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Electroacupuncture for pain relief in labour inhibits spinal p38 MAPK-mediated prostaglandin E2 release and uterine prostaglandin E2 receptor expression in rats.

Acupunct Med 2019 Apr 12:acupmed2017011559. Epub 2019 Apr 12.

2 The First Affiliated Hospital, Guangxi University of Chinese Medicine, Nanning, China.

Background: p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (p38 MAPK) activation involves the release of prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) and hyperalgesia. We have previously reported that electroacupuncture (EA) relieves labour pain, but the potential mechanisms remain unclear.

Objective: To observe the effects of EA on labour pain intensity, serum PGE2 levels and the p38 MAPK signalling pathway in rats during labour. Read More

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April 2019
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Alleviation of trigeminal neuropathic pain by electroacupuncture: the role of hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated channel protein expression in the Gasserian ganglion.

Acupunct Med 2019 Apr 12:964528419841614. Epub 2019 Apr 12.

2 MGH Center for Translational Pain Research, Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.

Introduction: The aim of this study was to examine the effect of electroacupuncture (EA) on trigeminal neuropathic pain in rats and explore the potential mechanism underlying the putative therapeutic effect of EA.

Methods: Trigeminal neuropathic pain behavior was induced in rats by unilateral chronic constriction injury of the distal infraorbital nerve (dIoN-CCI). EA was administered at ST2 ( Sibai) and Jiachengjiang. Read More

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Effects and mechanism of action of transcutaneous electrical acupuncture point stimulation in patients with abnormal semen parameters.

Acupunct Med 2019 Apr 3:acupmed2017011365. Epub 2019 Apr 3.

1 Reproductive Medical Center, The Second Hospital affiliated to Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Jinan, People's Republic of China.

Objective:: To evaluate the effect of transcutaneous electrical acupuncture point stimulation (TEAS) on sperm parameters and the underlying molecular mechanisms.

Methods:: A total of 121 patients diagnosed with oligozoospermia, asthenozoospermia or oligoasthenozoospermia were randomised into four groups (three treatment groups, one control): the TEAS groups were treated with 2 Hz (n=31), 100 Hz (n=31), or mock stimulation (n=29) at acupuncture points BL23, ST36, CV1 and CV4 for 2 months. The control group (n=30) was provided with lifestyle advice only. Read More

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Acupunct Med 2019 Mar 27:964528419842774. Epub 2019 Mar 27.

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Acupuncture for the treatment of lower limb diabetic peripheral neuropathy: a systematic review.

Acupunct Med 2019 Mar 22:acupmed2018011666. Epub 2019 Mar 22.

1 Department of Podiatric Medicine, School of Science and Health, University of Western Sydney, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia.

Objective:: To examine evidence for acupuncture interventions in the management of diabetes-related peripheral neuropathy (DPN) symptoms.

Methods:: Five electronic databases were searched up to June 2017 for studies that included participants with symptoms of DPN, used an acupuncture intervention, and reported before-and-after DPN-related outcome measures. Two reviewers independently performed the data extraction. Read More

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March 2019
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Developing and employing a 'responsive manualization' in the 'Acupuncture Approaches to Decrease Disparities in Outcomes of Pain Treatment' comparative effectiveness study.

Acupunct Med 2019 Mar 22:964528419834015. Epub 2019 Mar 22.

1 Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, USA.

Objective:: The aim of this article is to describe the process used to develop an acupuncture therapy manual for a large effectiveness trial comparing individual care against group care for chronic pain in an underserved population. The design needed to not only ensure research consistency and replicability but also be 'responsive' to real world heterogeneous and evolving presentations in challenging physical settings.

Background:: Chronic pain is prevalent in the United States. Read More

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Acupuncture-induced differentiation of stem cells into neuron-like cells in patients with spinal cord injuries.

Acupunct Med 2019 Mar 22:964528419832616. Epub 2019 Mar 22.

2 Institute for Laboratory Diagnostics, Hygiene and Transfusion Medicine, Klinikum der Stadt Ludwigshafen, Ludwigshafen, Germany.

