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ACUPUNCTURE & ELECTRO-THERAPEUTICS RESEARCH
The International Journal

ABSTRACTS
Volume 29, Numbers 1/2

Acupuncture & Electro-Therapeutics Res., Int. J., Vol. 29, pp. 1-42, 2004
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Special Sunrise & Sunset Solar Energy Stored Papers and Their Clinical Applications for Intractable Pain, Circulatory Disturbances & Cancer: Comparison of Beneficial Effects Between Special Solar Energy Stored Paper and Qigong Energy Stored Paper

Yoshiaki Omura, MD, ScD, FACA, FICAE, FAAIM, FRSM
Director of Medical Research, Heart Disease Research Foundation, New York
President, Int'l College of Acupuncture & Electrotherapeutics, New York
Adjunct Prof., Dept. of Community & Preventive Medicine, New York Medical College
Prof., Dept. of Non-Orthodox Medicine, Ukrainian National Kiev Medical University

Various phases of solar energy were evaluated for possible medical application, using the Bi-Digital O-Ring Test. A 2-4 minute interval of highly beneficial phase during sunrise and sunset which is comparable or is strong than (+) Qigong Energy was detected. This energy was stored on 3x5 inch index cards. The sun energy stored on the exposed surface had a Bi-Digital O-Ring Test extremely strong positive (+) response, and the opposite side of the index card which was not exposed to the sun showed an equally strong negative (-) response. When the Bi0-Digital O-Ring Test strong positive side (+) was applied to the patient's skin above various intractable painful areas with circulatory disturbances, including gangrenous pain, muscle pain, joint pant, & migraine headache, most of the pain disappeared or was significantly reduced within between 10 seconds and 5 minutes, with accelerated wound healing compared with Qigong energy stored paper of the same exposure, which caused pain to disappear within between 1.5 minutes and 15 minutes. When this Special Solar Energy Stored paper was applied either directly to the skin above cancer positive areas or the midline of the upper chest above the thymus gland representation area, or the occipital area above the medulla oblongata, various cancer related parameters returned to close to normal values, with immediate clinical improvement. The beneficial effects of 10-60 seconds of application of the Special Solar Energy Stored paper lasted for between 7 and 40 days, depending on the individual and their environmental electromagnetic field, how the special solar energy was stored, and how it was applied to the patient.

Key Words: Therapeutic Effects of Solar Energy; Qigong Energy Stored Paper; Solar Energy Stored Paper; Intractable Pain, Gangrenous Pain; Migraine Headache; Cancer; Cancer Markers; wound Healing; Circulatory Disturbances; Telomere.

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Acupuncture & Electro-Therapeutics Res., Int. J., Vol. 29, pp. 43-51, 2004
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The Effects of Ear-Point Stimulation on the Contents of Somatostatin and Amino Acid Neurotransmitters in Brain of Rat with Experimental Seizure

Jia Shu, M.D., Lecturer, Department of Anatomy
Rong-Yu Liu, M.D., Lecturer, Department of Neurobiology
Xian-Fen Huang M.D., Professor, Department of Neurobiology

Institute of Acupuncture Research WHO Collaborating Center for Traditional Medicine, Fudan University Shanghai Medical College (Formerly Shanghai Medical University), Shanghai 200032, P.R. China

The goal of this study was to elucidate the anti-convulsion mechanisms of ear-point stimulation in rat with experimental seizure. We prepared the epilepsy rats by intrahippocampal injection of penicillin. One hour later the lower ½ auricular lobules of seizure rats, containing ear-points Pizhixia and Shenmen etc., was electrically stimulated, which was imitated as ear-point electrical acupuncture in humans. Radioimmunoassay and biochemical techniques were used to determine the contents of somatostatin and amino acid neurotransmitters in hippocampus of rats. The outcomes revealed epileptiform behaviors of rat were appeared after penicillin-injected. The contents of somatostatin, aspartic acid, glutamine and GABA were increased. When these rats were subsequently given the ear-point electrical stimulation, the convulsion behaviors were definitely improved. At the same time the contents of the somatostatin, aspartic acid and glutamine in hippocampus of seizure rat were significantly decreased correspondingly. The contents of glycine, taurine, and GABA had increased. Based on the results above, it was suggestive that ear-point electrical stimulation had anti-epilepsy effects, which might be involved in the decreases of the contents of the somatostatin, aspartic acid and glutamine, and increases of the contents of glycine, taurine, and GABA in hippocampus of seizure rat.

