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181. Effects of acupuncture treatment on motor function in patients with subacute hemorrhagic stroke: A randomized controlled study. (Abstract)

Effects of acupuncture treatment on motor function in patients with subacute hemorrhagic stroke: A randomized controlled study. The aim of this study was to evaluate the additional effects of acupuncture treatment on motor function in patients with subacute hemorrhagic stroke.One hundred and thirty-four patients with subacute hemorrhagic stroke were randomized to receive acupuncture treatment plus conventional treatment (treatment group) or conventional treatment only (control group (...) ). Acupuncture treatments were given in 24 sessions over 4 weeks, with 3-month follow-up period. Blinded evaluation was based on Fugl-Meyer Assessment, Barthel Index with an intention-to-treat analysis. For those patients who were able to walk, a three-dimensional gait analysis system was employed to objectively record spatiotemporal and kinematic parameters.Compared with control group, the treatment group showed a significantly greater over-time improvement in total Fugl-Meyer, lower-limb Fugl-Meyer

2020 Complementary Therapies In Medicine

182. The effectiveness of acupuncture for Parkinson's disease: An overview of systematic reviews. (Abstract)

The effectiveness of acupuncture for Parkinson's disease: An overview of systematic reviews. Acupuncture is an alternative therapy for Parkinson's disease (PD), but its efficacy and safety are controversial. This overview aimed to summarize the existing evidence from systematic reviews (SRs) and meta-analyses (MAs) in order to assess the effectiveness of acupuncture as a treatment for PD.Seven electronic databases were searched from their inception until July 2019. The Grading (...) considered of critically low methodological quality. The quality of evidence was unsatisfactory according to the GRADE checklist. Meta-analyses showed that acupuncture combined with drug for the treatment of PD can significantly improve the total effectiveness rate compared with drug alone (RR = 1.25, 95 % CI 1.16-1.34, P < 0.001). It was also found that acupuncture combined with drug significantly improved the UPDRS I-IV total summed scores (WMD=-6.18, 95 % CI -10.32 to -2.04, P < 0.001) and Webster

2020 Complementary Therapies In Medicine

183. Acupuncture therapy for poststroke spastic hemiplegia: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. (Abstract)

Acupuncture therapy for poststroke spastic hemiplegia: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Hemiplegia after stroke is one of the main dysfunctions in stroke patients. Acupuncture had been widely used for poststroke spastic hemiplegia (PSSH), but the efficiency was unclear. This study aimed to examine the efficiency and safety of acupuncture for individuals with PSSH.We searched nine databases from their inception to 27th July 2019. Randomized controlled trials (...) (RCTs) of acupuncture for the treatment of PSSH met the screening criteria. The quality of methodology was evaluated by Cochrane's risk of bias tool. RevMan 5.3 was used to perform the meta-analysis. The primary outcome was the Fugl-Myer Assessment (FMA) score, and the secondary outcomes were the Ashworth Scale for Spasticity (ASS) and Barthel Index (BI) scores. To evaluated the safety of acupuncture therapy, researchers scanned the full text to collect adverse events.Researchers retrieved 2452

2020 Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice

184. Utilising acupuncture for mental health; a mixed-methods approach to understanding the awareness and experience of general practitioners and acupuncturists. (Abstract)

Utilising acupuncture for mental health; a mixed-methods approach to understanding the awareness and experience of general practitioners and acupuncturists. Mental health presents a significant burden of disease and a large, and increasing, number of patients are self-selecting forms of CAM, including acupuncture, as an adjunct, or standalone treatment for the management of their mental health. General practitioners (GPs) play an important role in integrated care management of primary mental (...) analysis. This design consisted of three distinct phases: quantitative, qualitative, implementation and reflection.Both provider groups acknowledged the complexities of working within mental health care, and supported the development of specific mental health competencies in light of the recognition of the limitations surrounding current mental health care. The unfamiliarity of acupuncture's evidence-base to both provider groups was an identified barrier, yet both groups acknowledged that while

