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Electroacupuncture ameliorates corticotrophin-releasing factor-induced jejunal dysmotility in a rat model of stress.

Acupunct Med 2020 Jun 30:964528420920288. Epub 2020 Jun 30.

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

Background: Central injection of corticotrophin-releasing factor (CRF) mimics the effect of stress on gastrointestinal (GI) responses, including inhibition of GI motility. This study was designed to explore the effects of electroacupuncture (EA) on disordered jejunal motility in a rat model of stress induced by intracisternal (IC) injection of CRF.

Methods: A stress model was established by IC injection of CRF in Sprague-Dawley rats. Read More

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Electroacupuncture promotes motor function and functional connectivity in rats with ischemic stroke: an animal resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging study.

Acupunct Med 2020 Jun 23:964528420920297. Epub 2020 Jun 23.

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

Background: To evaluate whether electroacupuncture (EA) treatment at LI11 and ST36 could reduce motor impairments and enhance brain functional recovery in a rat model of ischemic stroke.

Methods: A rat model of middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) was established. EA at LI11 and ST36 was started at 24 h (MCAO + EA group) after ischemic stroke modeling. Read More

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Identifying patients with chronic pain who respond to acupuncture: results from an individual patient data meta-analysis.

Acupunct Med 2020 Jun 22:964528420920303. Epub 2020 Jun 22.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, USA.

Background: In a recent individual patient data meta-analysis, acupuncture was found to be superior to sham and non-sham controls in patients with chronic pain. It has been suggested that a subgroup of patients has an exceptional response to acupuncture. We hypothesized the presence of exceptional acupuncture responders would lead to a different distribution of pain scores in acupuncture versus control groups, with the former being skewed to the right. Read More

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Effects of acupuncture on cardiovascular risks in patients with hypertension: a Korean cohort study.

Acupunct Med 2020 Jun 20:964528420920290. Epub 2020 Jun 20.

Research Group of Pain and Neuroscience, East-West Medical Research Institute, Kyung Hee University and WHO Collaborating Center for Traditional Medicine, Seoul, South Korea.

Objectives: The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of acupuncture on major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE), myocardial infarction, stroke and death in hypertensive patients taking anti-hypertensives.

Methods: Using the Korean National Health Insurance Service-National Sample Cohort (NHIS-NSC) database, this study identified 59,370 patients taking anti-hypertensives who had been diagnosed with hypertension between 2003 and 2006. They were divided into acupuncture and non-acupuncture groups. Read More

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A comparison of the effects of electroacupuncture versus transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation for pain control in knee osteoarthritis: a Bayesian network meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.

Acupunct Med 2020 Jun 20:964528420921193. Epub 2020 Jun 20.

School of Acupuncture-Moxibustion and Tuina, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing, China.

Background: To compare the effectiveness of electroacupuncture (EA) and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) for pain control in knee osteoarthritis (KOA).

Methods: Four English (MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane Library and Web of Science) and three Chinese (China Science Journal Citation Report (VIP), Wanfang and China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI)) language databases were searched for eligible randomized controlled trials (RCTs), comparing four approaches: EA, TENS, medication and sham/placebo controls. The primary outcome was pain intensity, measured by visual analogue scale (VAS), numeric-rating scale (NRS) or Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) scale. Read More

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Exploring traditional acupuncture point selection patterns for pain control: data mining of randomised controlled clinical trials.

Acupunct Med 2020 Jun 20:964528420926173. Epub 2020 Jun 20.

Acupuncture & Meridian Science Research Center, College of Korean Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Republic of Korea.

Background: The underlying principles of traditional acupuncture point selection for pain control are complex. Analysis of acupuncture treatments from clinical studies may provide us with a potential rule when selecting traditional acupuncture points (hereafter abbreviated as "points") in treatment protocols for pain control. The aim of this study was to investigate which points were most commonly used to treat pain in randomised controlled clinical trials (RCTs). Read More

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Safe needling depth at abdominal traditional acupuncture points: a ultrasonographic study of cadavers.

Acupunct Med 2020 Jun 17:964528420922241. Epub 2020 Jun 17.

