Acupuncture for the treatment of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Four English and four Chinese databases were searched through June 2016. Randomised controlled trials investigating the effectiveness of manual acupuncture or electroacupuncture (MA/EA) for GORD versus or as an adjunct to Western medicine (WM) were selected. Data extraction and quality evaluation were performed by two authors independently and RevMan 5.2.0 was used to analyse data.

Connecting insomnia, sleep apnoea and depression

Insomnia and obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) are the two most common sleep disorders. Insomnia is a known risk factor for incidence and severity of depression, recurrence of depressive episodes and even suicide.[1] Several studies have also shown that OSA can contribute to the development of depression.[2] Insomnia and OSA often co-occur, but previous research has not addressed the interactions, for example, whether this co-occurrence is associated with worse depression.

Fenugreek (Hu Lu Ba) and Testosterone Levels

Dietary fiber rich fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) seeds have exhibited cardioprotective, hypolipidemic and other health benefits. Furosap (FS), an innovative, patented, 20% protodioscin-enriched extract was developed in our laboratory from fenugreek seeds. This study examined the free and total testosterone levels, sperm profile and morphology, sexual health, mood and mental alertness, and broad spectrum safety parameters of FS in 50 male volunteers following supplementation over a period of 12 weeks.

These stunning plants all have one thing in common: A taste for blood

Somewhere along the evolutionary timeline of bog-dwelling angiosperms, the plants gathered together and decided they wouldn’t take it any longer.No more would insects see plants as the ultimate salad bar. The time had come to fight back. The time had come for the plants to start eating the bugs.

Wave-Induced Flow in Meridians Demonstrated Using Photoluminescent Bioceramic Material on Acupuncture Points

The mechanisms of acupuncture remain poorly understood, but it is generally assumed that measuring the electrical conductivity at various meridians provides data representing various meridian energies. In the past, noninvasive methods have been used to stimulate the acupuncture points at meridians, such as heat, electricity, magnets, and lasers. Photoluminescent bioceramic (PLB) material has been proven to weaken hydrogen bonds and alter the characteristics of liquid water. In this study, we applied the noninvasive PLB technique to acupuncture point irradiation, attempting to detect its effects by using electrical conductivity measurements. We reviewed relevant literature, searching for information on meridians including their wave-induced flow characteristics.

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By Geek3 (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Association of traditional Chinese medicine therapy and the risk of dementia in patients with hypertension: a nationwide population-based cohort study

Patients with hypertension (HTN) reportedly have a higher risk of developing dementia. However, it remains unclear if use of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the most common form of complementary and alternative medicine, can help lower the risk of dementia for these patients. So the aim of the study was to investigate the effects of TCM on dementia risk among patients with hypertension.

Hormone Receptor Expression in Human Fascial Tissue

Many epidemiologic, clinical, and experimental findings point to sex differences in myofascial pain in view of the fact that adult women tend to have more myofascial problems with respect to men. It is possible that one of the stimuli to sensitization of fascial nociceptors could come from hormonal factors such as estrogen and relaxin, that are involved in extracellular matrix and collagen remodeling and thus contribute to functions of myofascial tissue.

Guizhi and Rougui (Cinnamomum loureirii bark and twig)

The cinnamon tree has been one of China’s most important herbal sources since antiquity. The Shanghan lun, China’s most revered herbal classic written 1,850 years ago, deliberately commences its introduction of classical prescriptions with Guizhi Tang (Cinnamon Decoction). According to the theory of flavors put forward in the Tangye jing, another influential herb primer from the formative period of Chinese medicine, pungent medicinals have the ability to stimulate the moving power inherent in all life forms. Perhaps more than any other plant, cinnamon’s unique fusion of sweet and spicy flavors have made it a general symbol of yang qi in China. It grows only in the deep South, and is therefore regarded as a warming “solar” plant that has the ability to drive out all cold, stagnant and evil yin influences. No weeds grow underneath a cinnamon tree, even in the thickest jungle.

An Ancient Cure for Alzheimer’s?