2020 Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice

185. A severe case of Ramsay Hunt Syndrome treated with acupuncture and related techniques. (Abstract)

of the application of very fine needles in certain points of the body to relieve pain and relieve certain diseases. We present a case of a young woman with unilateral facial paralysis as part of Ramsay Hunt syndrome. She received conventional treatment with acyclovir, analgesics, corticosteroids and eye protection measures 48 h after the onset of symptoms. At three weeks, due to the lack of improvement of the facial paralysis, manual acupuncture was started along with electroacupuncture, plum blossom hammer (...) A severe case of Ramsay Hunt Syndrome treated with acupuncture and related techniques. Ramsay-Hunt syndrome presents with a vesicular eruption in the ear canal or oral cavity associated with ipsilateral peripheral facial paralysis. The cause is reactivation of the herpes zoster virus in the geniculate ganglion. It is the second most frequent cause of non-traumatic peripheral facial paralysis. Acupuncture is a medical procedure endorsed by the WHO with a wide range of indications. It consists

2020 Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice

186. A Multicenter Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial Testing the Efficacy and Safety of Pterygopalatine Fossa Puncture Using One Acupuncture Needle for Moderate-to-Severe Persistent Allergic Rhinitis. Full Text available with Trip Pro

A Multicenter Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial Testing the Efficacy and Safety of Pterygopalatine Fossa Puncture Using One Acupuncture Needle for Moderate-to-Severe Persistent Allergic Rhinitis. To compare the efficacy and safety of pterygopalatine fossa puncture using one acupuncture needle inserted through the temporal fossa (intervention) and Chinese verum acupuncture (VA) in patients with moderate-to-severe persistent allergic rhinitis.The patients were randomized to an intervention group (...) receiving pterygopalatine fossa puncture with one acupuncture needle for 4 weeks (once or twice weekly, 4-8 sessions in total, with a second course performed if required) or to a control group receiving individualized VA for 4 weeks (twice weekly, eight sessions in total). Patients were followed up 4 weeks later.Ninety-six participants were assigned to intervention (n = 48) or VA (n = 48) or VA (P > 0.05 in all cases). Compared with the VA, the time to onset of effect in the intervention group

2020 Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (eCAM)

187. Evaluation of Reporting Quality in Randomised Controlled Trials of Acupuncture for Acute Herpes Zoster by the CONSORT Statement and STRICTA Guidelines. Full Text available with Trip Pro

" were good reporting, with positive rates >80%. However, the quality of reporting in items "Sample size," "Allocation concealment," "Implementation," "Blinding," "Flow chart," "Intent-to-treat analysis," "Ancillary analyses," and "Clinical Trials Register" was very poor, with positive rates <10%. Based on the STRICTA guidelines, good reporting existed in items "Acupuncture rational," "Points used," "Needle stimulation," "Needle retention time," "Course of treatment," "Control intervention (...) ," and "Treatment frequency," with positive ratings >80%. The reporting quality of items "Numbers of needles inserted," "Depth of insertion," "Responses elicited," and "Practitioner background" was lower, with positive rates <50%. The agreement of most items was judged as moderate, substantial, or good.The reporting quality of RCTs in acupuncture for acute HZ is generally inadequate. It is necessary that researchers and journal editors learn and raise the adoption of the CONSORT statement and STRICTA guidelines

2020 Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (eCAM)

188. Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia: An Open-Label Pragmatic Study on Effects on Disease Severity, Neuropathic Pain Features, and Pain Catastrophizing. Full Text available with Trip Pro

Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia: An Open-Label Pragmatic Study on Effects on Disease Severity, Neuropathic Pain Features, and Pain Catastrophizing. The treatment of fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is still far from being optimally coded, and pharmacological strategies are often unsatisfactory. Acupuncture plays a role among nonpharmacological intervention approaches; however, there is still no clarity as to when to integrate it into therapy. The objective of this study is to explore the role (...) of acupuncture, in terms of efficacy on main disease severity measures and pain features, in patients with nonresponsive disease, defining nonresponsive FMS characterized by a revised Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ-R) ≥39 and a Patient Health Questionnaire 15-item (PHQ15) ≥5 despite optimal drug therapy. Patients were treated with weekly sessions, for a total of eight acupuncture sessions. At the baseline and at the end of the treatment cycle, a comprehensive clinical evaluation was carried out

2020 Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (eCAM)

189. Effects of Acupuncture on Hospitalized Patients with Urinary Retention. Full Text available with Trip Pro

Effects of Acupuncture on Hospitalized Patients with Urinary Retention. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of acupuncture on urinary retention and provide treatment suggestions.A total of 113 hospitalized patients with urinary retention were included in this study. The GV20, CV6, CV4, CV3, ST28, SP6, and SP9 points were selected as the main acupoints. Acupuncture therapy was conducted for 30 minutes per session. The total number of treatment sessions was determined (...) by the symptoms and the length of hospital stay. Bladder postvoid residual urine volume (PVR) was measured pretreatment and posttreatment by ultrasonic. Efficacy defined as spontaneous urination and a residual urine volume <50 mL was measured.The median number of acupuncture treatment sessions was 3 (range, 1-12 times). Acupuncture treatment significantly reduced the PVR (545.1 ± 23.9 mL vs 67.4 ± 10.7 mL; p < 0.001). Among the 113 patients, 99 (87.6%) patients were cured and 8 (7.1%) patients were improved

2020 Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (eCAM)

190. The Effectiveness of Acupuncture in Management of Functional Constipation: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Full Text available with Trip Pro

(VIP)) electronic databases from their inception to October 2019. Included randomized controlled trials (RCTs) compared acupuncture therapy with sham acupuncture or pharmacological therapies. The outcome measures were evaluated, including the primary outcome of complete spontaneous bowel movement (CSBM) and secondary outcomes of Bristol Stool Form Scale (BSFS), constipation symptoms scores (CSS), responder rate, the Patient Assessment of Constipation Quality of Life (PAC-QOL) questionnaire (...) The Effectiveness of Acupuncture in Management of Functional Constipation: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. The purpose of this study was to assess the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture for functional constipation (FC).A rigorous literature search was performed in English (PubMed, Web of Science, the Cochrane Library, and EMBASE) and Chinese (China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), Chinese Biological Medical (CBM), Wanfang database, and China Science and Technology Journal

2020 Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (eCAM)

191. Effect of Acupuncture on Muscle Endurance in the Female Shoulder Joint: A Pilot Study. Full Text available with Trip Pro

Effect of Acupuncture on Muscle Endurance in the Female Shoulder Joint: A Pilot Study. Shoulder joint dysfunction is the leading cause of decreased athletic ability in athletes. Shoulder joint sports injuries affect the athletic performance of athletes. Improvements in the muscle endurance of the shoulder joint can reduce the incidence of shoulder joint dysfunction. Acupuncture has been an important part of Asian culture for a long time. In acupuncture, nerves are stimulated, inducing (...) postactivation potentiation (PAP) in the body's motor units and enhancing muscle strength. In this research, 20 female participants with full flexion/extension and adduction/abduction ranges of motion in the shoulder joint during isokinetic exercises underwent stimulation of the following acupuncture points in the shoulder joint: Binao (LI14), Jianyu (LI15), Jianliao (SJ14), Naohui (SJ13), Yuzhong (KI26), Zhongfu (LU1), Yunmen (LU2), Xiabai (LU4), Chize (LU5), Tianfu (LU3), and Xiaoluo (SJ12). In the study

2020 Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (eCAM)

192. Commonality and Specificity of Acupuncture Point Selections. Full Text available with Trip Pro

Commonality and Specificity of Acupuncture Point Selections. Because individual acupoints have a wide variety of indications, it is difficult to accurately identify the associations between acupoints and specific diseases. Thus, the present study aimed at revealing the commonality and specificity of acupoint selections using virtual medical diagnoses based on several cases.Eighty currently practicing Korean Medicine doctors were asked to prescribe acupoints for virtual acupuncture treatment (...) selections based on virtual acupuncture treatments prescribed by practicing clinicians. Acupoint selection patterns, which were defined using a top-down approach in previous studies and classical medical texts, may be further elucidated using a bottom-up approach based on patient medical records.Copyright © 2020 Ye-Seul Lee et al.

