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Clinical trial: Acupuncture for migraine - brain functional activity and mechanism

Clinical trial: Acupuncture for migraine - brain functional activity and mechanism | Vitae Herbae (herbal, natural, integrative medicine  & health) | Scoop.it

The central analgesic mechanism ofacupuncture for migraine remains poorly understood.

Acupuncture has been shown to become a recommended treatment for migraine sufferers.

However, a single acupuncture stimulus cannot be indicative of the cumulative effects of acupuncture treatment.

Prof. Fanrong Liang and colleagues from Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine recruited migraine sufferers receiving 1 month of acupuncture treatment and explored the central analgesic mechanism of the cumulative effects of acupuncture for migraine.

The aim of their study was to examine changes in brain functional activity and central networks in subjects with migraine undergoing acupuncture at Shaoyang uncommon acupoints.

This trial has been registered on http://www.clinicaltrial.gov/ and provides a further explanation of the central analgesic mechanism by which acupuncture at Shaoyang acupoints treats migraine.

These findings are published in Neural Regeneration Research (Vol. 8, No. 28, 2013)


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Network Analysis of Acupuncture Points Used in the Treatment of Low Back Pain

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FMRI evidence of acupoints specificity in two adjacent acupoints.[Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013] - PubMed - NCBI

FMRI evidence of acupoints specificity in two adjacent acupoints.[Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013] - PubMed - NCBI | Vitae Herbae (herbal, natural, integrative medicine  & health) | Scoop.it

Abstract

Objectives. Acupoint specificity is the foundation of acupuncture treatment. The aim of this study is to investigate whether the acupoint specificity exists in two adjacent acupoints. Design and Setting. Two adjacent real acupoints, LR3 (Taichong) and ST44 (Neiting), and a nearby nonacupoint were selected. Thirty-three health volunteers were divided into three groups in random order, and each group only received acupuncture at one of the three points. While they received acupuncture, fMRI scan was performed. Results. The common cerebral activated areas responding to LR3 and ST44 included the contralateral primary somatosensory area (SI) and ipsilateral cerebellum. Acupuncture at LR3 specifically activated contralateral middle occipital gyrus, ipsilateral medial frontal gyrus, superior parietal lobe, middle temporal gyrus, rostral anterior cingulate cortex (rACC), lentiform nucleus, insula, and contralateral thalamus. Stimulation at ST44 selectively activated ipsilateral secondary somatosensory area (SII), contralateral middle frontal gyrus, inferior frontal gyrus, lingual gyrus, lentiform nucleus, and bilateral posterior cingulate cortex (PCC). Conclusions. Acupuncture at adjacent acupoints elicits distinct cerebral activation patterns, and those specific patterns might be involved in the mechanism of the specific therapeutic effects of different acupoints.

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