Acupuncture & Electro-Therapeutics Research 41(2) Abstracts

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ACUPUNCTURE& ELECTRO-THERAPEUTICS RES., INT. J., Vol. 41, pp. 79-93, 2016
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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3727/036012916X14666839504550

Acupuncture at SP6 Point in Lower Extremities Improved Patients' Insomnia, Which Was Also Shown Through Ryodoraku Electrical Measurements

Jui-Shu Chang, M.D.
Ph.D. student, Graduate Institute of Integrated Medicine, College of Chinese Medicine, China
Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan
Director of Chang Jui Shu Chinese Medicine Clinic, Changhua, Taiwan

Hsin-Ping Liu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Graduate Institute of Acupuncture Science, College of Chinese Medicine, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan

Wei-Yong Lin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Graduate Institute of Integrated Medicine, College of Chinese Medicine, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan
Medical Research Dept., China Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan

(Correspondence: Wei-Yong Lin, Ph.D., Phone: +886-4-22053366 ext. 3502, Fax: +886-4-22037690, E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Hsin-Ping Liu, Ph.D., Phone: +886-4-22053366 ext. 3603, Fax: +886-4-22035191, E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

(Received February 25, 2016; Received with revisions May 20, 2016)

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) applies acupuncture to treat insomnia and the SP6 is known to be beneficial for sleep. This study aimed to investigate the effects of acupuncture at SP6 on resting electroencephalogram (EEG), meridian electrical activity (Ryodoraku), and stress in patients with confirmed insomnia. In this single-blind, randomized clinical trial subjects (N=70) from TCM treated outpatients were randomized to receive TCM based acupuncture with manual stimulation (experimental) or sham stimulation (control) treatment. Acupuncture was applied to SP6 for 20 minutes on the spleen meridian of the foot in experimental subjects and controls received sham intervention. Significant changes between pre- and post-intervention were found in all electrical conductance values for the 12 meridians (Ryodoraku scores) in either control or experimental groups (fold change from 1.15 to 2.03) (P values <0.001). Eight meridians showed significantly different changes in Ryodoraku scores between pre- and post-intervention in the experimental group compared to the control group (fold change from 1.16 to 1.36) (P<0.05). EEG wave signals did not change with intervention in either group (P values ≥0.209). In summary, acupuncture at the SP6 acupoint altered meridian electrical activity of the lung, pericardium, heart, small intestine, sanjiao, spleen, bladder, and stomach meridians (P values <0.05) in patients with insomnia. Further studies are necessary to evaluate how changes in these meridians may affect insomnia.

Keywords: Acupuncture; Meridian; Electroencephalogram; Insomnia, SP6, Ryodoraku


ACUPUNCTURE& ELECTRO-THERAPEUTICS RES., INT. J., Vol. 41, pp. 95-105, 2016
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17 Cases of Acupuncture Related Pneumothorax and Factors Influencing Pneumothorax

Jin Soo Kim, M.D.
Assistant Prof. of Surgery ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Ki Hoon Kim, M.D.
Associate Prof. of Surgery

Woon-Won Kim, M.D.
Associate Prof. of Surgery ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), Dept. of Surgery, Inje University Haeundae Paik Hospital, 612-896 Haeundae-ku, Busan Republic of Korea

(Correspondence: Ki Hoon Kim, M.D., Dept. of Surgery, Inje University Haeundae Paik Hospital 612-896 Haeundae-ku, Busan Republic of Korea; Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Phone: +82 10 5470 2657; Fax: +82 51 797 0276)

(Received May 5, 2016; Accepted with revisions May 15, 2016)

