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In recent years, commonly used Omics techniques, including genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, have been applied in the studies on the mechanism of acupuncture effect. In the previous study, "Immediate effects of proximal and distal acupoints on the Radial Pressure Pulse-wave in patients with knee osteoarthritis: a randomized controlled trial", significant changes in the spectral-energy of the pulse wave in the proximal-acupoint treatment group and the distal-acupoint treatment group infer pain relief and blood-flow improvement. The scores of the Visual Analog Scale were decreased, and the passive and active range of knee motions were increased. Both of the proximal and distant acupoints could be used for knee osteoarthritis treatment. To advance the previous work by becoming one treatment, this study will explore if there is any Omics difference resulting from the two acupoints, thus examining the mechanism of curative effect of acupuncture. Additionally, Chinese medical emphasizes the relationship between body constitution and diseases and the dynamic change of pulses and meridians during the disease development. These significances are in agreement with Omics features about organism integrity, dynamic, and complexity. The current study will adopt a Chinese medical body constitution survey, the spectral-energy (SE) changes of the pressure wave from the radial artery, and the pulse energy analysis of Ryodoraku to identify the differences in specific genes, protein, and metabolites of various body constitutions, pulses, changes of the pressure wave, aiming to set up the objectification of Chinese medical diagnosis.
Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological diseases all over the world. Currently, about 70 million people have epilepsy worldwide. In particular, more than 30% of epilepsy patients still have seizures even though they are treated with appropriate anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs). This number has remained unchanged even after more than 20 years with many new anti-epileptic drugs being introduced. According to International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), drug-resistant epilepsy is defined when a patient does not achieve seizure-free the seizure with two optimal antiepileptic drugs. This clinical trial is designed to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of thread-embedding acupuncture (TEA) as palliative treatment of drug resistant epilepsy.
Background: Breast cancer is one of the most prevalent cancers worldwide. Fortunately, survival has improved in recent years thanks to its early detection and curative treatments such as mastectomy. However, this medical procedure is associated with a range of unwanted effects such as postoperative pain and anxiety. Some studies have reported that acupuncture could be an effective treatment to control these types of symptoms, although only few studies have been conducted on women undergoing mastectomy. Methods: This is a pragmatic randomized controlled trial with blind assessors. The study will be conducted in the Breast Unit of Hospital Universitario Sagrado Corazon of Barcelona (Spain). A sample of 40 women will be recruited and randomized to receive acupuncture treatment in addition to standard care procedures, or standard care procedures alone. The main outcome, pain, will be assessed after the surgical intervention and 4, 10 and 30 days later using the numerical rating scale. Secondary outcomes include anxiety, use of analgesics, nausea, adverse effects, and surgical complications. Discussion: Acupuncture is a low-cost non-pharmacological strategy. This study will help to clarify its possible role in controlling post-mastectomy adverse effects.
Acupuncture has been a means of treating headaches and migraine since 2002 and is now a World Health Organisation-recognized prophylactic treatment for migraine. Brain activation/de-activation via acupuncture modifies the haemodynamic responses in the brain which may impact the sensorial, cognitive and affective dimensions of pain. Randomized studies on patients suffering from aura-free migraine have shown that the painkilling effect of regular acupuncture sessions on the cerebral substratum, compared with simulated sham-type acupuncture, can reduce the frequency of bouts of migraine, number of days with headaches and also their intensity. Modifications to the white matter (WM) and grey matter (GM) occur after repeated sessions of acupuncture treatment for pain and these are observable via magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). It is a very sensitive technique and often used to detect functional and structural brain changes.
A feasibility study on the provision of acupuncture treatment in the hospital to 20 patients who have undergone open heart surgery procedures. The acupuncture treatments may begin as early as postoperative Day 2.
Is it feasible to perform acupuncture in the training field after sport performance in adolescent football players? Does acupuncture provide a decrease in muscle soreness and improvement in overall sense of well-being in the adolescent football population?
The overall aim of the present proposal is to investigate how patients' and clinicians' (Licensed acupuncturists, LAc) neural and autonomic processes during treatment interaction correlate to patient outcomes. Male and female healthy clinicians and fibromyalgia patients will be recruited for the study.