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March 2019
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Supporting informed choice in acupuncture: effects of a new person-, evidence- and theory-based website for patients with back pain.

Acupunct Med 2019 Mar 21:964528419827228. Epub 2019 Mar 21.

1 Centre for Clinical and Community Applications of Health Psychology, Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK.

Objectives:: To test whether a newly developed person-, theory- and evidence-based website about acupuncture helps patients make informed decisions about whether or not to use acupuncture for back pain.

Methods:: A randomised online study compared a newly developed 'enhanced website' to a 'standard website'. The enhanced website provided evidence-based information in a person-based manner and targeted psychological constructs. Read More

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Acupuncture for symptoms management in Korean breast cancer survivors: a prospective pilot study.

Acupunct Med 2019 Mar 21:964528419832610. Epub 2019 Mar 21.

2 Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion, College of Korean Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, South Korea.

Background:: There is an unmet need for effective treatment of the various treatment-related symptoms experienced by breast cancer survivors. These symptoms could be alleviated by acupuncture. Although several lines of evidence in Western countries suggest that acupuncture has a beneficial effect on symptoms in breast cancer survivors, few relevant studies have been conducted in Korean patients. Read More

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March 2019
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Transcutaneous electrical acupuncture point stimulation improves pregnancy outcomes in patients with recurrent implantation failure undergoing in vitro fertilisation and embryo transfer: a prospective, randomised trial.

Acupunct Med 2019 Mar 13:acupmed2017011483. Epub 2019 Mar 13.

2 The Fourth Clinical Medical College of Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Shenzhen Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital), Shenzhen, China.

Objective:: To evaluate the effect of transcutaneous electrical acupuncture stimulation (TEAS) on pregnancy outcomes in patients with recurrent implantation failure (RIF) undergoing in vitro fertilisation (IVF).

Methods:: A total of 122 women with RIF undergoing fresh embryo transfer cycle IVF were randomly allocated to a TEAS or mock TEAS (MTEAS) group. Gonadotrophin therapy using a long protocol was provided in both groups. Read More

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Immediate effects of ultrasound-guided percutaneous neuromodulation versus physical exercise on performance of the flexor hallucis longus muscle in professional dancers: a randomised clinical trial.

Acupunct Med 2019 Mar 12:964528419826103. Epub 2019 Mar 12.

Department of Physiotherapy, University of Seville, Seville, Spain.

Background:: Ultrasound-guided percutaneous neuromodulation (US-guided PNM) is a minimally invasive intervention. This technique consists of the application of percutaneous electrical stimulation (PES) through an acupuncture needle-like electrode that is placed in close proximity to the nerve or motor point of the target muscle under ultrasound guidance.

Objective:: To examine the immediate effects of a stretching exercise, an eccentric exercise and US-guided PNM on the performance of the flexor hallucis longus (FHL) muscle in young dancers. Read More

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March 2019
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Acupuncture protects the interstitial cells of Cajal by regulating miR-222 in a rat model of post-operative ileus.

Acupunct Med 2019 Mar 11:964528419829755. Epub 2019 Mar 11.

2 Clinical Medical College of Acupuncture, Moxibustion and Rehabilitation, Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou, China.

Background:: Recovery of the interstitial cells of Cajal (ICCs) during post-operative ileus (POI) is important for the restoration of gastrointestinal (GI) motility. Acupuncture can protect ICCs, but the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. In this study, we investigated whether miR-222, c-kit and endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) are involved in the putative effects of acupuncture on ICC recovery. Read More

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March 2019
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Changes in cerebral glucose metabolism after acupuncture at KI3 in spontaneously hypertensive rats: a positron emission tomography study.

Acupunct Med 2019 Mar 11:964528419828733. Epub 2019 Mar 11.

1 Clinical School of Acupuncture and Rehabilitation, Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou, China.

Objective:: The aim of this study was to explore the effect of acupuncture stimulation at KI3 on brain glucose metabolism in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs).

