Category: Acupuncture and Moxibustion

Sacoma

I never thought of using moxa for the treatment of sarcoma. But after I read this article, I learned some new input! A research team from China  investigate the therapeutic effect of moxibustion on sarcomas from mesenchymal tissues, which have a low response rate to chemotherapy and radiotherapy1. Moxibustion therapy was directly applied at the […]

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A research team from Kyung Hee University reported their latest findings on anti-itch effects of acupuncture and its possible mechanisms. Acupuncture was performed at LI11 acupoints just before the injection of pruritogens in the mouse cheek model of acute itch and of MC903-induced atopic dermatitis displaying serotonergic chronic itch. Acupuncture significantly reduced acute itch triggered […]

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Ye et al [1] performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate the efficacy of acupuncture on anxiety and/or depression relief during IVF treatment. By analyzing 2867 participants, a significant difference (3 studies, 547 participants, MD -9.26, 95%CI −12.01 to -6.51, P<0.01) was observed in anxiety relief between acupuncture and control groups during IVF treatment. However, […]

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Under a Creative Commons license Song et al compared and ranked the clinical effects of different acupuncture and related therapies on hyperlipidemia patients [1]. They analyzed 3124 patients, involving 12 types of acupuncture and related therapies and comprehensive therapies. The results showed that: for the total cholesterol (TC), acupoint catgut embedding (ACE), simple acupuncture (ACU), acupoint […]

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knee pain

The latest trail released on Nov. 10, 2020, by a research team from China suggested that electro-acupuncture (EA) resulted in less pain and better function at week 8 and these effects persisted through week 26. Intensive manual acupuncture (MA) had no benefit for KOA at week 8, although it showed benefits during follow‐up. Acupuncture therapy […]

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A research team from University of Science and Technology, Korea performed a systematic review aimed to verify the efficacy and underlying mechanism of moxibustion in treating cognitive impairment​(Aum et al. 2020)​. Sixteen trials involving 324 animals were obtained from various database including MEDLINE (PubMed), Cochrane, etc. They extracted the results of behavioral tests and immunohistochemical […]

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Pestle needle

Chu Zhen or Pestle Needle is a representative acupuncture style from Sichuan, where I come from. Pestle Needle originates from Taoist medicine and Dao Ying (Qi guiding) practices. The ancestor of Li’s family learned the technique of Pestle Needle from the Taoist Master Ru Huan in Wudang Mountain. From then on, it has passed through 16 generations. […]

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A research team from China performed a system review to discover the potential acupoints to treat schizophrenia​(Wang et al. 2020)​. In total, 49 clinical trials with 51 acupuncture prescriptions were included. DU20, PC6, DU29 (Yintang), ST36, SP6, LI4, LR3, ST40, HT7, EX-HN-1 (Sishencong), DU24, and DU26 were the most frequently used acupoints. The Du channel […]

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Source: Ekaterina Pesheva, HMS Communications, The Harvard Gazette, August 12, 2020 A team of researchers led by neuroscientists at Harvard Medical School has successfully used acupuncture to tame systemic inflammation in mice. In the study, published Aug. 12 in Neuron, acupuncture activated different signaling pathways that triggered either a pro-inflammatory or an anti-inflammatory response in animals […]

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