechanisms of acupuncture on VaD. Neurochem Int. 2016 Dec 26. pii:
S0197-0186(16)30255-8. doi: 10.1016/j.neuint.2016.12.001.
Acupuncture, a key
part of traditional Chinese medicine, is used to relieve symptoms of diabetes
mellitus. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of needling CV-12
(Zhongwan) on blood glucose levels in healthy volunteers.
Thirty-six individuals were recruited and randomized into either the acupuncture
group or the placebo control group. The participants in the acupuncture group
were needled at CV-12 (4 cun above the center of the umbilicus), and those
in the placebo control group were needled at a nonexisting "sham" point on
the right side of the abdomen (1 cun beside the CV-12)-a nonacupuncture point.
For both groups, the needle was retained for 20 minutes without stimulation.
Assessments were performed prior to and after the intervention. Statistical
analysis was performed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences,
The result of this study showed a mild reduction in random blood glucose (RBG)
levels in the acupuncture group and a mild increase in RBG levels in the
placebo control group. However, these changes were not statistically significant
both within and between groups.
The result of this study suggests that although 20 minutes of needling at CV-12
without stimulation produced a mild reduction in RBG levels in healthy volunteers,
it did not produce a statistically significant result. J Acupunct Meridian Stud. 2016 Dec;9(6):307-310. doi: 10.1016/j.jams.2016.08.002.
has been suggested to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
in China. This multicenter, randomized, sham-controlled study was designed
to evaluate the efficacy of acupuncture for treating patients with COPD.
Seventy-two participants with COPD were recruited and randomly divided into
2 groups (real acupuncture group and sham acupuncture group) in a 1:1 ratio.
Patients received either real or sham needling at the same acupoints 3 times
weekly for 8 weeks. The primary outcome was dyspnea on exertion evaluated
using the 6-minute walk test. In addition, health-related quality of life
was also evaluated. Measurements were obtained at baseline and after 8 weeks
Six-minute walking distance measurements and health-related quality of life were
significantly better in the real acupuncture group than that in the sham
The findings suggest that acupuncture can be used as an adjunctive therapy to
reduce dyspnea in patients with COPD.
Medicine (Baltimore). 2016 Oct;95: DOI: 10.1097/MD.0000000000004879
primo vascular system (PVS) is being established as a circulatory system
that corresponds to acupuncture meridians. There have been two critical
questions in making the
PVS accepted as a novel liquid flowing system. The first one was directly to
show the flow of liquid in PVS and the second one was to explain why it
was not observed in the conventional
histological study of animal tissues. Flow in the PVS in the abdominal cavity
was previously verified by injecting Alcian blue into a primo node. However,
the tracing of the dye to other
subsystems of the PVS has not been done. In the current work we injected fluorescent
nanoparticles (FNPs) into a primo node and traced them along a primo vessel which
was inside a fat tissue in the abdominal wall. Linea alba is a white middle
line in the abdominal
skin of a mammal and a band of fat tissue is located in parallel to the linea
alba in the parietal side of the abdominal wall of a rat. In this fat band
a primo vessel runs parallel to the prominent
blood vessels in the fat band and is located just inside the parietal peritoneum.
About the second question on the reason why the PVS was not in conventional
the current work provided the answer. Histological analysis with hematoxyline
Masson’s trichrome, and Toluidine blue could not discriminate the primo vessel
even when we knew the location of the PVS by the trace of the FNPs. This clearly
explains why the
PVS is hard to observe in conventional histology: it is not a matter of resolution
but the contrast. The PVS has very similar structure to the connective tissues
that surround the PVS. In
the current work we propose a method to find the PVS: Observation of mast cell
with toluidine blue staining. PLOS ONE | DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0150423
peripheral nervous system may play an important role in normal bone maintenance
and remodeling. The purpose of this study is to determine if treadmill running
combined with electro-acupuncture at Jiaji acupoints (Jiaji-EA) affects tibial
bone mass and SP expression in rabbits with sciatic nerve injury. Treatment
(treadmill and ET groups) increased all measures compared to the SNCr group
(p0.05). Further, TSI, BMD, bone strength, and SP expression in the ET group
were higher than the treadmill group (p0.05).