Methods:: Brain glucose metabolism in SHRs after acupuncture stimulation at KI3 was detected using 18F-2-fluorodeoxy-D-glucose positron emission tomography (18F-FDG-PET). SHRs were randomly divided into three groups: no treatment (SHR group); acupuncture at KI3 (KI3 group); and sham acupuncture (Sham group). Read More

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Effects of acupuncture on breast cancer-related lymphoedema: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials.

Acupunct Med 2019 Mar 8:acupmed2018011668. Epub 2019 Mar 8.

1 School of Nursing, Jilin University,Changchun, Jilin, China.

Objective:: Breast cancer-related lymphoedema (BCRL) is a common complication after breast cancer treatment. We investigated whether acupuncture could be used to manage limb oedema in women after breast cancer surgery.

Methods:: The Cochrane Library, PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, CINAHL, and four Chinese databases were electronically searched for papers published through November 2017. Read More

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The effect of dry needling on upper and lower limb spasticity in a patient with a brain tumor.

Acupunct Med 2019 Mar 8:964528419830401. Epub 2019 Mar 8.

1 Sports Medicine Research Center, Neuroscience Institute, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

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March 2019
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Effects of manual acupuncture combined with donepezil in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease.

Acupunct Med 2019 Mar 7:acupmed2016011310. Epub 2019 Mar 7.

1 Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing, China.

Objectives:: To explore whether combined therapy with donepezil and acupuncture is better than treatment with donepezil or acupuncture individually in a rat model of Alzheimer's disease.

Methods:: In this study, we randomly divided 40 7.5-month-old senescence-accelerated mouse prone 8 (SAMP8) male mice into four groups: SAMP8, SAMP8+D, SAMP8+MA and SAMP8+D+MA. Read More

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Acupuncture combined with swallowing training for poststroke dysphagia: a meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials.

Acupunct Med 2019 Mar 7:acupmed2016011305. Epub 2019 Mar 7.

2 Department of Gastroenterology, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China.

Objective:: This meta-analysis aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of the combination of acupuncture with swallowing training for poststroke dysphagia.

Method:: Nine electronic databases (including PubMed and China National Knowledge Infrastructure) were searched from their inception through June 2016. Seventeen studies were included in this meta-analysis. Read More

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Acupuncture at PC6 prevents cardiac hypertrophy in isoproterenol-treated mice.

Acupunct Med 2019 Mar 7:acupmed2017011418. Epub 2019 Mar 7.

1 Second Affiliated Hospital of Heilongjiang TCM University, Harbin, China.

Objectives:: To investigate the effect of acupuncture at PC6 on cardiac hypertrophy in isoproterenol (ISO)-treated mice.

Methods:: 48 male C57BL/6 mice underwent subcutaneous injection of ISO for 14 days and were randomly divided into four groups (n=12 each) that remained untreated (ISO group), received verum manual acupuncture (MA) treatment at PC6 (ISO+MA(PC6) group), sham MA at location on the tail not corresponding to any traditional acupuncture point (ISO+MA(tail) group), or propranolol (ISO+PR group). An additional 12 mice were given an injection of phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) and formed a healthy control (Normal) group. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/acupmed-2017-011418DOI Listing
March 2019
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Effects of electroacupuncture on anxiety and depression in unmarried patients with polycystic ovarian syndrome: secondary analysis of a pilot randomised controlled trial.

Acupunct Med 2019 Mar 7:acupmed2017011615. Epub 2019 Mar 7.

5 Institute of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China.

Objective:: To evaluate the efficacy of electroacupuncture (EA) for the treatment of anxiety and depression in unmarried patients with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) by secondary analysis of a randomised controlled trial.

Methods:: A prospective pilot randomised controlled trial of unmarried women with PCOS was conducted from November 2012 to March 2016. Participants were assigned to the acupuncture group (receiving EA for 16 weeks) or the control group (receiving sham acupuncture for 16 weeks), with 27 patients in each group. Read More

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March 2019
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Treatment of persistent hiccups after arthroplasty: effects of acupuncture at PC6, CV12 and ST36.

Acupunct Med 2019 Mar 7:acupmed2016011304. Epub 2019 Mar 7.

