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Acupuncture Mechanisms and Modalities Connected to Neuroimaging and Neuromonitoring

Call for Papers

Various diseases and disorders in both humans and animals have been treated with a variety of acupuncture methods and modalities. However, few have provided mechanistic approaches specifically using neuroimaging and neuromonitoring approaches. For instance, novel research paradigms are needed that may allow screening of new acupuncture treatments on the basis of neuroimaging and neuromonitoring modalities such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), positron emission tomography (PET), electroencephalography (EEG), structural MRI, magnetoencephalography (MEG), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), transcranial Doppler sonography, infrared spectroscopy .

Acupuncture, as well as other Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment protocols, is needed not only cure health issues facing human and animal subjects, but to describe how this is neurophysiologically and/or anatomically possible.

We encourage original or review manuscript submissions relating to new insights on mechanisms using neuroimaging/neuromonitoring and acupuncture treatment methods for various disease conditions relating to metabolic disorders. We are particularly interested in neuroimaging and neuromonitoring research pertaining to acupuncture as well as research on effective acupuncture protocols for specific health problems due to metabolic diseases.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Use of acupuncture as a coadjuvant in the treatment of health issues particularly obesity, diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers, liver and gallbladder disease, sleep apnea, infertility, and others relating to disruption of metabolic processes
  • Recent developments in acupuncture treatments combined with other complementary medicine modalities
  • Novel neuroimaging and neuromonitoring methods for the mechanisms of specific health issues pertaining to metabolic disorders
  • Functional connectivity studies relating to specific metabolic conditions
  • Comparative studies using Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine, specifically acupuncture, with the aid of neuroimaging and neuromonitoring methods
Manuscript DueFriday, 5 September 2014
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 28 November 2014
Publication DateFriday, 23 January 2015

Lead Guest Editor

Guest Editors

  • Jie Tian, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
  • Yijun Liu, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA
  • Gerhard Litscher, Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria