Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Acupuncture and Immunity


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Published

Lead Editor

1Hubei University of Chinese Medicine, Hubei, China

2University of California, Los Angeles, USA

3Hubei University of Chinese Medicine, Wuhan, China

4China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing, China

5University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil

6Kansai University of Health Sciences, Osaka, Japan


Acupuncture and Immunity

Description

As a traditional therapy applied for thousands of years, acupuncture has recently been attracting more and more investigators throughout the world as an alternative treatment. We proposed that acupuncture can strengthen the human body to resist diseases by puncturing needles at certain points. The character that acupuncture enhances resistance is closely related to the immune system, which functions in defense, homeostasis, and surveillance. More and more research has revealed that acupuncture can regulate immunity, for example, to enhance anticancer and antistress immune function and exert anti-inflammation effects. This may be the basis of acupuncture in preventing and treating later diseases. However, further research is urgently essential to elucidate the relation between acupuncture and immune responses, thus providing underlying mechanisms of acupuncture in treating diseases.

We invite authors to present original research papers and review papers that will stimulate the continuing efforts in defining and promoting a better understanding of acupuncture and immunity. We are particularly interested in manuscripts that report the research results of acupuncture that emphasize effects of acupuncture on immune and disease and the underlying mechanisms.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Animal and human studies of:
    • Effect of acupuncture on the immune systems in health and diseases, for example, inflammatory diseases, carcinomas, allergy, and autoimmune diseases
    • The assessments techniques of immune-regulating effect of acupuncture
    • Mechanisms by which acupuncture plays a role in immune-related diseases
    • Recent advances in acupuncture and immunity research

Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 260620
  • - Editorial

Acupuncture and Immunity

Fengxia Liang | Edwin L. Cooper | ... | Tetsuya Kondo
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 938054
  • - Research Article

Moxibustion and Acupuncture Ameliorate Crohn’s Disease by Regulating the Balance between Th17 and Treg Cells in the Intestinal Mucosa

Chen Zhao | Chunhui Bao | ... | Huangan Wu
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 839697
  • - Research Article

Immunoregulation on Mice of Low Immunity and Effects on Five Kinds of Human Cancer Cells of Panax japonicus Polysaccharide

Zhang Jie | Li Chun-Yan | ... | Liu Sheng-Lan
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 639412
  • - Research Article

Electroacupuncture at Bilateral Zusanli Points (ST36) Protects Intestinal Mucosal Immune Barrier in Sepsis

Mei-fei Zhu | Xi Xing | ... | Rong-lin Jiang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 975632
  • - Review Article

Mediators, Receptors, and Signalling Pathways in the Anti-Inflammatory and Antihyperalgesic Effects of Acupuncture

John L. McDonald | Allan W. Cripps | Peter K. Smith
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 949065
  • - Research Article

Herb-Partitioned Moxibustion Regulates the TLR2/NF-κB Signaling Pathway in a Rat Model of Ulcerative Colitis

Xiaomei Wang | Yanan Liu | ... | Huangan Wu
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
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