Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Advances on the Acupuncture Therapies and Neuroplasticity


Publishing date
01 Jun 2018
Status
Published
Submission deadline
12 Jan 2018

Lead Editor

1Beijing Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Beijing, China

2Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA

3Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


Advances on the Acupuncture Therapies and Neuroplasticity

Description

The brain has an excellent ability to adapt and change with experience. Neuroplasticity, including dendritic remodeling, synapse turnover, long-term potentiation (LTP), and neurogenesis, is a feature of the brain’s response to the environment. Acupuncture as one of complementary therapies is widely used by physicians in clinical practice. Although many studies have tried to analyze the potential effects of acupuncture, the mechanisms are not fully elucidated yet.

Various diseases for which acupuncture is known to be effective are neurodegenerative diseases, pain, mood disorders, and so on. A large amount of studies considered that acupuncture plays a therapeutic role by facilitating neuroplasticity. Neurodegenerative diseases, including stroke, Alzheimer’s disease (AD), and Parkinson’s disease (PD), have a common pathological factor, which is the massive death of neurons. For neurodegenerative diseases, previous studies have reported the phenomena of raising enhanced adult neurogenesis by acupuncture. Acute pain induces depressed mood, and chronic pain is known to cause depression. Depression, meanwhile, can also adversely affect pain behaviors. Pain and depression independently induce long-term plasticity in the central nervous system. Imaging study found that acupuncture increased default mode network connectivity with pain, affective, and memory related brain regions. This modulation may relate to acupuncture analgesia, memory improvement, and other potential therapeutic effects. Developments of molecular biological technology, electrophysiology, and sophisticated imaging technologies have provided insight into the mechanisms of action of acupuncture. A better understanding of acupuncture regulating neuroplasticity is likely to develop strategies to treat various disorders.

We invite investigators to contribute original research articles as well as review articles that will stimulate the continuing efforts to understand the relationship between acupuncture and neuroplasticity. We are particularly interested in articles describing the therapeutic effect of acupuncture on neuroplasticity and new insights into physiological mechanisms of acupuncture using human and animal models.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Neuroimaging studies on the interaction between acupuncture and neuroplasticity
  • Effect and mechanisms of acupuncture on neuroplasticity in neurodegenerative diseases
  • Effect and mechanisms of acupuncture on neuroplasticity in acute and chronic pain
  • Effect and mechanisms of acupuncture on neuroplasticity in mood disorders
  • Recent advances in neuroplasticity using acupuncture

Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 7231378
  • - Editorial

Advances on the Acupuncture Therapies and Neuroplasticity

Cun-Zhi Liu | Jian-De Chen | Meng Zhang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 8107508
  • - Review Article

Role of Acupuncture in the Management of Severe Acquired Brain Injuries (sABIs)

Loredana Cavalli | Lucia Briscese | ... | Maria Chiara Carboncini
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 8296824
  • - Research Article

Electroacupuncture Could Influence the Expression of IL-1β and NLRP3 Inflammasome in Hippocampus of Alzheimer’s Disease Animal Model

Jing Jiang | Ning Ding | ... | Zhigang Li
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 6409389
  • - Review Article

Acupuncture on Obesity: Clinical Evidence and Possible Neuroendocrine Mechanisms

Kepei Zhang | Shigao Zhou | ... | Li Zhang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 5179689
  • - Research Article

Structural Changes Induced by Acupuncture in the Recovering Brain after Ischemic Stroke

Ping Wu | Yu-mei Zhou | ... | Fan-rong Liang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 7568697
  • - Research Article

The Comprehensive Therapy of Electroacupuncture Promotes Regeneration of Nerve Fibers and Motor Function Recovery in Rats after Spinal Cord Injury

Yi-Fan Li | Tie Li | ... | Fu-Chun Wang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 2086163
  • - Research Article

Home-Based Transcutaneous Neuromodulation Improved Constipation via Modulating Gastrointestinal Hormones and Bile Acids

Zhenyang Ge | Zhijun Duan | ... | Jiande D. Z. Chen
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 5712857
  • - Research Article

Effect of Acupuncture at LR3 on Cerebral Glucose Metabolism in a Rat Model of Hypertension: A 18F-FDG-PET Study

Jing Li | Yumei Wang | ... | Xinsheng Lai
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 1013978
  • - Research Article

The Effect of Electroacupuncture versus Manual Acupuncture through the Expression of TrkB/NF-κB in the Subgranular Zone of the Dentate Gyrus of Telomerase-Deficient Mice

Dong Lin | Jie Zhang | ... | Lili Lin
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 2468105
  • - Research Article

Electroacupuncture Ameliorates Cognitive Deficit and Improves Hippocampal Synaptic Plasticity in Adult Rat with Neonatal Maternal Separation

Lili Guo | Ximin Liang | ... | Yongjun Chen
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
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