1 Department of Orthopaedics, Changzhou Traditional Chinese Medical Hospital, Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, China.

Objective:: There are multiple treatment options for hiccups, including non-pharmacological therapies, but little evidence of superiority of one treatment over another. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of acupuncture on persistent hiccups after arthroplasty.

Methods:: From April 2010 to December 2015, 15 patients with primary unilateral total hip/knee arthroplasty were diagnosed with persistent hiccups and given acupuncture at PC6, CV12 and ST36. Read More

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March 2019
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Electroacupuncture exerts an anti-migraine effect via modulation of the 5-HT7 receptor in the conscious rat.

Acupunct Med 2019 Mar 7:acupmed2017011410. Epub 2019 Mar 7.

1 Neurology Department, The First Affiliated Hospital of Anhui University of Chinese Medicine, Hefei, China.

Background:: Acupuncture has been recommended as an alternative therapy for migraine. Emerging evidence suggests that the 5-HT receptor (5-HTR) plays a significant facilitatory role in descending modulation in migraine pathophysiology, and that activation of 5-HTR in the descending pathway is involved in migraine central sensitisation.

Objective:: To investigate the ability of electroacupuncture (EA) to ameliorate central sensitisation via modulation of 5-HTR in the descending pain pathways using a rat model of migraine induced by repetitive dural electrical stimulation (DES). Read More

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March 2019
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Electroacupuncture ameliorates cognitive impairment through inhibition of Ca-mediated neurotoxicity in a rat model of cerebral ischaemia-reperfusion injury.

Acupunct Med 2018 Dec 26;36(6):401-407. Epub 2018 Sep 26.

Clinical Medicine Department, Fujian Health College, Fuzhou, China.

Background: The hippocampus is vulnerable to severe damage after cerebral ischaemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury. This study aimed to explore the effect of electroacupuncture (EA) on cognitive impairment and its relationship with Caneurotoxicity in a rat model of I/R injury induced by middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO).

Methods: 60 adult male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into three groups: control (sham surgery) group, untreated MCAO group and EA-treated MCAO+EA group. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6287559PMC
December 2018
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The impact of STRICTA and CONSORT on reporting of randomised control trials of acupuncture: a systematic methodological evaluation.

Acupunct Med 2018 Dec 10;36(6):349-357. Epub 2018 Sep 10.

Department of Health Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of York, York, UK.

Background: Clear and unambiguous reporting is essential for researchers and clinicians to be able to assess the quality of research. To enhance the quality of reporting, consensus-based reporting guidelines are commonly used.

Objectives: To update and extend previous research by evaluating the more recent impact of STRICTA (STandards for Reporting Interventions in Controlled Trials of Acupuncture) and CONSORT (CONsolidated Standards Of Reporting Trials) guidelines on the quality of reporting of acupuncture trials. Read More

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December 2018
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Effect of electroacupuncture on the activity of corticotrophin-releasing hormone neurons in the hypothalamus and amygdala in rats exposed to restraint water-immersion stress.

Acupunct Med 2018 Dec 1;36(6):394-400. Epub 2018 Sep 1.

Shandong Provincial Key Laboratory of Animal Resistance Biology, College of Life Sciences, Shandong Normal University, Jinan, Shandong, China.

Objective: To investigate the effects of electroacupuncture (EA) treatment on gastric mucosal lesions and the activity of corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH) neurons in the paraventricular nucleus (PVN) of the hypothalamus and the central nucleus of the amygdala (CNA) in a rat model of restraint water-immersion stress (RWIS).

Methods: 24 male Wistar rats were randomly divided into three groups: normal, RWIS, and RWIS+EA (n=8 per group). Rats in the RWIS group and RWIS+EA group received RWIS for 3 hours. Read More

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December 2018
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An alternative approach to pudendal nerve stimulation.

Acupunct Med 2018 Dec 1;36(6):423-424. Epub 2018 Sep 1.

British Medical Acupuncture Society, London, UK.

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December 2018

Differential innervation of tissues located at traditional acupuncture points in the rat forehead and face.