In 2011, Ben Trumble emerged from the Bolivian jungle with a backpack containing hundreds of vials of saliva. He had spent six weeks following indigenous men as they tramped through the wilderness, shooting arrows at wild pigs. The men belonged to the Tsimane people, who live as our ancestors did thousands of years ago — hunting, foraging and farming small plots of land. Dr. Trumble had asked the men to spit into vials a few times a day so that he could map their testosterone levels. In return, he carried their kills and helped them field-dress their meat — a sort of roadie to the hunters.

Acupuncture For Fertility After Ectopic Pregnancy

Researchers from the Fudan University Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital tested the benefits of acupuncture for patients receiving emergency ectopic pregnancy surgery. A ruptured fallopian tube or heavy bleeding necessitates surgical intervention. Laparoscopic surgery often involves a salpingectomy, which is surgical removal of a fallopian tube. The fallopian tube may be left intact after repair but salpingostomy procedures to restore tubal patency may not be adequate to prevent blockages and consequent infertility. After careful clinical trials, the Fudan University Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital University researchers conclude that acupuncture combined with herbal medicine improves tubal patency and reduces the mass of fallopian tube obstructions.

Community Acupuncture Found Effective For Pain

Acupuncture combined with supplementary Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) modalities is found effective for the alleviation of chronic neck, shoulder, back, and osteoarthritis pain. Researchers provided acupuncture treatments over the course of eight weekly sessions in a group setting. The researchers confirm that the therapeutic benefits of acupuncture have lasting results. All acupuncture treatments ceased at the eight week data point. A 24 week follow-up confirms that pain levels remain reduced even though no treatments were provided after the eight week data point.

Floaters and their treatment with Chinese herbs

In the Yinhai Jingwei (Essential Subtleties on the Silver Sea), a text on ophthalmology from the time of the Ming Dynasty (1), there is a discussion of floaters, described as "black blurred specks in the eyes resembling fly wings." The pathology is said to be related to the "water of the kidney" refers to the kidney yin, as distinguished from the "fire of the kidney," which corresponds to the kidney yang or mingmen fire.

Prevention and Treatment of Cataracts with Reference to Chinese Medicine

It is estimated (by Pro Ro Nata, Inc., a consulting firm) that traditional Chinese medicine products for eye disorders accounted for 41 million dollars (U.S.) of business in 2002, with 80% sold over the counter in pharmacies, the rest prescribed at hospitals and clinics. Cataracts are a major target of therapy, with 40% of the ophthalmic drug market (including non-TCM therapies). Unfortunately, little is known about the success rate for these treatments. Both internal and topical therapies are used.

The Six Qi and the Six Yin

The six qi (liuqi) refers to an ancient Chinese concept still relied upon in today’s discussions of traditional Chinese medical practices.  The concept behind the term is that external (environmental) conditions can influence the functions of the body.  When the environmental conditions are moderate and normal (e.g., “seasonable weather”) and the person is dressed properly and protected from over exposure, the sixqi have a positive influence.  However, when the conditions become extreme, when they change rapidly, or when they do not follow the usual pattern, they are able to adversely affect health, and cause disease.  In such cases, the six qi are known as liuyin (six excesses) or even liuxie (six evils).
 

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By Ziegler175 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Acupuncture seen to reduce coronary heart disease risk in fibromyalgia patients- Taiwan study

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved several therapies to treat fibromyalgia. Non-pharmacological treatments include acupuncture, massage, and exercise. Acupuncture has already been shown to be beneficial in animal studies and clinical trials, but there have been no previous studies on acupuncture’s effect on CHD in fibromyalgia.

One, Two, Three, Four… How Many Sessions More?

At the intersection between clinical practice and research, an important question has emerged: How much acupuncture is enough to provide results and have a lasting impact? Acupuncture is an effective treatment for many conditions, such as chronic pain or chronic depression, and one key to its success is receiving an adequate amount of treatment. My patients will often ask how often they need to come. In general, one acupuncture session isn’t enough to achieve enduring results; to ensure long-lasting effects, they need a larger “dose.”