Objectives: Acupuncture is increasing in popularity as a complementary and alternative medicine. Pneumothorax is the most common and potentially serious adverse effect after acupuncture. This complication can cause fatality in the absence of rapid treatment. Here, we analyze the clinical presentation and discuss prevention of post-acupuncture pneumothorax and an approach to reducing this complication. Methods: Patients presenting with post-acupuncture pneumothorax in our hospital center during 2011-2015 were retrospectively analyzed. Body mass index (BMI), patient’s pre-acupuncture chief complaint and disease, and the characteristics associated with pneumothorax were assessed. The diagnosis of pneumothorax was based on clinical presentation and chest radiography. Conservative treatment or thoracostomy was performed. Results: Seventeen patients (15 women and 2 men) with a mean age of 42 years (range: 18−73 years) were included; three were underweight (BMI < 18.5kg/m2), 11 patients had a healthy weight (BMI = 18.5–22.95kg/m2), one was overweight (BMI = 23–24.95kg/m2), and two were obese (BMI ≥ 25 kg/m2). All but one case of bilateral pneumothorax had unilateral pneumothorax (right side: 6; left side: 10). Chest pain or dyspnea, or both were the initial symptoms in all patients. Twelve patients underwent immediate thoracostomy. The patient with bilateral pneumothorax underwent right-side thoracostomy, and subsequently left-side thoracostomy, due to progression of the left-side pneumothorax. Five patients were successfully managed conservatively. All patients had an excellent outcome; all were Acupuncturists must be aware that delayed diagnosis and management of pneumothorax are life-threatening, and when symptoms of possible pneumothorax arise, patients should be advised to undergo an appropriate evaluation and intervention, particularly so in those with abnormal BMI.

Keywords: Acupuncture; Side effects of Acupuncture; Chest pain; Dyspnea; chest x-ray of pneumothorax; Pneumothorax; Thoracostomy; Body mass index (BMI)


ACUPUNCTURE& ELECTRO-THERAPEUTICS RES., INT. J., Vol. 41, pp. 107-125, 2016
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Comparison of Beneficial Effects of Acupuncture at PC6, LU7 & Nonacupuncture Points on Cardiac Cell Function in Myocardial Ischemia (MI) Rats by Testing Protein Expression of L-type Calcium Channel Protein and its Related Protein

Longtao Liu, PhD
Xiyuan Hospital, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences2

Songzi Wang, PhD
Dept. of Acupuncture and Moxibustion College1

Changgeng Fu, PhD
Xiyuan Hospital, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences2

Shi Shu, PhD
Changhai Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine3

Martin Fu, PhD
Dept. of Acupuncture and Moxibustion College1

Jing Li, PhD
Dept. of Acupuncture and Moxibustion College1

Xue Deng, PhD

Dept. of Acupuncture and Moxibustion College1

Jianduan Sun, PhD
Dept. of Acupuncture and Moxibustion College1

Wenna Chen, PhD
Key Laboratory of Ministry of Education for TCM Viscera-State Theory and Applications1
Dept. of Medical Science of Laboratory1

Professor Lu Ren, PhD
Dept. of Acupuncture and Moxibustion College1

1Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shenyang, China
2China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing, China
3Second Military Medical University, Shanghai, China

(Correspondence: Prof. Lu Ren, Tel: +86-024-31207318, E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and Wenna Chen, Tel: +86-024-31207145, E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

(Received: May 10, 2016; Accepted with revisions May 30, 2016)

The mechanism of why electro-acupuncture (EA) at PC6 improves the heart function was investigated by studying how the L-type cardiac voltage-dependent calcium channel in myocardial ischemia (MI) is regulated. Cavα1c, Cavβ and Cavα21 are main component proteins of L-type calcium channel; CaM and Calmodulin kinase II (CaMKII) are Ca2+ channel associated proteins. In this experiment, MI was induced by injection of isoproterenol (ISO) in rats and electrocardiograms (ECGs) were recorded before and after every injection, and protein expressions of Cavα1c, Cavβ, Cavα21, CaM and CaMKII were higher [The protein expression increased 43.39%, 54.85%, 47.08%, 48.29% and 50.36% respectively] than the control rats significantly (p<0.05). After MI induction, the MI rats were divided into three groups, including PC6 (Neiguan-point), LU7 (Lieque-point) and Non-acupuncture-point group, which were acupunctured once a day for 7 days respectively. After EA at PC6, the protein expressions showed obvious decrease [EA at PC6: the protein expressions of Cavα1c, Cavβ, Cavα21, CaM and CaMKII decreased 26.36%, 27.58%, 25.21%, 27.21% and 26.61% respectively.] and they are all lower than MI rats significantly (p<0.05). After EA at LU7 and Non-acupuncture-point, the protein expressions showed no significant changes. The effect of EA at PC6 was significantly better than LU7 and Nonacupuncture-point (p<0.05). PC6 is an acupoint of the pericardium meridian, and the pericardium meridian, which corresponds to opioid system according to Li P’s research, can affect the cardio-vascular function directly. LU7 is located on the lung meridian; it cannot affect the heart function directly although the lung is related to the heart in blood circulation function so PC6 showed the target treating effect of meridian specificity on regulating the L-type calcium channel in MI.

