Acupuncture & Electro-Therapeutics Research 42(1) Abstracts

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ACUPUNCTURE & ELECTRO-THERAPEUTICS RES., INT. J., Vol. 42, pp. 1-10, 2017
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https://doi.org/10.3727/036012917X14908026364990

The Effects of Auricular and Body Acupuncture in Turkish Obese Female Patients: A Randomized Controlled Trial Indicated Both Methods Lost Body Weight But Auricular Acupuncture Was Better Than Body Acupuncture

Yasemin Cayir, M.D.
Associate Professor, Research and Practice Center for Acupuncture and Complementary Therapy Modalities, Erzurum, Turkey; Ataturk University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Erzurum, Turkey

Turan Set, M.D.
Associate Professor, Karadeniz Technical University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Trabzon, Turkey

Zahide Kosan, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Ataturk University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health, Erzurum, Turkey

(Correspondence: Yasemin Cayir, M. D. Ataturk University, Research and Practice Center for Acupuncture and Complementary Therapy Modalities, 25010, Erzurum, Turkey. Tel: +904423448750, Fax: +904422361301, E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

(Received: January 11, 2017; Accepted with Revisions: March 25, 2017)

It was aimed to observe the efficacy of body acupuncture and auricular acupuncture for the management of obesity. Fifty female obese patients were randomized into 2 groups; a Body Acupuncture Group (GBA; n=25) and an Auricular Acupuncture Group (GAA; n=25). All patients were followed up for 12 weeks. Their anthropometric measurements (body weight, body mass index, body fat percentage, waist circumference and hip circumference) were recorded for analysis in every 15 days. Patients were compared in terms of anthropometric measurements. Patients in the GAA received 6 sessions of auricular acupuncture in every 15 days. We used bilateral 2 points namely antiaggression point and stomach point for auricular acupuncture. Bilateral LI4, LI11, ST25, ST36, SP6, SP9, CV12, and CV6 points were selected for two times in a week (totally 24 sessions) in the GBA. Independent samples t test, Mann Whitney U test and paired samples t-test were used in the comparisons. Significance level was set at p<0.05. Seventeen patients in GBA and 21 patients in GAA completed the study. The mean age of patients was 36.2±10.5 years (GBA: 32.7±12.3; GAA: 39.1±7.9). The mean weight was 95.7±11.8 kg before acupuncture, and it decreased to 92.5±14.4 kg after acupuncture in GBA; and it was 95.1±15.6 kg before acupuncture and it decreased to 91.5±11.0 kg after acupuncture in GAA. Change in weight after acupuncture was 2.6±2.4 kg in GBA, and 4.2±3.4 kg in GAA (p<0.05). In both groups, changes in weight, body mass index, body fat percentage, waist circumference, and hip circumference were statistically significant (p<0.05). Only one patient reported side effect related to acupuncture. Body acupuncture and auricular acupuncture have the therapeutic role in the management of obesity. In this study, auricular acupuncture is more effective in reducing body weight than body acupuncture. Thus, auricular acupuncture may be useful and safe, nonpharmacological treatment.

Key Words: Body acupuncture; Auricular acupuncture; Obesity; Body mass index; Body fat percentage; Waist circumference


ACUPUNCTURE & ELECTRO-THERAPEUTICS RES., INT. J., Vol. 42, pp. 11-25, 2017
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https://doi.org/10.3727/036012917X14908026365007

Laser Treatment on Acupuncture Points Improves Pain and Wrist Functionality in Patients Undergoing Rehabilitation Therapy after Wrist Bone Fracture. A Randomized, Controlled, Blinded Study.

C
arlos Acosta-Olivo, MD, PhD
Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Hospital Universitario “Dr. José E. Gonzalez”, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Monterrey, Nuevo León, México, ZC 644801


Ana Siller-Adame, MD
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Yadira Tamez-Mata, MD1
Felix Vilchez-Cavazos, MD, PhD1
Victor Peña-Martinez, MD, PhD
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(Corresponding Author): Carlos Acosta-Olivo, MD, PhD Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Hospital Universitario “Dr. José E. González”, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León. Ave Madero Gonzalitos, S/N Mitras Centro, CP. 64480 Tel/Fax: +52(81)83476698 Email. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

(Received: February 1, 2017; Accepted with revisions: March 25, 2017)

The objective of this study was to determine whether application of laser beam on acupuncture points has a positive effect on the rehabilitation of patients with a diagnosis of distal radius fracture (1.5 inches proximal to distal articular surface of the radius) when applied with active conventional physical therapy exercises. Patients with a distal radius fracture treated with closed reduction, percutaneous pinning, and a short cast for six weeks was included and were assigned to one of two study groups. The control group was given simulated laser acupuncture with the laser off, while the experimental group received laser beam on acupuncture points. A low power infrared 980 nm, 50 mW laser (Diller & Diller Laser Performance) electric energy, was used; each acupuncture point was irradiated for 30 seconds at 8,000 Hz at each therapy session. In both groups, treatment was applied to the following points: Ipsilateral- Yanggu (SI5), Yangchi (SJ4), Waiguan (SJ15), Yangxi (LI5), Daling (PC7); Bilateral- Hegu (LI4); Contralateral- Shenmail (VL62), Kulun (V60), Taixi (KID3). All of the patients underwent a total of 10 sessions, at a frequency of three times per week. They were evaluated using the VAS, the Patient-Rated Wrist Evaluation (PRWE), and wrist mobility ranges at the beginning of treatment, at the end of the fifth session, at the 10th session, and a week after the 10th session. The patients treated with laser beam exposure on acupuncture points showed 44% reduction in pain and 33% of improvement in the functional status of the wrist compared with the control group. Application of laser beam on acupuncture points combined with active rehabilitation exercises show benefits in the rehabilitation of patients with a distal radius fracture managed with percutaneous pinning and a short cast.

Keywords: Distal radius fracture; Laser acupuncture; Pain control; Occupational therapy; Rehabilitation medicine


ACUPUNCTURE & ELECTRO-THERAPEUTICS RES., INT. J., Vol. 42, pp.27-37, 2017
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https://doi.org/10.3727/036012917X14908026365016

The Therapeutic Potential of Stimulating Endogenous Stem Cell Mobilization

Alan Lichtbroun, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Associate Professor of Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School 63 Brunswick Woods Drive, East Brunswick, NJ 08816, USA

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(Received: February 24, 2017; Accepted with Revisions: March 25, 2017)

The past few years have seen extensive interest in treatment of various diseases with adult stem cells (ASC). This paper will not discuss umbilical cord or adipose tissue derived stem cells, but rather peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC). We will demonstrate that one of the natural roles of stem cells is to participate in tissue repair both due to injury or degenerative disease. We will review the mechanisms involved with stem cell release and activation and present two new natural triggers for this release and possible differentiation. The clinical relevance of mobilizing endogenous bone marrow derived stem cells would be to increase the number migrating into damaged organs, becoming affective cells and contributing to tissue repair. This approach overcomes the problems of growing autologous stem cell cultures and their implantation. It also may release other progenitor cells that appears to be playing a vital role in organ regeneration. We present examples of tissue repair using these new modalities. Part of this paper was first presented at the international conference of acupuncture and electrotherapeutics held at Columbia University Oct. 2013. Since then the field has exploded and we will try to include some of the most relevant discoveries.

Key Words: Endogenous stem cell releasers; SDF-1; CXCR4; c-Kit; LLLT low-level laser therapy