Health Science Center, Peking University, Beijing, China *S Li and W Zhang have made an equal contribution to this letter.

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Acupuncture for post-stroke shoulder pain: a case report.

Acupunct Med 2020 Jun 15:964528420920292. Epub 2020 Jun 15.

Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Tokyo Ariake University of Medical and Health Sciences, Tokyo, Japan.

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Acupuncture inhibited airway inflammation and group 2 innate lymphoid cells in the lung in an ovalbumin-induced murine asthma model.

Acupunct Med 2020 Jun 15:964528420924033. Epub 2020 Jun 15.

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

Background: Group 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s) are known to serve important functions in the pathogenesis of allergic airway inflammation. Studies have shown that acupuncture has an anti-inflammatory effect in the airways. However, how acupuncture treatment affects innate immunity, especially with regard to the function of ILC2s in ovalbumin (OVA)-induced allergic airway inflammation, is poorly understood. Read More

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A Malaysian retrospective study of acupuncture-assisted anesthesia in breast lump excision.

Acupunct Med 2020 Jun 15:964528420920307. Epub 2020 Jun 15.

Department of Surgery, Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun, Ministry of Health, Malaysia.

Introduction: The objective of this retrospective study was to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture-assisted anesthesia (AAA) in breast lump excision.

Methods: The medical records of all patients who underwent breast lump excision under AAA in combination with electrical stimulation at traditional acupuncture points in 2016 were examined. All of them (n = 17) received electrostimulation (2-4 Hz) using single needles inserted at bilateral LI4 and PC6. Read More

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June 2020
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Electroacupuncture-induced plasticity between face and hand representations in motor cortex is associated with recovery of function after facial nerve injury.

Acupunct Med 2020 Jun 15:964528420920298. Epub 2020 Jun 15.

Acupuncture Research Team, The Second Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou, China.

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Profile of acupuncture use among primary care physicians working in the Brazilian public healthcare system.

Acupunct Med 2020 Jun 15:964528420912250. Epub 2020 Jun 15.

Integrative Medicine and Acupuncture Service, University Hospital, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil.

Background: An introductory acupuncture course has been offered to primary health care physicians and family medicine residents in southern Brazil since 2011.

Objective: To analyze the profile of acupuncture utilization of primary care physicians who completed an introductory course of acupuncture between 2011 and 2018.

Method: A survey using an electronic questionnaire was sent to all 119 physicians who completed the course. Read More

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Establishment of appropriate sham acupuncture and successful patient blinding.

Acupunct Med 2020 Jun 12:964528420924035. Epub 2020 Jun 12.

Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, The Third Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang Chinese Medical University, Hangzhou, China.

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Successful treatment of persistent hiccups with myofascial trigger point dry needling: a case report.

Acupunct Med 2020 Jun 12:964528420920296. Epub 2020 Jun 12.

Department of Sport Medicine and Rehabilitation, Shanghai University of Sport, and Shanghai Ciyuan Rehabilitation Hospital, Shanghai, P.R. China.

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Effects of dry needling on post-stroke brain activity and muscle spasticity of the upper limb: a case report.

Acupunct Med 2020 Jun 12:964528420920294. Epub 2020 Jun 12.

Bethesda Physiocare, Bethesda, MD, USA.

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June 2020
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Acupuncture at LR3 and KI3 shows a control effect on essential hypertension and targeted action on cerebral regions related to blood pressure regulation: a resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging study.

Acupunct Med 2020 Jun 12:964528420920282. Epub 2020 Jun 12.

School of the Tradition Chinese Medicine, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China.

Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of acupuncture at LR3 and KI3 on hypertension at different time points and on related cerebral regions using resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI).

Methods: We randomly divided 29 subjects into two groups: Group A (receiving acupuncture at LR3 + KI3; 15 subjects) and group B (receiving acupuncture at LR3 and a sham location not corresponding to any traditional acupuncture point; 14 subjects). Acupuncture was performed. Read More

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June 2020
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Functional connectivity of the retrosplenial cortex in rats with ischemic stroke is improved by electroacupuncture.

Acupunct Med 2020 Jun 12:964528420921190. Epub 2020 Jun 12.

