Acupuncture improves cognitive deficits and increases neuron density of the hippocampus in middle-aged SAMP8 mice

12 Sep 2012

ObjectivesTo examine whether acupuncture could improve cognitive deficits and reduce the loss of neurons in mice models of ageing.MethodsMale 7.5-month-old senescence-accelerated mouse prone 8 (SAMP8) and age-matched senescence-resistant inbred strains...

Acupuncture Provides True Pain Relief in Study

11 Sep 2012

Acupuncture outperformed sham treatments and standard care when used by people suffering from osteoarthritis, migraines and chronic back, neck and shoulder pain.

The combined effect of acupuncture and Tanacetum parthenium on quality of life in women with headache: randomised study

08 Sep 2012

BackgroundThe aim of the present study was to investigate the efficacy and tolerability of acupuncture (AC), Tanacetum (TAN) or combined treatment on quality of life in women with chronic migraine (CM).MethodsA total of 69 women volunteers were randoml...

Effect of acupuncture treatment for weight loss on gut flora in patients with simple obesity

08 Sep 2012

IntroductionAcupuncture is used in the management of obesity, but the mechanisms of its action are not known. We explored the effect of abdominal acupuncture treatment on body mass index (BMI) and on intestinal flora.Materials and methodsThe study was ...

Is there a role for acupuncture in the treatment of tendinopathy?

23 Aug 2012

Tendinopathy is a debilitating condition in athletic and sedentary populations for which a gold standard treatment strategy does not yet exist. While the pathophysiology of tendinopathy is well understood, a debate remains as to the nature of the pain ...

Do not judge according to appearance: patients’ preference of a doctor’s face does not influence their assessment of the patient-doctor relationship

21 Aug 2012

ObjectivesThe aim of this study was to investigate whether a patient's preference for a doctor's face is associated with better assessments of relational empathy in the patient–doctor relationship after the first clinical consultation.MethodsA to...

Acupuncture for treatment of hospital-induced constipation in children: a retrospective case series study

21 Aug 2012

ObjectiveAcupuncture is a promising option in the treatment of functional bowel disorders. The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility and acceptance of acupuncture for the treatment of hospital-induced constipation (HIC) in children.MethodsB...

Intramuscular stimulation therapy for healthcare: a systematic review of randomised controlled trials

07 Aug 2012

ObjectiveA systematic review of randomised controlled trials was conducted to evaluate the efficacy and effectiveness of intramuscular stimulation (IMS).MethodsElectronic databases including Medline, EMBASE, PsycINFO, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Al...

Evaluation of different moxibustion doses for lumbar disc herniation: multicentre randomised controlled trial of heat-sensitive moxibustion therapy

01 Aug 2012

BackgroundThere is some evidence for the effectiveness of moxibustion for the treatment of lumbar disc herniation (LDH), but it remains unclear what dose is optimal.ObjectiveTo compare the effectiveness of a new technique of individualised ‘sensi...

Acupuncture combined with curcumin disrupts platelet-derived growth factor {beta} receptor/extracellular signal-regulated kinase signalling and stimulates extracellular matrix degradation in carbon tetrachloride-induced hepatic fibrosis in rats

04 Jul 2012

BackgroundAcupuncture treatment has been increasingly used to treat chronic liver diseases. We previously reported that acupuncture combined with curcumin, a natural antifibrotic compound, could remarkably attenuate liver fibrosis in chemically intoxic...

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