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BMC complementary and alternative medicine

BACKGROUND: Electroacupuncture (EA) is a traditional Chinese medicine treatment guided by meridian theory. As it gradually gains more worldwide acceptance, a clarification of its mechanisms is extremely urgent. We observed variations in transcutaneous oxygen pressure/carbon dioxide pressure (tcpO2/tcpCO2) and microcirculation blood perfusion units (BPU) along the pericardium meridian, and cardiac function during EA at Neiguan (PC6) to explore variations in energy metabolism and its relationship with visceral function adjustments during EA.

Author(s): 
Zheng, Shu-Xia
Pan, Xiao-Hua
Xu, Jin-Sen
Xiu, Chun-Ying
Dong, Ya-Qin
Zhu, Xiaoxiang
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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: eCAM

The aim of this overview is to evaluate the primo vascular system research in the context of the history of meridian theory and the modern meanings of it. The 12 meridian systems were naturally presupposed in the conventional study of the meridians and acupuncture. But the excavations of Mawang-tui old documents and Sichuan Mianyang wooden puppet revealed the primordial concepts of meridians uncolored by the numerological cosmology of Han era. Further, the meridian map of horse, cow and hawk show another resemblance to the primordial type of meridians.

Author(s): 
Jeon, Jongwook
Lee, Sanghun
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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: eCAM

Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) has been defined as a regional pain syndrome characterized by muscle pain caused by myofascial trigger points (MTrPs) clinically. MTrP is defined as the hyperirritable spot in a palpable taut band of skeletal muscle fibers. Appropriate treatment to MTrPs can effectively relieve the clinical pain of MPS. Needling therapies, such as MTrP injection, dry needling, or acupuncture (AcP) can effectively eliminate pain immediately.

Author(s): 
Chou, Li-Wei
Kao, Mu-Jung
Lin, Jaung-Geng
Publication Title: 
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: eCAM

The meridian system is a systematic order of empirical knowledge functioning as a rational ground for a balanced treatment by combining meridians. In TCM theory, a continuous circulation of Qi through 12 meridians is postulated, described as the Chinese clock (CC). On this basis, combinations of meridians and acupoints had been described in historical writings. The most common is the interior/exterior system beside the neighbouring system, the opposite clock system, and three systems, developed out of the theory of the six stages.

Author(s): 
Schroeder, Sven
Epplée, Susanne
Zhang, Jianwei
Meyer-Hamme, Gesa
Friedemann, Thomas
Hu, Weiguo
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Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England

The broad changes that have occurred in the treatment of intractable pain are considered. There is a new understanding of the anatomy and physiology of pain pathways and pain appreciation. Thus gate control theory, the spinal laminae, and the descending inhibitory pain pathway through the raphe nuclei are discussed in relation to the recent discovery of the opioid (enkephalin) systems. Out of this arises the stimulation methods of pain relief--transcutaneous neural stimulation, periaqueductal stimulation, and acupuncture. These are valuable in patients with a normal expectation of life.

Author(s): 
Lipton, S.
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Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

Over decades, consciousness research has accumulated evidence of the real and measureable existence of "spooky actions at a distance"--modes of telepathy, telekinesis, clairvoyance, and the like. More recently scientists have begun rigorous study of the effects of distant healing intention and prayer vis-a-vis nonhuman living systems and patients in clinical trials. A barrier to taking such work seriously may be the belief that it is fundamentally incompatible with the scientific world view.

Author(s): 
Leder, Drew
Publication Title: 
Medical Acupuncture

Background: Integrative medicine is becoming increasingly accepted in the global scheme of health care. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is often included among integrative medicine modalities. Objective: This article provides a background for integration of acupuncture and other TCM-derived approaches to managing psychiatric conditions. Methods: Classical theories of TCM that pertain to psychiatric conditions are reviewed, focusing on concepts of energetic imbalance, the implications of mind-body-spirit connections, and treatment strategies that involve TCM modalities.

Author(s): 
Aung, Steven K. H.
Fay, Heather
Hobbs, Richard F.
Publication Title: 
BMC complementary and alternative medicine

BACKGROUND: Tai Chi training enhances physical function and may reduce falls in older adults with and without balance disorders, yet its effect on postural control as quantified by the magnitude or speed of center-of-pressure (COP) excursions beneath the feet is less clear. We hypothesized that COP metrics derived from complex systems theory may better capture the multi-component stimulus that Tai Chi has on the postural control system, as compared with traditional COP measures.

Author(s): 
Manor, Brad
Lipsitz, Lewis A.
Wayne, Peter M.
Peng, C.-K.
Li, Li
Publication Title: 
BMC complementary and alternative medicine

BACKGROUND: Tai Chi training enhances physical function and may reduce falls in older adults with and without balance disorders, yet its effect on postural control as quantified by the magnitude or speed of center-of-pressure (COP) excursions beneath the feet is less clear. We hypothesized that COP metrics derived from complex systems theory may better capture the multi-component stimulus that Tai Chi has on the postural control system, as compared with traditional COP measures.

Author(s): 
Manor, Brad
Lipsitz, Lewis A.
Wayne, Peter M.
Peng, C.-K.
Li, Li
Publication Title: 
BMC complementary and alternative medicine

BACKGROUND: Electroacupuncture (EA) is a traditional Chinese medicine treatment guided by meridian theory. As it gradually gains more worldwide acceptance, a clarification of its mechanisms is extremely urgent. We observed variations in transcutaneous oxygen pressure/carbon dioxide pressure (tcpO2/tcpCO2) and microcirculation blood perfusion units (BPU) along the pericardium meridian, and cardiac function during EA at Neiguan (PC6) to explore variations in energy metabolism and its relationship with visceral function adjustments during EA.

Author(s): 
Zheng, Shu-Xia
Pan, Xiao-Hua
Xu, Jin-Sen
Xiu, Chun-Ying
Dong, Ya-Qin
Zhu, Xiaoxiang

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