Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Neurobiological Mechanisms of Acupuncture


Publishing date
12 Jul 2013
Status
Published
Submission deadline
22 Feb 2013

Lead Editor

1Intelligent Medical Research Center, Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

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

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

4Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115, USA


Neurobiological Mechanisms of Acupuncture

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 mechanism of acupuncture
  • The role of context and ritual in acupuncture treatment

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Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 652457
  • - Editorial

Neurobiological Mechanisms of Acupuncture

Lijun Bai | Richard E. Harris | ... | Baixiao Zhao
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 953162
  • - Research Article

Effects of Pretreatment with a Combination of Melatonin and Electroacupuncture in a Rat Model of Transient Focal Cerebral Ischemia

Lingguang Liu | R. T. F. Cheung
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 294789
  • - Research Article

Electroacupuncture Stimulation at CV12 Inhibits Gastric Motility via TRPV1 Receptor

Zhi Yu | Xin Cao | ... | Bin Xu
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 483105
  • - Research Article

Neural Encoding of Acupuncture Needling Sensations: Evidence from a fMRI Study

Xiaoling Wang | Suk-Tak Chan | ... | Kathleen K. S. Hui
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 369324
  • - Research Article

Effect of Bee Venom Acupuncture on Oxaliplatin-Induced Cold Allodynia in Rats

Bong-Soo Lim | Hak Jin Moon | ... | Byung-Il Min
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 127271
  • - Research Article

Multivariate Granger Causality Analysis of Acupuncture Effects in Mild Cognitive Impairment Patients: An fMRI Study

Shangjie Chen | Lijun Bai | ... | Xuemin Shi
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 436913
  • - Review Article

Mechanisms of Electroacupuncture-Induced Analgesia on Neuropathic Pain in Animal Model

Woojin Kim | Sun Kwang Kim | Byung-Il Min
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 924541
  • - Research Article

Electroacupuncture Could Regulate the NF- B Signaling Pathway to Ameliorate the Inflammatory Injury in Focal Cerebral Ischemia/Reperfusion Model Rats

Wen-yi Qin | Yong Luo | ... | Ya-hui Li
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 795906
  • - Research Article

Acupuncture-Evoked Response in Somatosensory and Prefrontal Cortices Predicts Immediate Pain Reduction in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Yumi Maeda | Norman Kettner | ... | Vitaly Napadow
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 628907
  • - Review Article

Placebo Acupuncture Devices: Considerations for Acupuncture Research

Dan Zhu | Ying Gao | ... | Jian Kong
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