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Publication Title: 
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: eCAM

Objective. The objective of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to assess the efficacy of auricular therapy by including a sham therapy control group. Methods. Relevant, randomized clinical trials (RCTs) were identified by searching medical related databases from, depending on journal, 1900 (at the earliest) to 1994 (at the latest) through May 2013. The outcome measure was a pain intensity score. Results. Twenty-two RCTs were identified and 13 RCTs were included for meta-analysis.

Author(s): 
Yeh, Chao Hsing
Chiang, Yi Chien
Hoffman, Samuel L.
Liang, Zhan
Klem, Mary Lou
Tam, Wilson W. S.
Chien, Lung-Chang
Suen, Lorna Kwai-Ping
Publication Title: 
Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery

A rebuttal to Chun KJ, Lee SG, Son BS, Kim Do H: Life-threatening cardiac tamponade: a rare complication of acupuncture. J Cardiothorac Surg 2014, 9:61.

Author(s): 
Kim, Tae-Hun
Kang, Jung Won
Publication Title: 
BMC complementary and alternative medicine

BACKGROUND: The purpose of present study was to examine biological and psychological characteristics of people according to the Sasang typology, which is popular in Korea. We evaluated the Sasang Personality Questionnaire (SPQ) as a measure of temperament, and Body Mass Index (BMI) as a measure of the somatic properties of each Sasang type. METHODS: Subjects were 2506 (877 males, 1629 females) outpatients between the ages of 20 through 70 who requested traditional medical assessment and treatment in Korea.

Author(s): 
Lee, Soo Jin
Park, Soo Hyun
Cloninger, C. Robert
Kim, Yun Hee
Hwang, Minwoo
Chae, Han
Publication Title: 
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: eCAM

To date, the therapeutic strategy against cognitive impairment in Parkinson's disease (PD) is still not in satisfaction level and requires novel effective intervention. Based the oxidative stress reduction and cognitive enhancement induced by laser acupuncture at HT7, the beneficial effect of laser acupuncture at HT7 against cognitive impairment in PD has been focused.

Author(s): 
Wattanathorn, Jintanaporn
Sutalangka, Chatchada
Publication Title: 
BMC complementary and alternative medicine

BACKGROUND: Cumulating evidence has revealed the effectiveness of acupuncture therapy in relieving pain via immunoregulation. However, its underlying mechanism remains unknown. The present study was designed to determine the changes of immunogenic responses at different time-points of electroacupuncture (EA) interventions in neuropathic pain rats. METHODS: The neuropathic pain model was established by ligature of the left sciatic nerve to induce chronic constriction injury (CCI). EA was applied at Zusanli (ST36) and Yanglingquan (GB34) for the EA groups.

Author(s): 
Gao, Yong-Hui
Wang, Jun-Ying
Qiao, Li-Na
Chen, Shu-Ping
Tan, Lian-Hong
Xu, Qiu-Ling
Liu, Jun-Ling
Publication Title: 
PloS One

OBJECTIVE: Painful peripheral electrical stimulation to acupuncture points was found to cause sensitization if delivered randomly (EStim), but induced habituation if triggered by voluntary breathing (BreEStim). The objective was to systematically compare the effectiveness of BreEStim and EStim and to investigate the possible mechanisms mediating the habituation effect of BreEStim. METHODS: Eleven pain-free, healthy subjects (6 males, 5 females) participated in the study. Each subject received the BreEStim and EStim treatments in a random order at least three days apart.

Author(s): 
Li, Shengai
Hu, Tracy
Beran, Maria A.
Li, Sheng
Publication Title: 
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: eCAM

Background. Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) is the preferred option for urolithiasis treatment. However, intensities of pain may be induced and the sedative anesthetic or analgesics were usually needed. The aim of this study was to develop an improved acupuncture-assisted anesthesia approach in pain relief. Methods. We conducted a single-blind, randomized controlled study in China Medical University Hospital. Patients treated by ESWL due to upper urolithiasis were randomly divided into control group, sham-EA group, and 100 Hz EA group.

Author(s): 
Chen, Wei-Ta
Chang, Fang-Chia
Chen, Yi-Hung
Lin, Jaung-Geng
Publication Title: 
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: eCAM

Chemotherapy is one of most significant therapeutic approaches to cancer. Immune system functional state is considered a major prognostic and predictive impact on the success of chemotherapy and it has an important role on patients' psychoemotional state and quality of life. In Chinese medicine, chemotherapy is understood as "toxic cold" that may induce a progressive hypofunctional state of immune system, thus compromising the fast recovery of immunity during chemotherapy.

Author(s): 
Pais, Irene
Correia, Nuno
Pimentel, Isabel
Teles, Maria José
Neves, Esmeralda
Vasconcelos, Júlia
Guimarães, Judite
Azevedo, Nancy
Moreira Pinto, António
Machado, Jorge
Efferth, Thomas
Greten, Henry J.
Publication Title: 
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: eCAM

Systematic reviews of moxibustion for LDH have identified ponderable evidence, especially for heat-sensitive moxibustion (HSM). Therefore, we designed and carried out the large sample trial to evaluate it. 456 patients were recruited from 4 centers in China and were randomly divided into three groups by the ratio of 1 : 1 : 1 to HSM (152) group, conventional moxibustion (152) group, and conventional drug plus acupuncture (152) group.

Author(s): 
Chen, Rixin
Chen, Mingren
Su, Tongsheng
Zhou, Meiqi
Sun, Jianhua
Xiong, Jun
Chi, Zhenhai
Xie, Dingyi
Zhang, Bo
Publication Title: 
World journal of gastroenterology: WJG

AIM: To evaluate the clinical efficacy and safety of acupuncture and moxibustion for the treatment of active Crohn's disease (CD). METHODS: Ninety-two patients were equally and randomly divided into the treatment group and received herb-partitioned moxibustion combined with acupuncture, and the control group received wheat bran-partitioned moxibustion combined with superficial acupuncture. The patients received three treatment sessions per week for 12 wk and were followed up for 24 wk.

Author(s): 
Bao, Chun-Hui
Zhao, Ji-Meng
Liu, Hui-Rong
Lu, Yuan
Zhu, Yi-Fang
Shi, Yin
Weng, Zhi-Jun
Feng, Hui
Guan, Xin
Li, Jing
Chen, Wei-Feng
Wu, Lu-Yi
Jin, Xiao-Ming
Dou, Chuan-Zi
Wu, Huan-Gan

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