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

Background: The aim of this study was to investigate the central mechanism underlying the putative beneficial effects of electroacupuncture (EA) on learning and memory ability of rats with ischemic stroke-induced cognitive deficits by resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

Methods: A rat model of middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO)-induced cognitive deficit (MICD) was established. Rats were randomly assigned into a sham-operated control group (SC group, n = 12), untreated MICD model group (MICD group, n = 12), and MICD group receiving EA treatment at GV20 and GV24 (MICD + EA group, n = 12). Read More

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Atraumatic glenohumeral dislocation associated with silent abscess formation following acupuncture.

Acupunct Med 2020 Jun 12:964528420920301. Epub 2020 Jun 12.

Department of Orthopedics, Shanxi Provincial People's Hospital, Taiyuan, China.

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Acupuncture in the management of trigeminal neuralgia.

Acupunct Med 2020 Jun 10:964528420924042. Epub 2020 Jun 10.

School of Medical Sciences, Bangor University, Bangor, UK.

Background: We aimed to assess the standing of acupuncture as a clinical tool in the management of trigeminal neuralgia against the current first-line drug treatment (carbamazepine) and the most effective surgery (microvascular decompression (MVD)).

Methods: Data regarding efficacy, side effects and cost were compiled for each of these three modalities from the PubMed and Cochrane Library databases. Patient stress was estimated according to Holmes and Rahe's Social Readjustment Rating Scale (SRRS). Read More

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Electroacupuncture alleviates intestinal inflammation and barrier dysfunction by activating dopamine in a rat model of intestinal ischaemia.

Acupunct Med 2020 Jun 9:964528420922232. Epub 2020 Jun 9.

Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Chinese PLA General Hospital, Beijing, China.

Background: To investigate whether the mechanism underlying the anti-inflammatory effects of electroacupuncture (EA) at ST36 involves dopamine (DA) and its receptor and whether it is mediated by the vagus nerve in a rat model of intestinal ischaemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury.

Methods: Rats were subjected to gut ischaemia for 30 min and then received EA for 30 min with or without abdominal vagotomy or intraperitoneal administration of butaclamol (D1 receptor antagonist) or spiperone (D2 receptor antagonist). Plasma levels of DA and tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-α were assessed 1 or 4 h after reperfusion. Read More

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Sustained effects of a brief and standardised acupuncture approach on menopausal symptoms: post hoc analysis of the ACOM randomised controlled trial.

Acupunct Med 2020 Jun 9:964528420920280. Epub 2020 Jun 9.

The Research Unit for General Practice, Department of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Background: Our objective was to investigate whether the effect of a brief and standardised acupuncture approach persists after the end of the acupuncture treatment (post-treatment effect) and whether the anticipation of future acupuncture treatment affects menopausal symptoms (pre-treatment effect).

Method: This study is a post hoc analysis of data from a randomised controlled trial where women with moderate to severe menopausal symptoms were offered weekly acupuncture treatment over five consecutive weeks and randomised (1:1) to an early intervention group that received treatment immediately and a late intervention group with a 6-week delay. The acupuncture style was Western medical, administered at CV3, CV4 and bilateral LR8, SP6 and SP9. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0964528420920280DOI Listing

Systematic review and meta-analysis of effects of acupuncture on pain and function in non-specific low back pain.

Acupunct Med 2020 May 27:acupmed2017011622. Epub 2020 May 27.

Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China.

Objective: To assess the effectiveness of acupuncture for non-specific low back pain (NSLBP) through systematic review of published randomised controlled trials (RCTs).

Methods: Studies were identified in electronic databases from their inception to February 2018, and were grouped according to the control interventions. The outcomes of interest were pain intensity and disability. Read More

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Low back pain in athletes can be controlled with acupuncture by a catecholaminergic pathway: clinical trial.

Acupunct Med 2020 May 20:964528420912251. Epub 2020 May 20.

"Laboratorio de Inmunología, Centro de Estudios en Ciencias de la Salud y la Enfermedad, Facultad de Odontología, Universidad Autónoma "Benito Juárez" de Oaxaca, Oaxaca, México.