Acupunct Med 2018 Dec 29;36(6):408-414. Epub 2018 Aug 29.

Institute of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing, China.

Objectives: To compare the neural pathways associated with the tissues located at different traditional acupuncture points in the rat forehead and face using the cholera toxin B subunit (CTB) neural tracing technique.

Methods: After injection of CTB into the tissues at GB14, ST2 and ST6 in the rat, the neural labelling associated with each acupuncture point was revealed by fluorescent immunohistochemistry of the nervous system, including the trigeminal ganglion (TRG), cervical dorsal root ganglia (DRG), spinal cord and brain.

Results: The CTB labelling included sensory neurons and their transganglionic axonal terminals, as well as motor neurons. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/acupmed-2017-011595DOI Listing
December 2018
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Use of acupuncture for musculoskeletal pain in an expedition medicine setting: a case series.

Acupunct Med 2018 Dec 28;36(6):425-426. Epub 2018 Aug 28.

Department of Anaesthesia, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield S10 2JF, UK.

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December 2018
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Acupuncture at ST36 exerts neuroprotective effects via inhibition of reactive astrogliosis in infantile rats with hydrocephalus.

Acupunct Med 2018 Dec 24;36(6):386-393. Epub 2018 Aug 24.

Department of Surgery and Anatomy, Ribeirão Preto Medical School, University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil.

Background: Acupuncture has been associated with improved cerebral circulation, analgesia, neuromodulatory function and neurogenesis. In particular, acupuncture at ST36 has been widely used in several central nervous system (CNS) disorders, including neurodegenerative diseases. However, its effects on hydrocephalus have not been studied. Read More

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December 2018
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Systematic review of acupuncture for the treatment of alcohol withdrawal syndrome.

Acupunct Med 2018 Oct 20;36(5):275-283. Epub 2018 Jul 20.

Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Guang'anmen Hospital, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing, China.

Background: Acupuncture has been used as a potential therapy for alcohol withdrawal syndrome (AWS), but evidence for its effects on this condition is limited.

Objective: To assess the effects and safety of acupuncture for AWS.

Data Sources: Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), PubMed, Embase, the Cochrane Library, PsycINFO, Chinese Biomedicine Literature (CBM), China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) and Wan-Fang Database were searched from their inception to August 2016. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6176524PMC
October 2018
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Effect of electroacupuncture at ST36 on the intestinal mucosal mechanical barrier and expression of occludin in a rat model of sepsis.

Acupunct Med 2018 Oct 12;36(5):333-338. Epub 2018 Jul 12.

ICU Department, Zhejiang Chinese Medical University, Hangzhou, China.

Objective: To observe the effect of electroacupuncture (EA) at ST36 on the intestinal mucosal mechanical barrier and expression of the tight junction (TJ) protein, occludin, in a rat model of sepsis.

Methods: 60 male Wistar rats were randomly divided into six groups (n=10 rats each): Control, Control+EA, CLP (caecal ligation and puncture), CLP+EA, CLP+Sham-EA, and Sham-CLP. Rats of the CLP, CLP+EA and CLP+Sham-EA groups underwent CLP modeling of sepsis; those in the Sham-CLP underwent sham surgery and those in the Control and Control+EA groups remained unoperated. Read More

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October 2018
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Effects of dry needling on post-stroke spasticity, motor function and stability limits: a randomised clinical trial.

Acupunct Med 2018 Dec 9;36(6):358-366. Epub 2018 Jul 9.

Department of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Alcorcon, Spain.

Objective: To determine the effects of inclusion of deep dry needling into a treatment session following the Bobath concept on spasticity, motor function and postural control after a stroke.

Methods: 26 patients who had suffered a stroke were randomly assigned to one of two treatment groups: Bobath only, or Bobath plus dry needling. Both groups received a session including strengthening, stretching and reconditioning exercises following the principles of the Bobath concept. Read More

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December 2018
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Warm needle acupuncture in primary osteoporosis management: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Acupunct Med 2018 Aug 9;36(4):215-221. Epub 2018 Jul 9.