2020 Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (eCAM)

193. Acupuncture for Cancer-Induced Bone Pain in Animal Models: A Systemic Review and Meta-Analysis. Full Text available with Trip Pro

Acupuncture for Cancer-Induced Bone Pain in Animal Models: A Systemic Review and Meta-Analysis. Cancer-induced bone pain (CIBP) is a highly prevalent symptom, which afflicts vast majority of patients who suffer from cancer. The current treatment options failed to achieve satisfactory effect and the side effects were prominent. Recent randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of animal demonstrate the benefit of acupuncture for CIBP. We sought to determine if the pooled data from available RCTs (...) supports the use of acupuncture for CIBP.A literature search for randomized controlled trials was conducted in six electronic databases from inception to May 31, 2019. Meta-analysis was performed with Review Manager 5.3 software; the publication bias was assessed by Stata 12.0 software. We used random effects model for pooling data because heterogeneity is absolute among studies to some extent.Twenty-four trials were included in the review, of which 12 trials provided detailed data for meta-analyses

2020 Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (eCAM)

194. Acupuncture for the Postcholecystectomy Syndrome: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Full Text available with Trip Pro

Acupuncture for the Postcholecystectomy Syndrome: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Postcholecystectomy syndrome (PCS) has become a common postoperative syndrome that requires systematic and comprehensive therapy to achieve adequate clinical control. Acupuncture and related therapies have shown clinical effects for PCS in many studies. However, systematic reviews/meta-analyses (SRs/MAs) for them are lacking.To evaluate the efficacy and safety of acupuncture in the treatment of PCS using (...) for analyses. The Cochrane Collaboration' risk of bias tool was used to assess the risk of bias (ROB). The Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) approach was used to assess the quality of the evidence.A total of 14 RCTs with 1593 participants were included in this SR. MA showed that acupuncture in combination with conventional medicine (CM) did not show statistical differences in reduction in pain. However, acupuncture in combination with CM significantly reduced

2020 Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (eCAM)

195. Methodology and Reporting Quality Evaluation of Acupuncture for Mild Cognitive Impairment: An Overview of Systematic Reviews. Full Text available with Trip Pro

Methodology and Reporting Quality Evaluation of Acupuncture for Mild Cognitive Impairment: An Overview of Systematic Reviews. Since there is no consistent evidence on the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of mild cognitive impairment, this review aims to summarize and critically evaluate the methodological and reporting quality of systematic reviews (SRs).We comprehensively searched PubMed, Embase, Cochrane Library, Web of Science, China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI (...) , Development, and Evaluation (GRADE).Eleven SRs were included in this overview. The items of AMSTAR 2 in most SRs were poorly reported; only 3 SRs were rated as low quality by AMSTAR 2, and the remaining were rated as very low quality. A total of 8 SRs obtained a decent rating by PRISMA. With the GRADE tool, we have not found high-quality evidence that acupuncture is effective for mild cognitive impairment (MCI), so there is no certain conclusion on the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment for MCI.The

2020 Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (eCAM)