Background: Activation of the sympathetic nervous system attenuates inflammation via catecholamines. Recent evidence has shown that electroacupuncture (EA) activates neuronal networks involved in the release of dopamine and norepinephrine that control systemic inflammation. In muscle, catecholamines are related to cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP). Read More

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Lower rates of mortality, readmission and reoperation in patients receiving acupuncture after hip fracture: a population-based analysis.

Acupunct Med 2020 May 20:964528420911664. Epub 2020 May 20.

Department of Health Services Administration, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan.

Background: Studies on the effects of acupuncture on mortality and complication rates in hip fracture patients are limited by small sample size and short follow-up time. We aimed to assess the associations of acupuncture use with mortality, readmission and reoperation rates in hip fracture patients using a longitudinal population-based database.

Methods: A retrospective matched cohort study was conducted using data for the years 1996-2012 from Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database. Read More

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Adverse events related to electroacupuncture: a systematic review of single case studies and case series.

Acupunct Med 2020 May 16:964528420920287. Epub 2020 May 16.

Korea Medicine Clinical Trial Center, Korea Medicine Hospital, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, South Korea.

Objective: Electroacupuncture (EA) is used in the treatment of various diseases through the use of electrical stimulation. Reports of adverse events (AEs) associated with acupuncture are relatively consistent, but the safety of EA has been less well reported. In this systematic review, we provide a summary of the types of AEs related to EA in clinical practice. Read More

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Economic evaluation alongside a randomised controlled trial to assess the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of acupuncture in the management of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy.

Acupunct Med 2020 May 13:964528420920285. Epub 2020 May 13.

Department of Clinical Oncology, Prince of Wales Hospital, Hung Hom, Hong Kong SAR.

Objective: To assess the cost-effectiveness of acupuncture in the management of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) in Hong Kong.

Methods: A within trial cost-utility analysis with the primary endpoint for the economic evaluation being the Quality Adjusted Life Year (QALY) and associated Incremental Cost Effectiveness Ratio (ICER) over 14 weeks of treatment. A secondary cost-effectiveness analysis was undertaken with the endpoint being change in pain as measured on the Brief Pain Inventory (BPI). Read More

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Awake craniotomy for patients with difficult airway: a case of anesthetic management using a combination of wrist-ankle acupuncture analgesia and scalp block.

Acupunct Med 2020 May 13:964528420920284. Epub 2020 May 13.

Department of Anesthesiology, Hebei Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shijiazhuang, China.

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Crossover effects of ultrasound-guided percutaneous neuromodulation on contralateral hamstring flexibility.

Acupunct Med 2020 May 13:964528420920283. Epub 2020 May 13.

Faculty of Sport Sciences, Universidad Europea de Madrid, Villaviciosa de Odón, 28670, Madrid, Spain.

Background: Crossover effects refer to the responses of a non-exercised contralateral limb. There is evidence of this effect, as it relates to muscle fatigue, strength, and stretch, but not as it relates to neuromodulation.

Objectives: To compare the crossover effects of percutaneous neuromodulation (PNM) on hip range of motion (ROM), observed in a straight leg raise (SLR) test, in asymptomatic participants with bilateral reduced hamstring flexibility, versus the neurodynamic sciatic sliding technique, hamstring stretching and mechanical stimulation of the sciatic nerve using a needle (without electrical stimulation). Read More

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Accuracy of acupuncture point location among first-year acupuncture students: A pilot study evaluating the impact of training and use of an adjustable ruler.

Acupunct Med 2020 May 13:964528420920302. Epub 2020 May 13.

Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine, Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Background: The proportional method of acupuncture point location (APL) currently taught at Endeavor College of Natural Health and advocated by the World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific (WPRO) was found to be imprecise and/or inaccurate in previous student studies. The ruler and elastic methods of APL were identified as more accurate or precise than the proportional method of APL but were not well received by student participants. Use of an adjustable ruler may overcome barriers to uptake of the more accurate APL methods. Read More

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Tooth extraction under electroacupuncture analgesia.

Acupunct Med 2020 May 13:964528420912258. Epub 2020 May 13.

Department of Bioengineering and Brazilian College of Acupuncture, University of Brazil, São Paulo, Brazil.

