Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Neurobiological Mechanisms of Acupuncture 2014


Publishing date
03 Oct 2014
Status
Published
Submission deadline
16 May 2014

Lead Editor

1School of Life Science and Technology, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China

2Department of Anesthesiology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA

3Psychiatry Department, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115, USA

4School of Chinese Medicine, the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

5Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115, USA

6School of Acupuncture-Moxibustion and Tuina, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing, China


Neurobiological Mechanisms of Acupuncture 2014

Description

Acupuncture is a Chinese healing modality that has been in use for more than 2500 years. Together with moxibustion, it is regarded as one of the two most pivotal medical skills in East Asia medicines. In the last decades, acupuncture has gained popularity as an alternative and complementary therapeutic intervention in the Western medicine. In this process, the boundaries between East Asian medicines and biomedicine/science are porous, negotiated to connect different medical traditions. The NIH consensus in 1998 has pointed out that acupuncture treatments for postoperative and chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting and for postoperative dental pain are promising, and acupuncture can also be a beneficial adjunct or alternative treatment for drug addiction, stroke rehabilitation, asthma, and chronic pain. In spite of its public acceptance and good efficacy in some disorders, our understanding of the underlying mechanisms of acupuncture treatment is limited. Basic and clinical acupuncture studies on neurobiological mechanisms of acupuncture are crucial for the development of acupuncture.

We invite investigators to contribute original research articles as well as review articles that will stimulate the continuing efforts in understanding and promoting the biological mechanisms of acupuncture from different research areas in both human and animals, in addition to both Chinese and Western medicine, including molecular biology, physiology, biophysics, bioinformatics, physics, and mathematics. We are particularly interested in manuscripts that report the results of acupuncture with emphasis on the effects of acupuncture on central neural system and how they contribute to its therapeutic effects. The topics on the latest innovative aspects that underline further enhancement of acupuncture are especially welcome. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The physiology of acupuncture
  • Acupuncture neuroimaging: functional basis for acupoints
  • Acupuncture neuroimaging: placebo and sham
  • Acupuncture neuroimaging: translational/clinical research
  • Modulation of physiological and biochemical processes by acupuncture stimuli
  • Methodological and technical researches to quantify the mechanisms of acupuncture
  • The role of context and ritual in acupuncture treatment

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Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 765068
  • - Editorial

Neurobiological Mechanisms of Acupuncture 2014

Lijun Bai | Richard E. Harris | ... | Baixiao Zhao
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 768634
  • - Research Article

Changes in Responses of Neurons in Spinal and Medullary Subnucleus Reticularis Dorsalis to Acupoint Stimulation in Rats with Visceral Hyperalgesia

Ling-Ling Yu | Liang Li | ... | Guo-Fu Huang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 103491
  • - Research Article

An fMRI Study of Neuronal Specificity in Acupuncture: The Multiacupoint Siguan and Its Sham Point

Yi Shan | Zhi-qun Wang | ... | Kun-cheng Li
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 465760
  • - Research Article

Differential Activation Patterns of fMRI in Sleep-Deprived Brain: Restoring Effects of Acupuncture

Lei Gao | Ming Zhang | ... | Fuqing Zhou
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 693783
  • - Research Article

Effects of Electroacupuncture on Facial Nerve Function and HSV-1 DNA Quantity in HSV-1 Induced Facial Nerve Palsy Mice

Hongzhi Tang | Shuwei Feng | ... | Fanrong Liang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 729091
  • - Research Article

Correlation between the Effects of Acupuncture at Taichong (LR3) and Functional Brain Areas: A Resting-State Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study Using True versus Sham Acupuncture

Chunxiao Wu | Shanshan Qu | ... | Chunzhi Tang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 603909
  • - Research Article

Acupuncture Enhances Effective Connectivity between Cerebellum and Primary Sensorimotor Cortex in Patients with Stable Recovery Stroke

Zijing Xie | Fangyuan Cui | ... | Lijun Bai
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