Moxibustion for breech presentation: significant new evidence

31 Jan 2013
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Vas and colleagues1 report on a clinical efficacy trial evaluating the role of a single acupuncture point, Bladder 67 (BL67), compared with sham acupuncture (Spleen 1 (SP1)), and usual care only in cephalic version at birth for babies in a breech prese...

Additional evidence for the sustained effect of acupuncture at the vision-related acupuncture point, GB37

31 Jan 2013
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ObjectiveTo investigate the dynamics underlying the sustained effect of acupuncture as a possible explanation of earlier findings that acupuncture stimulation at the vision-related acupuncture point, GB37, cannot specifically change the functional MRI ...

Acupuncture mechanisms in tissue healing: contribution of NO and CGRP

30 Jan 2013
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In three recent articles published in Acupuncture in Medicine, the possible role of acupuncture in tissue healing has been highlighted. In an article on the hypothetical action of acupuncture in the treatment of tendinopathy in the December 2012 issue ...

Myoelectrical activity and muscle morphology in a rat model of myofascial trigger points induced by blunt trauma to the vastus medialis

17 Jan 2013
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ObjectivesTo explore myoelectrical activity and muscle morphology of myofascial trigger points (MTrPs) in an injury model of rats.MethodsA total of 24 male SD rats were randomly divided into a control group (group A) and model group (group B). A blunt ...

Acupuncture in Australian general practice: trends in reimbursed acupuncture services from 1995 to 2011

11 Jan 2013
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ObjectivesTo ascertain the extent of and trends in the use of acupuncture in Australian general practice and the characteristics of patients receiving publicly subsidised acupuncture services from general practitioners (GPs).DesignSecondary analysis of...

Electroacupuncture alleviates intraoperative immunosuppression in patients undergoing supratentorial craniotomy

11 Jan 2013
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BackgroundClinical experience suggests that anaesthesia using a combination of acupuncture and drugs can reduce the dosage of anaesthetics required for craniotomy, decreasing both the disturbance in physiological functions during the operation and post...

Participation of calcitonin gene related peptide released via axon reflex in the local increase in muscle blood flow following manual acupuncture

10 Jan 2013
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ObjectiveThe purpose of this study was to determine how calcitonin gene related peptide (CGRP) via axon reflex participates in increasing local muscle blood flow (MBF) following manual acupuncture (MA).MethodsMale Sprague–Dawley rats (N=56, 270&n...

Effect of auricular acupuncture on gastrointestinal motility and its relationship with vagal activity

05 Jan 2013
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BackgroundVagus nerve stimulation is capable of regulating autonomic nerve function. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the effect of auricular acupuncture (AA) is mediated by the vagus. This study was designed to investigate the effect of AA on gastroin...

A qualitative study of the experiences of patients with knee osteoarthritis undergoing moxibustion

04 Jan 2013
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ObjectiveTo explore and understand how patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) experience moxibustion.MethodThis qualitative research was conducted as part of a larger clinical trial of the effectiveness of moxibustion for the treatment of knee OA by qu...

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