Second Clinical Department, Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China.

Background: Warm needle acupuncture (WNA) is commonly used in primary osteoporosis (OP) management in China. The evidence of its effectiveness needs to be systematically reviewed.

Objective: The aim of the meta-analysis was to evaluate whether using WNA alone or combined with conventional medicine benefits primary OP. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/acupmed-2016-011227DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6089200PMC
August 2018
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Auricular acupuncture for treatment of preoperative anxiety in patients scheduled for ambulatory gynaecological surgery: a prospective controlled investigation with a non-randomised arm.

Acupunct Med 2018 Aug 9;36(4):222-227. Epub 2018 Jul 9.

Department of Anaesthesiology, University Medicine of Greifswald, Greifswald, Germany.

Objective: Auricular acupuncture (AA) is a promising alternative treatment for situational anxiety. The aim of this pilot investigation was to test the acceptability and feasibility of AA as a treatment for preoperative anxiety (PA) in preparation for a subsequent randomised controlled trial.

Methods: AA was offered for treatment of PA to female patients who were scheduled for ambulatory gynaecological surgery. Read More

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August 2018
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Effects of electroacupuncture on bladder and bowel function in patients with transverse myelitis: a prospective observational study.

Acupunct Med 2018 Aug 16;36(4):261-266. Epub 2018 Jun 16.

Department of Acupuncture, Guang'anmen Hospital, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing, China.

Objective: To preliminarily explore the effect of electroacupuncture (EA) on bladder and bowel dysfunction in patients with transverse myelitis.

Methods: Sixteen participants were treated with EA at bilateral BL32, BL33, and BL35 once a day, five times a week for the first 4 weeks, and once every other day, three times a week for the following 4 weeks. Patients were then followed up for 6 months. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6089199PMC
August 2018
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Effectiveness of acupuncture in postpartum depression: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Acupunct Med 2018 Oct 15;36(5):295-301. Epub 2018 Jun 15.

Center for Translational Medicine, Tianyou Hospital, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China.

Objective: To assess the clinical effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of postpartum depression (PPD).

Methods: The following electronic databases were systematically searched: PubMed, Cochrane Library, SCI, Elsevier SDOL, China National Knowledge, Wan Fang database and Chinese Science and Technology Periodical Database. Only randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of acupuncture for PPD were considered. Read More

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October 2018
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Electroacupuncture: a new approach to open the blood-brain barrier in rats recovering from middle cerebral artery occlusion.

Acupunct Med 2018 Dec 14;36(6):377-385. Epub 2018 Jun 14.

The Third Clinical Medical College, Zhejiang Chinese Medical University, Department of Neurobiology and Acupuncture Research, Hangzhou, China.

Objective: To examine for an opening effect on the blood-brain barrier (BBB) in intact rats and rats with experimental ischaemia-reperfusion (I/R) during the recovery period after various electroacupuncture (EA) treatments with different time courses, and to determine whether there is a time-dependent effect. An additional objective was to determine whether this method could induce the penetration of nerve growth factor (NGF) through the BBB.

Methods: A middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) model was first established. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/acupmed-2017-011496DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6287560PMC
December 2018
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Examination of needle surface corrosion in electroacupuncture.

Acupunct Med 2018 Dec 24;36(6):367-376. Epub 2018 May 24.

Centre for Innovative Structures and Materials, School of Engineering, RMIT University, VIC 3083, Australia.

Background: Electroacupuncture (EA) is a modern form of acupuncture therapy where stainless steel acupuncture needles are used as percutaneous electrodes to apply electrical stimulation. The concern about electrolytic corrosion of needles during EA has not been conclusively addressed.

Aim: To examine whether corrosion of stainless steel acupuncture needles occurs after EA to establish the safety profile of this therapy. Read More

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December 2018
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Clinical effects and safety of electroacupuncture for the treatment of post-stroke depression: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials.

Acupunct Med 2018 Oct 18;36(5):284-293. Epub 2018 May 18.

Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine, The Affiliated Hospital of Youjiang Medical University for Nationalities, Baise, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region 533000, China.