Our results indicate that treadmill therapy combined with electro-acupuncture
at Jiaji acupoints prevents bone loss in rabbit tibias after sciatic nerve
injury. This may occur in two ways: indirectly in association with axon regeneration
and directly via loading on the bone mediated through increased SP expression.
This study provides important evidence for the clinical treatment of bone
loss after peripheral nerve injury. PLoS One. 2016 Nov 23;11(11):e0164652.
Insomnia is a common
disease in modern society; it is made worse by increasingly fierce competition
in the workplace and elsewhere, along with rapid economic and social development.
Sleep disorders can result in changes in serum biomarkers and decreased immunity,
and may cause maladies such as depression and cardiac diseases, as well as
many other somatic symptoms. Western medications for treating insomnia can
easily lead to addiction and other adverse effects. Fortunately, acupuncture
can ease the symptoms of insomnia. This review summarizes the hazards associated
with insomnia and the use of acupuncture in its treatment. Furthermore, the
authors introduce an effective and low-cost method of treating insomnia with
acupuncture. This review indicates that insomnia poses a major threat to
mental health through its effects on serum components, heart function and
the immune system of patients, which may lead to other physiological disorders.
Anxiety and depression are the two main negative emotions affected by insomnia.
Acupuncture, which has showed effectiveness against insomnia and its complications,
may be an effective and complementary method for the treatment of insomnia
and associated maladies.
J Integr Med. 2016 May;14(3):174-86. doi: 10.1016/S2095-4964(16)60248-0.
(EA) has been shown to exert beneficial effects on obesity, but the mechanism
is unclear. The acupuncture group received acupuncture at Zusanli (ST36)
and Quchi (LI11) for 20 minutes once per day for 28 days. The effect of acupuncture
on weight loss may be related to improved insulin resistance caused by changes
in the adipocyte size and by reductions in the expressions of neuroprotein
Y/agouti-related protein and protein tyrosine phosphatase 1B. This study
indicates that EA may be a better method of alternative therapy for treating
obesity and other metabolic diseases.
twenty patients with PE in an outpatient urology clinic were randomized to
receive dapoxetine 30 mg and 60 mg, acupuncture or sham acupuncture. Comparisons
between the groups showed that changes observed with acupuncture was significantly
higher than those observed with sham acupuncture. Acupuncture had a significant
ejaculation-delaying effect. Urol Int. 2016 Apr 7.
acupuncture therapy is widely used in traditional Asian medicine for the
treatment of diverse internal organ disorders, its underlying biological
mechanisms are largely unknown. TNF-a production in mouse serum, which was
induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) administration, was decreased by manual
acupuncture (MAC) at the zusanli acupoint (ST36). These results suggest that
the therapeutic effects of acupuncture may be mediated through vagal modulation
of inflammatory responses in internal organs. PLoS One. 2016 Mar 18;11(3):e0151882.
participants with chronic kidney disease received three successive treatment
sessions of indirect moxibustion bilaterally at BL 23, a crucial acupuncture
point, in the session. Renal vascular resistance was decreased after indirect
moxibustion therapy. J Altern Complement Med. 2016 Mar 16.
sexual dysfunction affects up to 43% of women in the United States and hypoactive
sexual desire disorder (HSDD) is the most common type; however, we lack treatment
options showing improvement for this condition. Participants underwent 25-minute
twice-weekly acupuncture sessions for 5 weeks with one certified acupuncturist.
Questionnaires were completed again 6 weeks after onset of treatment. Sexual
function improved after intervention, particularly desire. In this cohort of
premenopausal women with HSDD, 5 weeks of acupuncture therapy was associated
with significant improvements in sexual function, particularly desire. This
supports a role for acupuncture as a therapeutic option for women with low
Sex Med. 2016 Mar 28. pii: S2050-1161(16)00032-5. doi: 10.1016/j.esxm.2016.02.005.