Key Words: Penicillin-Induced Seizure Rat; Ear-Point Electrical Stimulation; Somatostatin; Amino Acid Neurotransmitters; HPLC System; Push-Pull Perfusion

Correspondence: Xian-Fen Huang, M.D., Department of Neurobiology, Fudan University Shanghai Medical College, 138 Yi Xue Yuan Road, Shanghai 200032, P.R. China Tel: 86-21-54237611. Email: wmzhang8@sh.cnuninet.net




Acupuncture & Electro-Therapeutics Res., Int. J., Vol. 29, pp. 53-72, 2004
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The Effect of Acupuncture on Alpha-Motoneuron Excitability

A.K.S. Chan, MB BS, PgDipHSc (Western Acupuncture), MHSc (Hons), FRNZCGP
Director, Windsor Medical Centre, Mairangi Bay, Auckland, New Zealand

A.Vujnovich, PhD, MSc(Hons), ADP(OMT)
Director, Physical Rehabilitation Research Centre, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand

L. Bradnam-Roberts, MHSc(Hons), DipPhty(Auck), ADP(OMT)
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health and Sport Science, Easter Institute of Technology, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

This work was undertaken by the authors in the Physical Rehabilitation Research Centre, School of Physiotherapy, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

The effect of short duration and sustained manual acupuncture on a-motoneuron excitability was studied using the Soleus H-reflex. The acupuncture points GB-34 and SP-9 were needled and stimulated manually. Normalized H-reflex and M-wave recruitment curves were constructed and the ratio of the slop of the ascending part of the H-reflex recruitment curve (Hslp) to the slope of the ascending part of the M-wave recruitment curve (Mslp) was used for assessing changes in a-motoneuron excitability. Sustained manual acupuncture caused significant reduction of a-motoneuron excitability, while short duration manual acupuncture had no effect. The reduction of a-motoneuron excitability following sustained manual acupuncture occurred fifteen minutes after cessation of acupuncture and was still present at 30 minutes. The relationship between perceived intensity of acupuncture sensation (Deqi) and changes in a-motoneuron excitability was also studied, but no significant correlation was found. This study indicates that manual acupuncture would be useful in clinical conditions associated with increased a-motoneuron excitability and that when using acupuncture for these conditions, higher intensity of perceived acupuncture sensation (Deqi) may not result in greater degree of reduction in a-motoneuron excitability.

Key Words: Manual acupuncture; H-reflex; Motoneuron excitability; Deqi; Recruitment curve; Acupuncture sensation

Correspondence to: Dr. Alex Chan, Director, Windsor Medical Centre, 512, East Coast Road, Mairangi Bay, Auckland, New Zealand. Tel: 64-9-4798015, Fax: 64-9-4796055. E-mail: alexchan@xtra.co.nz




Acupuncture & Electro-Therapeutics Res., Int. J., Vol. 29, pp. 73-82, 2004
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Acupuncture Decreases Neuropeptide Y Expression in the Hypothalamus of Rats with Streptozotocin-Induced Diabetes

Jae-Dong Lee, O.M.D., PhD., Associate Professor
Dept. of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, College of Oriental Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea

Mi-Hyeon Jang, M.S., Research Assistant
Dept. of Physiology, College of Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea

Ee-Hwa Kim, O.M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor Dept. of Meridianology, College of Oriental Medicine, Semyung University, Jechon, Korea

Chang-Ju Kim, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor Dept. of Physiology, College of Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea

It had been known that acupuncture has various effects such as analgesia, promotion of homeostasis, improvements in brain circulation, and rectification of internal disorders. Neuropeptide Y (NPY), a 36-amino-acid peptide, is known to increase appetite. In the present study, the effect of acupuncture stimulation at Zusanli (St.36) on NPY expression in the Streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rats was investigated via immunohistochemistry. Increased NPY expression was detected in both the Arcuate nucleus (ARN) and the Paraventricular nucleus (PVN) of the Hypothalamus in rats with in STZ-induced diabetes. Needling on Zusanli resulted in decreased NPY levels in both the ARN and PVN of diabetic rats. The present study shows that acupuncture suppressed NPY expression in the ARN and PVN of the Hypothalamus in STZ-induced diabetic rats, suggesting the possibility that acupuncture treatment is effective in curbing the hyperphagia of diabetes.