Objective: The aim of this systematic review was to assess the efficacy/effectiveness and safety of electroacupuncture (EA) in the treatment of post-stroke depression (PSD).

Methods: A comprehensive literature search in the Pubmed, Embase, CENTRAL, ISI Web of Science, CNKI and Wanfang databases was conducted, and all relevant randomised controlled trials (RCTs) were screened for eligibility by two independent reviewers. The Cochrane Collaboration's tool and Jadad score were used to assess the risk of bias of included studies, and only RCTs scoring ≥3 were included in a meta-analysis. Read More

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October 2018
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Effectiveness of dry needling of rectus abdominis trigger points for the treatment of primary dysmenorrhoea: a randomised parallel-group trial.

Acupunct Med 2018 Oct 2;36(5):302-310. Epub 2018 May 2.

Cátedra de Investigación y Docencia en Fisioterapia: Terapia Manual y Punción Seca, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Alcorcon, Spain.

Objective: To compare the effectiveness of trigger point dry needling (TrP-DN) versus placebo needling, relative to an untreated control group, on pain and quality of life in primary dysmenorrhoea.

Methods: In this randomised, single blind, parallel-group trial, 56 females with primary dysmenorrhoea were randomly allocated to TrP-DN (n=19), placebo needling (n=18) or no treatment (n=19). Patients in both groups were asked to undertake a stretching exercise of the rectus abdominis daily. Read More

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October 2018
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Immediate effects of acupuncture on the mechanosensitivity of the median nerve: an exploratory randomised trial.

Acupunct Med 2018 Jun 2;36(3):132-138. Epub 2018 May 2.

Instituto de Ciencias Biomedicas Abel Salazar (ICBAS - UP), Universidade do Porto, Porto, Portugal.

Background: Acupuncture appears to reduce the mechanosensitivity of peripheral nerves in animal models; yet, this possibility has not been demonstrated in humans.

Objectives: The main objective of this exploratory trial was to evaluate the immediate effects of acupuncture on the mechanosensitivity of the median nerve, measured by the elbow extension range-of-motion (EE-ROM) at pain onset and maximum tolerance during the upper limb neurodynamic test 1 (ULNT1). Additional objectives were to test the effects of two different points in ULNT1 responses and critically appraise pre-/post-intervention changes for conducting future research. Read More

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Analgesic effects of electroacupuncture at ST25 and CV12 in a rat model of postinflammatory irritable bowel syndrome visceral pain.

Acupunct Med 2018 Aug 2;36(4):240-246. Epub 2018 May 2.

College of Public Hygiene, Shaanxi University of Chinese Medicine, Xi'an-Xianyang New Economic Zone, Shaanxi Province, China.

Background: Treatment with electroacupuncture (EA) at ST25 and CV12 has a significant analgesic effect on postinflammatory irritable bowel syndrome (PI-IBS) visceral pain. Enterochromaffin (EC) cells and serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT)) are important in the development of visceral hyperalgesia.

Objective: To investigate the analgesic effect and underlying mechanisms of EA at ST25 and CV12 on the treatment of trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid (TNBS)-induced PI-IBS visceral hyperalgesia in rats. Read More

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August 2018
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Effect of electroacupuncture stimulation on long-term recovery following Achilles tendon rupture in a rat model.

Acupunct Med 2018 Oct 19;36(5):327-332. Epub 2018 Apr 19.

Department of Clinical Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Meiji University of Integrative Medicine, Kyoto, Japan.

Aims: In this study we examined the effect of electroacupuncture (EA) stimulation on the mechanical strength of the rat Achilles tendon after long-term recovery.

Methods: Using 20 rats, an Achilles tendon rupture model was created in an invasive manner. The rats were assigned to one of three groups, that received EA treatment (EA group), minimal acupuncture (MA group) or remained untreated (Control group). Read More

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October 2018
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Electroacupuncture reduces hypothalamic and medullary expression of orexins and their receptors in a rat model of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Acupunct Med 2018 Oct 18;36(5):312-318. Epub 2018 Apr 18.

