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

03 Jul 2013

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...

Seeing the body: a new mechanism for acupuncture analgesia?

29 Jun 2013

The use of visual illusions to study how the brain gives rise to a representation of the body has produced surprising results, particularly in relation to modulation of pain. It seems likely that this research has relevance to how we understand acupunc...

Acupuncture for primary hyperhidrosis: case series

21 Jun 2013

Three cases of primary hyperhidrosis of no known cause, with excess sweating day and night, were treated using the same acupuncture points. The patients reported that their sweating decreased and that they felt better after the treatment.

Teaching acupuncture to medical students: the experience of Rio Preto Medical School (FAMERP), Brazil

21 Jun 2013

Complementary and alternative medicine, and in particular acupuncture, has been practised and taught in recent years in many universities in the Western world. Here, we relate our experiences since 1997 in teaching acupuncture to medical students at Ri...

Acupuncture for treatment of arthralgia secondary to aromatase inhibitor therapy in women with early breast cancer: pilot study

30 May 2013

BackgroundAromatase inhibitors (AIs) are recommended as adjuvant hormone treatment for postmenopausal women with early breast cancer. A substantial proportion of women taking AIs experience joint pain and stiffness. Studies have suggested that acupunct...

An understanding of anatomy under the LI4 acupuncture point

23 May 2013

Acupuncturists may apply a needle into different locations for a given acupuncture point.1 This may raise doubts and uncertainty about the efficacy of acupuncture treatments, and cause complications in acupuncture research and education. For example, t...

Acupuncture in preventing postoperative anaesthesia-related sore throat: a comparison with no acupuncture

10 May 2013

BackgroundPostoperative sore throat occurs frequently in surgical patients as a result of tracheal intubation. Despite advances in medical and anaesthetic care, the incidence of postoperative sore throat remains high. Our study aimed to assess the effi...

Trials of acupuncture for drug dependence: a recommendation for hypotheses based on the literature

10 May 2013

ObjectivesAfter initial promising research into acupuncture for withdrawal from drugs of dependence, two large negative trials were published in 2002 and the use of acupuncture in US rehabilitation facilities fell. However, subsequently it has been mai...

Transient paralysis during acupuncture therapy: a case report of an adverse event

09 May 2013

A patient with apparently well-controlled epilepsy with a painful musculoskeletal condition was treated successfully with two sessions of acupuncture. However, 4 h after the first treatment and during the second, an adverse event involving impairm...

Fear of acupuncture enhances sympathetic activation to acupuncture stimulation

05 May 2013

BackgroundAcupuncture treatment frequently evokes both pain and fear, causing patients to be hesitant about undergoing the procedure. This study investigated individual differences in autonomic response to acupuncture stimulation and its relationship t...

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