The aim of
this study is to evaluate the efficacy and safety of acupuncture for stable
angina pectoris. Clinical randomized-controlled trials (RCTs) comparing
the efficacy of acupuncture to conventional drugs in patients with stable
angina pectoris were searched. Total 8 RCTs, including 640 angina pectoris
cases with 372 patients received acupuncture therapy and 268 patients received
conventional drugs, were included. Overall, our result showed that acupuncture
significantly increased the clinical curative effects in the relief of angina
symptoms (OR=2.89, 95% CI=1.87-4.47, P0.00001) and improved the electrocardiography
(OR=1.83, 95% CI=1.23-2.71, P=0.003), indicating that acupuncture therapy
was superior to conventional drugs. No adverse effects associated with acupuncture
therapy were found. Acupuncture may be an effective therapy for stable angina
pectoris. Int J Clin Exp Med. 2015; 8(4): 5112–5120.
systematically searched electronic databases (EMBASE, PubMed, PsycINFO, CINAHL,
Wanfang Data Chinese Database, and China Knowledge Resource Integrated Database)
and the reference lists of the identified studies. We identified 31 randomized
controlled trials with 34 effect sizes involving a total of 2,433 participants.
Studies with a large effect size of acupuncture-associated changes in serum
estradiol had a significantly lower odds of sleep disturbances than did those
with a small-to-moderate effect sizes. Acupuncture is associated with a significant
reduction in sleep disturbances in women experiencing menopause-related sleep
disturbances. Our findings suggest that acupuncture should be adopted as
part of a multimodal approach for improving sleep disturbances in perimenopausal
and postmenopausal women. Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Feb 4.
In this prospective
randomized controlled trial, 60 patients with sepsis were randomly assigned
to the control group and the intervention group equally by block randomization.
Patients in the control group received routine treatment and those in the
intervention group received electro-acupuncture at bilateral Zusanli and
Guanyuan in addition to routine treatment. Electro-acupuncture at Zusanli
and Guanyuan could improve clinical curative effect in patients with sepsis,
which might be achieved by regulation of the immune system. Chin J Integr
Med. 2016 Jan 29.
This randomized, single-blind,
sham-control study examined patients (18-60 years old) with normal hearing
and chronic, idiopathic, continuous tinnitus. Fifty-seven subjects were randomly
assigned to true (n?=?30) or sham (n?=?27) acupuncture. A significant improvement
in THI scores was observed at the end of true ACP treatment for all domains
(all p?values < 0.01) except the catastrophic scale. Acupuncture improved
the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory scores in tinnitus patients. Eur Radiol.
impairment and dysfunction of the sense of smell, dysosmia. Tianjin University
of Traditional Chinese Medicine researchers conducted an acupuncture clinical
trial of ten patients with dysosmia. Acupuncture achieved a total effective
rate of 90%. Two patients completely recovered, three patients achieved excellent
clinical improvements, four patients achieved significant clinical improvements,
and one patient demonstrated no signs of improvement. The results indicate
that acupuncture restores olfaction. Zhao H. (2014). Study in Clinical Effect
of Sensory Dysosmia Patients in 10 Cases Treated With Acupuncture. Guangming
Journal of Chinese Medicine. 29(8).
Acupuncture is an effective treatment for atherosclerosis. Researchers from
the Qian’an Hospital of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) investigated
the efficacy of acupuncture for the treatment of carotid artery related
The study compared two types of acupuncture treatments with drug therapy.
One acupuncture protocol produced significantly greater positive patient
than drug therapy. Another acupuncture protocol produced equivalent results
to drug therapy. Li YH, Huang HB, Wang WX & Yang LX. (2014). Observation
of the head acupuncture through hole on the treatment of carotid artery
Hebei Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine. 36(8).
from a psychiatry waiting list were randomised into one of two groups: group
1 (n=25) received 10 weeks of acupuncture at PC6, HT7 and LR3, and group
2 was a waiting list control group. The waiting list group (n=15) then received
acupuncture. Both groups were followed up for 10 weeks after treatment. The
outcome measure was the State and Trait Anxiety Inventory. 6 patients completed
the study, with two dropouts in each group. State anxiety scores in the acupuncture
group decreased from 57.7 (SD 13.1) to 38.8 (12.0); scores in the waiting
list control group decreased from 61.5 (11.6) to 60.6 (11.7). The difference
was highly significant (p<0.0001). Acupuncture is a promising intervention
for patients with chronic anxiety symptoms that have proven resistant to
forms of treatment. Acupunct Med. 2015 Apr;33(2):98-102. doi: 10.1136/acupmed-2014-010524.