Department of Physiology, College of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine, Anhui University of Chinese Medicine, Hefei, China.

Objectives: Decreased lung function in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is correlated with abnormal excitability of the respiratory centre where orexin neuropeptides from the hypothalamus are responsible for regulating respiration. We hypothesised that improvements in pulmonary function with electroacupuncture (EA) may be related to orexins in a rat model of COPD.

Methods: The COPD model was established by cigarette smoke exposure and lipopolysaccharide injection. Read More

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October 2018
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Systematic review of acupuncture placebo devices with a focus on the credibility of blinding of healthy participants and/or acupuncturists.

Acupunct Med 2018 Aug 18;36(4):204-214. Epub 2018 Apr 18.

Centre for Innovative Structures and Materials, School of Engineering, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Background: An ideal placebo design in clinical research should resemble the intervention under investigation to facilitate blinding, yet remain clinically inert. With regard to physical interventions such as acupuncture, a true placebo device has not been developed and validated. Since 1998, researchers have designed several placebo acupuncture devices (PADs). Read More

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August 2018
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Long-term electroacupuncture stimulation prevents osteoporosis in ovariectomised osteopaenic rats through multiple signalling pathways.

Acupunct Med 2018 Jun 6;36(3):176-182. Epub 2018 Apr 6.

Acupuncture College, Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Fuzhou, China.

Background: The pathogenic mechanisms of postmenopausal osteoporosis (PMOP) development are complex and are related to multiple cellular signalling transduction pathways. The aim of this study was to compare the effects of electroacupuncture (EA) at GV4/GV6 versus BL20/BL23 on the bones in ovariectomised (OVX) rats to explore the pathways that mediate the effects of EA on bone.

Methods: Forty female Sprague-Dawley rats were allocated to one of four groups (n=10 rats each) that received sham surgery (Sham group), OVX surgery only (OVX group), OVX surgery plus EA at GV4/GV6 (GV group) and OVX surgery plus EA at BL20/BL23 (BL group). Read More

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June 2018
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Is a fake medical journal?

Authors:
Adrian White

Acupunct Med 2018 Aug 6;36(4):267-268. Epub 2018 Apr 6.

(formerly) Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, Plymouth, UK.

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August 2018
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Regulation of the IL-33/ST2 pathway contributes to the anti-inflammatory effect of acupuncture in the ovalbumin-induced murine asthma model.

Acupunct Med 2018 Oct 26;36(5):319-326. Epub 2018 Mar 26.

Department of Integrative Medicine, Huashan Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai, China.

Background: Bronchial asthma is a chronic airway inflammatory disease which has three main pathological features: airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR), airway remodelling, and chronic inflammation. Acupuncture is known to be an effective integrative medical therapy that has been used in the treatment of several chronic diseases, including bronchial asthma. The aim of the current study was to evaluate the effects of acupuncture on inflammation and regulation of the IL-33/ST2 pathway in a mouse model of asthma. Read More

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October 2018
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Acupuncture in the emergency department: a systematic review of randomised controlled trials.

Acupunct Med 2018 Jun 26;36(3):183-192. Epub 2018 Mar 26.

Department of Accident and Emergency, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong SAR, China.

Introduction: A comprehensive review of both English and Chinese language literature to inform acupuncture practice in emergency department (ED) settings is lacking. Accordingly, we aimed to conduct a systematic review of English and Chinese randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of acupuncture use in the ED.

Methods: Four English databases (Embase, PubMed, AMED and CENTRAL) and two Chinese databases (CNKI and Wanfang) were systematically searched using the keywords 'acupuncture' and 'emergency department', followed by a bibliographic search of references. Read More

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June 2018
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Treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome with acupuncture.

Acupunct Med 2018 Aug 26;36(4):269. Epub 2018 Mar 26.

Center for Reproductive Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Peking University Third Hospital, Beijing, China.

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August 2018
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Arterial injury at LI4.

Acupunct Med 2018 Oct 26;36(5):343-344. Epub 2018 Mar 26.

Lisbon, Portugal.

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October 2018
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