Key regions of the cerebral network are altered after electroacupuncture at the Baihui (GV20) and Yintang acupuncture points in healthy volunteers: an analysis based on resting fcMRI

25 Jul 2013
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ObjectiveTo identify the key cerebral functional region affected by acupuncture point needling by examining cerebral networks using functional connectivity MRI (fcMRI) and analysing changes in the key regions of these brain networks at different time p...

Effectiveness of cupping therapy for low back pain: a systematic review

25 Jul 2013
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Cupping therapy has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of several chronic conditions, such as low back pain, chronic arthralgia, radiculopathy and respiratory disease.1 Dry and wet cupping (with controlle...

Integrated approach to treatment-resistant atrial fibrillation: additional value of acupuncture

24 Jul 2013
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A 62-year-old patient with chronic bronchitis had treatment-resistant atrial fibrillation. Electrical cardioversion was performed, but sinus rhythm (SR) lasted only for some minutes. Administration of amiodarone was withheld in favour of a course of ac...

Failed acupuncture treatment of small intestinal obstruction after distal gastric cancer: a case report

19 Jul 2013
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We would like to report a case in which inappropriate use of acupuncture for intestinal obstruction may have increased the patient's discomfort and delayed definitive treatment for the underlying cause.Case reportA 58-year-old man went to Changhai Hosp...

Conventional and complementary approaches to chronic widespread pain and its comorbidities

05 Jul 2013
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The concept of comorbidities as a challenge for healthcare systems has recently been given increasing attention in leading medical journals. Many patients suffering from chronic pain, especially those who are older or poorer, have more than one patholo...

Lateralisation of cerebral response to active acupuncture in patients with unilateral ischaemic stroke: an fMRI study

03 Jul 2013
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ObjectiveAcupuncture is beneficial in treating stroke neuropsychiatric symptoms. The present study aimed to identify functional brain response to active acupuncture in patients with unilateral ischaemic stroke using functional MRI (fMRI).MethodsA total...

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