196. Effect of Acupuncture on Chronic Pain with Depression: A Systematic Review. Full Text available with Trip Pro

Effect of Acupuncture on Chronic Pain with Depression: A Systematic Review. Numerous studies suggested that chronic pain and depression were closely related and widespread in the population. When patients have symptoms of chronic pain and depression, the corresponding treatment will become difficult. Acupuncture, a unique therapeutic method of traditional Chinese medicine, has been reported to potentially serve as an alternative treatment for patients with comorbid chronic pain and depression (...) with the five-point Jadad Score.7 eligible RCTs involving 535 patients were included. Better therapeutic effect and safety could be observed in the experimental group compared with the control group. There was a significant decrease in the VAS (mean difference (MD) = -0.68 (-1.24, -0.12), P=0.02) and HAMD (MD = -2.18 (-3.09, -1.26), P < 0.00001) scores and the incidence of adverse events between two groups.In the treatment of chronic pain with depression, acupuncture could not only get better clinical

2020 Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (eCAM)

197. Crosstalk between Acupuncture and NF-<i>κ</i>B in Inflammatory Diseases. Full Text available with Trip Pro

Crosstalk between Acupuncture and NF-κB in Inflammatory Diseases. Acupuncture has been used in China for thousands of years and concerned as a typical alternative medicine in inflammatory diseases nowadays. The nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) transcription factor is an important regulator of inflammation. In this article, we discuss the role of acupuncture in NF-κB pathways and also present the acupoints selection, acupuncture administration, and related inflammation diseases and models from (...) previous studies to bring readers close to a more complete understanding of the mechanisms between acupuncture and NF-κB in inflammatory diseases.Copyright © 2020 Dan Luo et al.

2020 Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (eCAM)

198. Applying Complex Network and Cell-Cell Communication Network Diagram Methods to Explore the Key Cytokines and Immune Cells in Local Acupoint Involved in Acupuncture Treating Inflammatory Pain. Full Text available with Trip Pro

Applying Complex Network and Cell-Cell Communication Network Diagram Methods to Explore the Key Cytokines and Immune Cells in Local Acupoint Involved in Acupuncture Treating Inflammatory Pain. Manual acupuncture (MA) can effectively treat a variety of diseases, but its specific mechanism remains unclear. The "acupoint network" activated by MA participates in MA signal transduction, in which immune-related cells and cytokines play an important role. However, which cells and cytokines

2020 Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (eCAM)

199. The Status of the Quality Control in Neuroimaging Studies of Acupuncture Analgesia. Full Text available with Trip Pro

The Status of the Quality Control in Neuroimaging Studies of Acupuncture Analgesia. Neuroimaging technology is an important technology used to explore the neural mechanisms of acupuncture analgesia. In this study, we extracted original studies published in Chinese and English focusing on the use of neuroimaging technology to explore the mechanisms of acupuncture analgesia from PubMed, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), EMBASE, Web of Science, and CNKI databases from (...) January 1999 to August 2020. The extracted data were statistically analyzed in terms of year of publication, country, experimental design, and quality control approaches used, sample size, characteristics of participants, acupuncture operation, and other information. Analysis of the literature revealed that international cooperation promotes scientific research. Flexible experimental design can better explain the mechanism of acupuncture analgesia. Reasonable sample size, strict participant inclusion

2020 Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (eCAM)

200. Effect of Acupuncture on Intraocular Pressure in Glaucoma Patients: A Single-Blinded, Randomized, Controlled Trial. Full Text available with Trip Pro

Effect of Acupuncture on Intraocular Pressure in Glaucoma Patients: A Single-Blinded, Randomized, Controlled Trial. Glaucoma is characterized by the degeneration of retinal ganglion cells that cause progressive optic neuropathy, finally resulting in changes to the optic nerve head. Lowering intraocular pressure (IOP) is the only method proven for treating glaucoma. Several studies have discovered that acupuncture can reduce IOP and also increase ocular perfusion and ocular blood flow. Therefore (...) , the present study investigated the effect of acupuncture on IOP in glaucoma patients. We conducted a single-blinded, randomized, controlled trial involving 45 glaucoma patients. The results indicated that the difference between the IOP 60 min after the intervention and IOP immediately before the intervention was greater in the acupuncture group (AG) and electroacupuncture group (EG) than in the sham group (SG) for all four of the interventions performed and in both eyes (all p < 0.05). The IOP difference

2020 Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (eCAM)

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