Keywords: Electro-acupuncture; Acupuncture point PC6; Acupuncture point LU7; Myocardial ischemia; L-type calcium channel; Protein expression; Rat


ACUPUNCTURE& ELECTRO-THERAPEUTICS RES., INT. J., Vol. 41, pp. 127-134, 2016
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Clinical Significance of Human Papillomavirus Type 16 for Breast Cancer & Adenocarcinomas of Various Internal Organs and Alzheimer’s Brain with Increased β-amyloid (1-42); Combined Use of Optimal Doses of Vitamin D3 and Taurine 3 times/day Has Significant Beneficial Effects of Anti-Cancer, Anti-Ischemic Heart, and Memory & Other Brain Problems By Significant Urinary Excretion of Viruses, Bacteria, and Toxic Metals & Substances

Yoshiaki Omura, M.D., Sc.D., FACA, FICAE, FAAIM, FRSM
Adjunct Prof., Dept. of Family & Community Medicine, New York Medical College
President, International College of Acupuncture & Electro-Therapeutics, New York

(Received April 28, 2016; Accepted with revisions May 30, 2016)

Human Papillomavirus type 16 (HPV-16) has a significant role in various cancers and Alzheimer’s disease. 500 breast cancer mammograms as well as 3 cases of adenocarcinomas of esophagus, stomach, colon, prostate gland, uterus, ovary that was examined had significant infection of HPV-16 with significantly increased β-amyloid (1-42). When a strong HPV-16 infection is found in the oral cavity, repeated exposure to the infected individual’s coughing can infect others easily through saliva. Just like all of above cancer tissues, all 20 Alzheimer’s cases that were examined had significantly increased HPV-16 of 1500~3000ng with markedly reduced Acetylcholine of 0.5~1.5ng and significantly increased β-amyloid (1-42) of 7.5ng or higher. Since every cancer and Alzheimer’s patient examined had significantly reduced amounts of Vitamin D3 and Taurine, the author examined the effects of Vitamin D3 and Taurine independently, or by combination. Each of optimal doses of Vitamin D3 and Taurine had significant beneficial effects that were anti-cancer, anti-cardiac ischemia, and memory loss & other brain problems, with significant excretion of HPV-16 and bacteria such as Borrelia Burgdorferi, if it exists, through the urine, without using any anti-viral or anti-bacterial agents. However, when optimal doses of Taurine and Vitamin D3 were used together, 3 times/day, there was reduction of cancer-associated Oncogene CfosAB-2 or Integrin α5β1 with significantly high values of 200~500ng which were reduced to 0.001~0.004ng. Memory and brain function improved by increasing markedly reduced abnormal Acetylcholine of 1.5ng or less to a few hundred~2500ng with increase in DHEA. Abnormally increased β-amyloid (1-42) is markedly reduced. Ischemic heart, where there is abnormally increased Cardiac Troponin I, reduced significantly. In addition, abnormally reduced DHEA levels often increase. HPV-16 in urine increased from an average of 100~115ng to an average of 4000ng and cancer related parameters in the urine significantly increased. Thus, the author found combined use of optimal dose of Vitamin D3 400 I.U. and optimal dose of Taurine 175mg, 3/day, was found to be one of the safest, most effective treatments for cancer, memory problems & other brain abnormality, and Ischemic heart problems, and this combination seems to improve any part of the body. One should try this method before using any other treatment, which has a potential side effect.

Keywords: Breast cancer; Adenocarcinomas; Human papillomavirus type 16 (HPV-16); Alzheimer’s disease; Vitamin D3; Taurine; Anti-cancer; Acetylcholine; DHEA; Cardiac Troponin I; Integrin α5β1; β-amyloid (1-42)