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Publication Title: 
Neural Regeneration Research

Propagated sensation along the meridian can occur when acupoints are stimulated by acupuncture or electrical impulses. In this study, participants with notable propagated sensation along the dian were given electro-acupuncture at the Jianyu (LI15) acupoint of the large intestine meridian. When participants stated that the sensation reached the back of their hand, regular nervous system action discharge was examined using a physiological recording electrode placed on the superficial branch of the radial nerve.

Xu, Jinsen
Zheng, Shuxia
Pan, Xiaohua
Zhu, Xiaoxiang
Hu, Xianglong
Publication Title: 
Neural Regeneration Research

Acupuncture has been used to treat neuropathic pain for a long time, but its mechanisms of action remain unknown. In this study, we observed the effects of electroacupuncture and manual acu-puncture on neuropathic pain and on ephrin-B/EphB signaling in rats models of chronic constriction injury-induced neuropathic pain. The results showed that manual acupuncture and elec-puncture significantly reduced mechanical hypersensitivity following chronic constriction injury, es-pecially electroacupuncture treatment.

Ju, Ziyong
Cui, Huashun
Guo, Xiaohui
Yang, Huayuan
He, Jinsen
Wang, Ke
Publication Title: 
Neural Regeneration Research

Electroacupuncture at Shangjuxu (ST37) and Tianshu (ST25) was reported to improve visceral hypersensitivity in rats. Colorectal distension was utilized to generate a rat model of chronic visceral hypersensitivity in irritable bowel syndrome. Results showed that abdominal withdrawal reflex scores noticeably increased after model establishment. Simultaneously, P2X4 receptor immureactivity significantly increased in the colon and spinal cord.

Guo, Xinxin
Chen, Jifei
Lu, Yuan
Wu, Luyi
Weng, Zhijun
Yang, Ling
Xin, Yuhu
Lin, Xianming
Liang, Yi
Fang, Jianqiao
Publication Title: 
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: eCAM

Suppression of white adipose tissue inflammatory signaling may contribute to the pathogenesis of obesity-induced inflammatory response. However, the precise mechanism of efficacy of acupuncture related to adipose tissue remains poorly understood. In the present study we evaluated the anti-inflammatory activities of 10 Hz electroacupuncture (EA) which was applied at the acupoint Zusanli (ST36) for 20 min per day in high-fat diet- (HFD-) induced obesity model. Treatment lasted for one week.

Wen, Chorng-Kai
Lee, Tzung-Yan
Publication Title: 
BMJ open

INTRODUCTION: This systematic review aims to assess the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture for discomfort in patients during gastroscopy.

Wang, Weiming
Zhang, Tao
Peng, Weina
Wu, Jiani
Liu, Zhishun
Publication Title: 
PloS One

BACKGROUND: Non-pharmacological interventions for depression may help patients manage their condition. Evidence from a recent large-scale trial (ACUDep) suggests that acupuncture and counselling can provide longer-term benefits for many patients with depression. This paper describes the strategies practitioners reported using to promote longer-term benefits for their patients. METHODS: A qualitative sub-study of practitioners (acupuncturists and counsellors) embedded in a randomised controlled trial.

MacPherson, Hugh
Newbronner, Liz
Chamberlain, Ruth
Richmond, Stewart J.
Lansdown, Harriet
Perren, Sara
Hopton, Ann
Spilsbury, Karen
Publication Title: 
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: eCAM

We observed the inhibitive effect of electroacupuncture (EA) at Zusanli on inflammatory mediators of postoperative intra-abdominal adhesions to find out the relationship between EA and the cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway. Sixty-four rats were divided into 8 groups (A-H, each = 8): A = sham control; B = abdominal adhesions model; C = abdominal adhesions plus EA; D = sham acupoint control; E = abdominal adhesions plus vagotomy; F = abdominal adhesions plus EA after vagotomy; G = abdominal adhesions plus α-bungarotoxin (BGT); and H = abdominal adhesions plus EA after α-BGT.

Zhang, Lijian
Wang, Huizhen
Huang, Zhenjun
Shi, Xian
Hu, Sen
Gaischek, Ingrid
Litscher, Daniela
Wang, Lu
Litscher, Gerhard
Publication Title: 
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: eCAM

Pain-related massage, important in traditional Eastern medicine, is increasingly used in the Western world. So the widening acceptance demands continual safety assessment. This review is an evaluation of the frequency and severity of adverse events (AEs) reported mainly for pain-related massage between 2003 and 2013. Relevant all-languages reports in 6 databases were identified and assessed by two coauthors. During the 11-year period, 40 reports of 138 AEs were associated with massage.

Yin, Ping
Gao, Ningyang
Wu, Junyi
Litscher, Gerhard
Xu, Shifen
Publication Title: 
Indian Journal of Anaesthesia

The use of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) as non-pharmacological therapeutic modality is increasing. The types of TENS used clinically are conventional TENS, acupuncture TENS and intense TENS. Their working is believed to be based on gate control theory of pain and activation of endogenous opioids. TENS has been used in anaesthesia for treatment of post-operative analgesia, post-operative nausea vomiting and labour analgesia. Evidence to support analgesic efficacy of TENS is ambiguous.

Kerai, Sukhyanti
Saxena, Kirti Nath
Taneja, Bharti
Sehrawat, Lalit
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BACKGROUND: Cold hands sensation is a common disorder within the Korean population. Many Korean family physicians believe that it is a mild early manifestation of Raynaud's phenomenon (RP), or may be related to RP. RP is characterized by reversible digital vasospasm provoked by cold temperatures and/or emotional stress, and doctors often prescribe medications that are used in treatment of RP for subjects with cold hands. However, this has not shown a clear benefit, and these medications can cause unwanted side effects.

Seo, Jung-Chul
Lee, Hyun-Jong
Kwak, Min-Ah
Park, Sung-Hoon
Shin, ImHee
Yun, Woo-Sung
Park, Kihyuk