Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Neuroendocrine Mechanisms of Acupuncture


Publishing date
01 Nov 2011
Status
Published
Submission deadline
01 May 2011

Lead Editor

1Acupuncture Institute, Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Hubei University of Chinese Medicine, Wuhan 430061, China

2Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Union Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430022, China

3Laboratory of Comparative Neuroimmunology, Department of Neurobiology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1763, USA


Neuroendocrine Mechanisms of Acupuncture

Description

Acupuncture is an ancient East Asian modality that has been in use for more than 2000 years. It is currently gaining popularity worldwide as a “complementary” or “alternative therapy.” Although acupuncture therapy has been demonstrated to be effective in several clinical areas, the underlying mechanisms of acupuncture in general remain unclearly delineated. The topic of acupuncture effect has been extensively covered, including anti-inflammation, modulating endocrinologic hormone levels, regulating immune function, and neural transmitters. Recently, there are a growing focus on the critical role of the brain and a need to explain how acupuncture affects endocrine function through the CNS (central neural system). For example, there is accumulating evidence that acupuncture impacts insulin sensitivity. Potentially there are a range of neuroendocrine responses which could underlie the effectiveness of acupuncture. More in-depth analysis requires further investigation. We invite authors to present original research articles and review articles that will stimulate the continuing efforts in defining and promoting the neuroendocrine mechanism of acupuncture. We are particularly interested in manuscripts that report the results of acupuncture with emphasis on the effects of acupuncture on CNS and how they contribute to regulation of acupuncture on the endocrine system. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Animal and human studies of the following:
    • Acupuncture and endocrine system
    • Acupuncture and the central nervous system
    • Future perspectives

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Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 792793
  • - Editorial

Neuroendocrine Mechanisms of Acupuncture

Fengxia Liang | Rui Chen | Edwin L. Cooper
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 324039
  • - Research Article

Effects of Electroacupuncture at BL60 on Formalin-Induced Pain in Rats

Kyung-Ha Chang | Ran Won | ... | Bae Hwan Lee
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 739045
  • - Review Article

Acupuncture for the Treatment of Opiate Addiction

Jaung-Geng Lin | Yuan-Yu Chan | Yi-Hung Chen
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 286404
  • - Research Article

Electroacupuncture Suppresses Discrete Cue-Evoked Heroin-Seeking and Fos Protein Expression in the Nucleus Accumbens Core in Rats

Sheng Liu | Fenglei Zhu | ... | Wenhua Zhou
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 492471
  • - Research Article

Effects of Electroacupuncture on N-Methyl-D-aspartate Receptor-Related Signaling Pathway in the Spinal Cord of Normal Rats

Ha-Neui Kim | Yu-Ri Kim | ... | Byung-Tae Choi
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 792765
  • - Research Article

Changes in Cytokine Expression after Electroacupuncture in Neuropathic Rats

Myeoung Hoon Cha | Taick Sang Nam | ... | Bae Hwan Lee
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 908439
  • - Research Article

The Cortical and Striatal Gene Expression Profile of 100 Hz Electroacupuncture Treatment in 6-Hydroxydopamine-Induced Parkinson's Disease Model

Li-Rong Huo | Xi-Bin Liang | ... | Xiao-Min Wang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 878673
  • - Review Article

Neuroendocrine Mechanisms of Acupuncture in the Treatment of Hypertension

Wei Zhou | John C. Longhurst
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 670536
  • - Research Article

Acupuncture Stimulation Alleviates Corticosterone-Induced Impairments of Spatial Memory and Cholinergic Neurons in Rats

Bombi Lee | Bong-Jun Sur | ... | Dae-Hyun Hahm
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 579321
  • - Review Article

Acupuncture as Treatment of Hot Flashes and the Possible Role of Calcitonin Gene-Related Peptide

Anna-Clara E. Spetz Holm | Jessica Frisk | Mats L. Hammar
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