Key Words: Acupuncture; Diabetes; Immunohistochemistry; Hypothalamus; Neuropeptide Y; Hyperphagia, Streptozotocin

Correspondence to: Chang-Ju Kim-Dept. Of Physiology, College of Medicine, Kyung Hee University, #1 Hoigi-dong, Dongdaemoon-gu, Seoul 130-701, South Korea. Tel: +82-2-961-0407, Fax: +82-2-964-2195, E-mail: changju@khu.ac.kr




Acupuncture & Electro-Therapeutics Res., Int. J., Vol. 29, pp. 83-96, 2004
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The Effects of Acupuncture on Cardiac Muscle Cells and Blood Pressure in Spontaneous Hypertensive Rats

Hung-Chien Wu, M.D., Instructor of Acupuncture 1,2
Juang-Geng Lin, M.D., Professor of Acupuncture3
Chun-Hsien Chu, M.S.4
Yung-Hsien Chang, M.D., Professor of Acupuncture1,3
Chung-Gwo Chang, M.D., Professor of Acupuncture1,2
Ching-Liang Hsieh, M.D., Professor of Neurology1,2
Angela Hsin-Chieh Tsai, M.D.5
Kwo-Chang Ueng, M.D.6
Wei-Wen Kuo, M.S.4
James A. Lin, Professor of Veterinary Medicine7
Jer-Yuh Liu, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biochemistry4
Chih-Yang Huang, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biochemistry4

1Department of Acupuncture, China Medical University Hospital 2 Yuh-Der Road, Taichung402, Taiwan, R.O.C
2School of Chinese Medicine, China Medical University 91 Hseuh-Shin Road, Taichung402, Taiwan, R.O.C
3Institute of Chinese Medical Science, China Medical University 91 Hseuh-Shin Road, Taichung402, Taiwan, R.O.C
4Institute of Biochemistry, Chung-Shen Medical University 110 Section 1, Chien Kuo N. Rd., Taichung402, Taiwan, R.O.C
5Meridian Medical Centre 1606 High Street, Glen Iris, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 3146
6Department of Medicine and Division of Cardiology 110 Section 1, Chien Kuo N. Rd., Taichung402, Taiwan, R.O.C
7Department of Veterinary Medicine, National Chung-Hsing University 250 Kuo Kwang Road, Taichung402, Taiwan, R.O.C

If acupuncture is able to prevent hypertrophy of the heart, it could therefore prevent the heart from overloading and thus prevent heart failure or sudden death. We therefore studied the effects of acupuncture on blood pressure and cardiac muscle cells. Rats with spontaneous hypertension were divided into three acupuncture treatment groups and one non-treatment group. The treatment groups were classified as sham acupoint, Yanglingquan (GB. 34) and Quchi (LI. 11) groups. The measurements recorded included changes in tail pressure, femoral arterial pressure, left ventricular weight (LVW), whole heart weight (WHW), body weight (BW), LVW/BW and WHW/BW ratios and the size of the cardiac muscle cells. The results showed that femoral arterial pressure of subjects which were needled on the selected points for 3 days dropped. Acupuncture at these two acupoints seemed to improve the condition of hypertension in a short period of time. Significant changes in the femoral arterial pressure were observed in all subjects when they were treated for 6 days. In the two acupoint groups, the LVW/BW and the WHW/BW ratios did not change significantly. Cardiac muscle cells reduced in size in the Yanglingquan (GB. 34) treatment groups. This indicates that the Yanglingquan (GB. 34) points not only can lower blood pressure, but also prevent hypertrophy of cardiac muscle cells in spontaneous hypertensive rats (SHR). Therefore, acupuncture could be a good treatment modality for hypertension and hypertrophy of the heart.

Key Words: Acupuncture; Yanglingquan (GB. 34); Quchi (LI. 11); Hypertension; Cardiac Muscle Cell Hypertrophy

Correspondence: Dr Chih-Yang Huang Ph.D., Institute of Biochemistry, Chang-Shen Medical University, No. 110, Section 1, Chien Kuo N. Rd., Taichung402, Taiwan, R.O.C E-mail: chuang1@csmu.edu.tw; Day: Tel: 886-4-24730022 (ext.1682); Night: 886-4-22392400; Fax: 886-4-23248195