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The effect of two types of minimal acupuncture on stooling, sleeping and feeding in infants with colic: secondary analysis of a multicentre RCT in Sweden (ACU-COL).

Acupunct Med 2020 May 6:964528420920308. Epub 2020 May 6.

Department of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.

Background: Evidence for the effect of minimal acupuncture in infants with colic is limited.

Aim: To compare the effect of standardized minimal acupuncture, individualized acupuncture (where traditional acupuncture points were chosen according to the infant's symptoms) and no acupuncture on objective measures of stooling, feeding and sleeping in infants with colic (based on diaries) and perceived changes in these parameters (based on parental questionnaires).

Methods: This was a secondary analysis of a multicentre randomized controlled three-armed trial conducted in four counties in Sweden between January 2013 and May 2015 (ACU-COL). Read More

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Non-specific effects of acupuncture and sham acupuncture in clinical trials from the patient's perspective: a systematic review of qualitative evidence.

Acupunct Med 2020 May 6:964528420920299. Epub 2020 May 6.

Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong.

Background: Previous clinical trials have demonstrated that both acupuncture and sham acupuncture exert significant, non-specific effects on treatment outcomes when compared to no-treatment controls. A recently developed framework (mechanisms in orthodox and complementary and alternative medicine-MOCAM) suggests that the non-specific effects of acupuncture originate from multiple domains (e.g. Read More

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Auricular acupuncture for insomnia of chronic fatigue syndrome: a case report.

Acupunct Med 2020 May 5:964528420920279. Epub 2020 May 5.

Acupuncture and Tuina School, Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chengdu, China.

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May 2020
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Effects of pain neuroscience education and dry needling for the management of patients with chronic myofascial neck pain: a randomized clinical trial.

Acupunct Med 2020 May 5:964528420920300. Epub 2020 May 5.

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

Objectives: The aim of this study was to observe the medium-term effects on pain, disability, and psychological factors of a combination of myofascial trigger point (MTrP) dry needling (DN) with pain neuroscience education (PNE) versus DN alone versus control care as usual (CUC) in patients with chronic neck pain.

Methods: A total of 60 patients were randomly selected in a Spanish National Health Service Public Hospital and divided into three groups: 6 sessions of DN with 3 sessions of PNE (TrPDN + PNE group, n = 21), 6 sessions of DN alone (TrPDN group, n = 20), or 10 sessions of usual care (CUC group, n = 19). The primary outcome was neck pain intensity, while neck disability, medication intake, and psychological factors were secondary outcomes. Read More

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Acupuncture for pain management in pediatric psoriatic arthritis: a case report.

Acupunct Med 2020 May 6:964528420920281. Epub 2020 May 6.

Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care ARCO, Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesù IRCCS, Rome, Italy.

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Modulation of hippocampal dopamine and synapse-related proteins by electroacupuncture improves memory deficit caused by sleep deprivation.

Acupunct Med 2020 May 5:964528420902147. Epub 2020 May 5.

Research Center for Clinical Medicine, Jinshan Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai, China.

Background: Sleep is crucial for proper functioning of the brain, whereas lack of sleep is very common in modern society and can cause memory impairment. Hence, it is of great significance to find effective methods to intervene in the pathogenesis of memory impairment.

Objective: We designed this study to explore the mechanism underlying the therapeutic effects of electroacupuncture (EA) on the deficits caused by sleep deprivation (SD). Read More

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Comparison of dry needling and ischaemic compression techniques on pain and function in patients with patellofemoral pain syndrome: a randomised clinical trial.

Acupunct Med 2020 Apr 27:964528420912253. Epub 2020 Apr 27.

Department of Orthopedics, Babol University of Medical Sciences, Babol, Iran.

Background: To compare the effectiveness of ischaemic compression (IC) applied directly to the knee versus dry needling (DN) with respect to pain, functional status and sensitivity to mechanical stimulation of vastus medialis obliquus (VMO) myofascial trigger points (MTrPs) in patients with patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS).