Epub 2015 Jan 16.
alleviates irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Researchers from the Heilongjiang
University of Chinese Medicine investigated the efficacy of electroacupuncture
for the treatment of IBS. A comparison group in the clinical trial received
oral administration of pinaverium bromide. The acupuncture treatment group
demonstrated an 86.7% improvement rate. The drug group demonstrated a 50%
improvement rate. Sun YZ & Song J. (2014). Therapeutic Observation of Acupuncture
at Jiaji (EX-B2) for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Shanghai Journal of Acupuncture
and Moxibustion. 34(9).
and twenty patients aged 18 to 96 months (American Society of Anesthesiologists
physical status I or II) undergoing minor elective surgery under general
anaesthesia with sevoflurane. Patients were randomly assigned to either
stimulation of HT7 with two PNS devices (1?Hz, 50?mA) during surgery (Group
HT7) or a control group that did not undergo electrical stimulation of HT7
during surgery. The incidence of emergence agitation was significantly lower
in the HT7 group compared with the control group (31.7 vs. 56.7%, respectively;
P?=?0.010). Bilateral electrical stimulation of HT7 using two PNS devices
significantly decreases the incidence of emergence agitation. Eur J Anaesthesiol.
2015 Nov 28.
Acupuncture alleviates dementia and cognitive impairment. Researchers from
the Anhui University of Chinese Medicine demonstrate that acupuncture
a 90% total effective rate for the treatment of vascular dementia. Researchers
from the Heilongjiang University of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)
that acupuncture improves cognitive abilities for patients with non-dementia
related vascular cognitive impairment. In addition, researchers from the
University of Traditional Chinese Medicine demonstrate that acupuncture has
an 88% total effective rate for the treatment of chronic cerebral circulatory
insufficiency (CCCI). Wang Y, Zhu CQ & Chen SF. (2014). Clinical Effect of
Long-Term Scalp Acupuncture in Treatment of Vascular Dementia:A Report of
30 Cases. Journal of Anhui Traditional Chinese Medical College. 33(2).
Randomized clinical trial
with 50 participants with tinnitus, divided into two groups: 25 participants
in the acupuncture group (AG) and 25 participants in the control group (CG).
The AG received acupuncture treatment and the CG received no treatment.
statistically significant result was found for the primary outcome, reducing
the intensity of tinnitus, with p=0.0001 and the secondary endpoint, showing
improvement in quality of life, with p=0.0001. Chinese scalp acupuncture
associated with bilateral electroacupuncture demonstrated, in the short
term, a statistically
significant improvement by reducing the level of tinnitus intensity, as well
as improving the quality of life of individuals with tinnitus. Braz J Otorhinolaryngol.
2015 Nov 14. pii: S1808-8694(15)00206-2. doi: 10.1016/j.bjorl.2014.12.011.
Acupuncture and moxibustion are effective for the treatment of diabetes.
Researchers from the Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine conclude that
combined with moxibustion has a total effective rate of 84.78% for the treatment
of type 2 diabetes. Moxibustion increases efficacy for diabetes treatments.
The researchers also investigated the implementation of acupuncture as a
standalone therapy. Without moxibustion, acupuncture had a total effective
rate of 69.57%.
As are result, the researchers conclude that the combined therapy produces
superior patient outcomes. Hu, Z. H., Wang, Y., Huang, J. Y., Xu, J. H.,
Z. F. & Wang, S. S. (2014). Research for Optimizing the Acupuncture-moxibustion
Treatment Protocol for Diabetic Gastroparesis. Shanghai Journal of Acupuncture
and Moxibustion. 33 (12).