Chinese New Year 2013 -Year of the Snake

10 Feb 2013

  February 10, 2013 marks the Chinese New Year, kicking off the Year of the Black Water Snake in Chinese Astrology. Snake years tend to bring unexpected transformations to our lives. Yet while there may not be many outward manifestations of change, there will be plenty of activity beneath the surface. Behind-the-scenes talks, secret negotiations and clandestine activity will characterize this Chinese year … things are not what they seem in a Snake year.   The Water element is emotive, compassionate and perceptive. By tuning into your intuition, you can detect changes that can’t be perceived with the naked eye. Snake years reward those who do plenty of research before.

Shen’s textbook on the management of autoimmune diseases with Chinese medicine

08 Feb 2013

It is our duty as doctors to explore every treatment option in order to assist patients both physically and psychologically (p xv)This comprehensive and scholarly book is the latest of several impressive tomes from Donica Publishing, a small Anglo-Chin...

Could acupuncture at the so-called forbidden points be harmful to the health of pregnant Wistar rats?

05 Feb 2013

AimThis study is the second report from a single experiment planned to determine if acupuncture at LI4 and SP6, or at the sacral points, could produce any harm in the pregnancy outcome of Wistar rats, as has been hypothesised in traditional knowledge. ...

Sympathetic nervous system responses to acupuncture and non-penetrating sham acupuncture in experimental forearm pain: a single-blind randomised descriptive study

02 Feb 2013

ObjectiveTo quantify the sympathetic nervous system response to acupuncture and non-penetrating sham acupuncture in volunteers with pain.MethodsA single-blind, randomised controlled study of 36 healthy adults with no recent participation in forearm str...

Effects of acupuncture on the outcome of in vitro fertilisation and intracytoplasmic sperm injection in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome

01 Feb 2013

BackgroundDifferent mechanisms have been described for the effects of acupuncture on fertility. Acupuncture may mediate neurotransmitter release, which results in the stimulation of gonadotrophin-releasing hormone secretion. The production of neurotran...

Perceptual motor features of expert acupuncture lifting-thrusting skills

01 Feb 2013

BackgroundLittle is known with regard to how acupuncture skills are optimally taught, learnt and evaluated despite clear evidence that technical skill acquisition is important to trainee success in health professions.ObjectivesThis study reports an inv...

Moxibustion for breech presentation: significant new evidence

31 Jan 2013

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

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

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

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 ...

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