Methods: A total of 54 patients with unilateral PFPS aged 20-30 years were selected randomly from patients referred to physical therapy clinics of Babol University of Medical Sciences in Iran. Twenty-seven patients were allocated to either IC or DN groups. Read More

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Manual acupuncture relieves microglia-mediated neuroinflammation in a rat model of traumatic brain injury by inhibiting the RhoA/ROCK2 pathway.

Acupunct Med 2020 Apr 20:964528420912248. Epub 2020 Apr 20.

Traditional Chinese Medical College of Jinan University, Guangzhou, China.

Objective: To investigate the regulatory mechanism of manual acupuncture (MA) on microglial polarization-mediated neuroinflammation after traumatic brain injury (TBI), focusing on the RhoA/Rho-associated coiled coil-forming protein kinase (ROCK2) pathway.

Methods: Sprague Dawley (SD) rats were used to generate a TBI model using Feeney's freefall epidural impact method. MA was performed on half of the TBI model rats, while the others remained untreated. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0964528420912248DOI Listing

Acromioplasty rates in patients with shoulder disorders with and without acupuncture treatment: a retrospective propensity score-matched cohort study.

Acupunct Med 2020 Apr 20:964528419895529. Epub 2020 Apr 20.

Jaseng Spine and Joint Research Institute, Jaseng Medical Foundation, Seoul, Republic of Korea.

Objective: This retrospective propensity score-matched cohort study aimed to examine the frequency of acromioplasty among patients with shoulder disorders receiving and not receiving acupuncture, based on Korea National Health Insurance Service-National Sample Cohort (NHIS-NSC) data.

Methods: We included cases of high-frequency shoulder disorders-adhesive capsulitis, rotator cuff syndrome, shoulder impingement syndrome, and sprain and strain of the shoulder joint-stratified from the Korea NHIS-NSC database between 2002 and 2013; cases were classified into two groups based on a history of acupuncture treatment performed at least twice within 6 weeks (acupuncture group:  = 111,561; control group:  = 71,340). We examined propensity scores and hazard ratios (HRs) for the frequency of acromioplasty, within 2 years of the first treatment or first examination in the acupuncture and control groups, respectively; cumulative survival rates were estimated using Kaplan-Meier survival analysis. Read More

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Acupuncture and related techniques for obesity and cardiovascular risk factors: a systematic review and meta-regression analysis.

Acupunct Med 2020 Apr 20:acupmed2018011646. Epub 2020 Apr 20.

Evidence-Based Medicine Research Centre, School of Basic Medical Sciences, Jiangxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Nanchang, China.

Objective: To assess how acupuncture and related techniques affect weight-related indicators and cardiovascular risk factors compared with non-acupuncture interventions in overweight and obese patients.

Methods: We searched PubMed, Embase and CENTRAL up to 19 April 2018 and included relevant randomised controlled trials (RCTs). Weighted mean differences (WMDs) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) were pooled using the inverse variance method with random-effects model. Read More

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An expert consensus to standardize acupuncture treatment for knee osteoarthritis.

Acupunct Med 2020 Apr 20:964528419900789. Epub 2020 Apr 20.

Acupuncture Research Center, School of Acupuncture, Moxibustion and Tuina, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing, China.

Background: Acupuncture has been advocated for as a potentially effective therapy for patients with knee osteoarthritis (KOA) in systematic reviews and guidelines. However, there is still a lack of agreement on the optimal therapeutic protocol for acupuncture. This aim of this study was to develop an expert consensus regarding the therapeutic protocol of acupuncture to guide doctors in clinical practice. Read More

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Effects of acupuncture on anthropometric and serum metabolic parameters in premenopausal overweight and obese women: a randomized, patient- and assessor-blind, sham-controlled clinical trial.

Acupunct Med 2020 Apr 17:964528420912259. Epub 2020 Apr 17.

Department of Korean Rehabilitation Medicine, College of Korean Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Republic of Korea.

Objective: The aim of this study was to examine the effect of acupuncture on obesity-related parameters with regard to metabolomics.

Methods: This two-arm parallel, patient- and assessor-blind, sham-controlled randomized clinical trial included 120 obese participants. Participants were randomized into two groups. Read More

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Electroacupuncture combined with acarbose improves insulin sensitivity via peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ activation and produces a stronger glucose-lowering effect than acarbose alone in a rat model of steroid-induced insulin resistance.

Acupunct Med 2020 Apr 16:964528419901135. Epub 2020 Apr 16.

Department of Medicinal Botanicals and Health Applications, Da-Yeh University, Dacun.

Background: Previous studies have reported that electroacupuncture (EA) induces a glucose-lowering effect by improving insulin resistance (IR) and reduces plasma free fatty acid (FFA) levels in rats with steroid-induced insulin resistance (SIIR). In addition, EA can activate cholinergic nerves and stimulate endogenous opioid peptides to lower plasma glucose in streptozotocin-induced hyperglycemic rats. The aim of this study was to investigate the glucose-lowering effects of 15 Hz EA at bilateral ST36 in combination with acarbose (ACA). Read More

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A prospective pilot study of the effect of acupuncture on insulin sensitivity in women with polycystic ovary syndrome and insulin resistance.

Acupunct Med 2020 Apr 4:964528420902144. Epub 2020 Apr 4.

Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine, The First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University, Guangzhou, China.

Objective: To test the hypothesis that acupuncture improves insulin sensitivity in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and insulin resistance (IR).

Design: Prospective pilot study.

Setting: Guangzhou, China, 2014-2016. Read More

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Acupuncture as an adjunctive therapy for stable angina.

Acupunct Med 2020 Apr 3:964528420905841. Epub 2020 Apr 3.

Department of Cardiology, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA.

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What is important is not the practice itself, but safe clinical settings related to the practice.

Acupunct Med 2020 Apr 1:964528419883281. Epub 2020 Apr 1.

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

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Ultrasound-guided acupuncture of the sphenopalatine ganglion for the treatment of vasomotor rhinitis: a case report.

Acupunct Med 2020 Apr 1:964528420906414. Epub 2020 Apr 1.

Department of Acupuncture-Moxibustion, China-Japan Friendship Hospital, Beijing, China.

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Acupuncture stimulation attenuates TNF-α production via vagal modulation in the concanavalin A model of hepatitis.

Acupunct Med 2020 Apr 1:964528420907338. Epub 2020 Apr 1.

Department of Oriental Medicine, Daejeon University, Daejeon, Republic of Korea.

Background: A growing body of evidence shows that neuronal activity is involved in modulating the efficacy of acupuncture therapy. However, it has been seldom investigated whether neuronal activity following acupuncture stimulation is effective at regulating hepatic inflammation.

Objective: Using the concanavalin A (ConA) model of hepatitis, we investigated the regulation of inflammatory cytokine tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α in the liver tissue and the blood after acupuncture stimulation at ST36. Read More

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Dry needling for scar treatment.

Acupunct Med 2020 Mar 30:964528420912255. Epub 2020 Mar 30.

Department of Physical Therapy, Recanati School for Community Health Professions, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel.

Objective: To review current scientific knowledge as to the efficacy of dry needling of scars on pain and other related symptoms and explore the possible physiological mechanisms of action.

Methods: A narrative review of scientific literature published in English.

Results: Two randomized controlled trials found that dry needling of scars (using the classic "surrounding the dragon" technique in one study and intradermal needling in a second study) was more effective than sham or control interventions with respect to scar appearance and pain. Read More

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Effects of dry needling of active trigger points in the scalene muscles in individuals with mechanical neck pain: a randomized clinical trial.

Acupunct Med 2020 Mar 30:964528420912254. Epub 2020 Mar 30.

Department Radiology, Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain.

Objective: The aim of this study was to compare the effects of dry needling (DN) versus pressure release over scalene muscle trigger points (TrPs) on pain, related disability, and inspiratory vital capacity in individuals with neck pain.

Methods: In this randomized, single-blind trial, 30 patients with mechanical neck pain and active TrPs in the scalene musculature were randomly allocated to trigger point dry needling (TrP-DN; n = 15) or pressure release (n = 15) groups. The DN group received a single session of DN of active TrPs in the anterior scalene muscles, and the pressure release group received a single session of TrP pressure release over the same muscle lasting 30 s. Read More

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