Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

The Use of Acupuncture for the Treatment of Gastrointestinal Diseases


Publishing date
01 Feb 2022
Status
Closed
Submission deadline
17 Sep 2021

Lead Editor

1Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chengdu, China

2Jiangsu Province Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Nanjing, China

3Ageing Well National Science Challenge, Dunedin, New Zealand

4Hunan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Hunan, China

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The Use of Acupuncture for the Treatment of Gastrointestinal Diseases

This issue is now closed for submissions.
More articles will be published in the near future.

Description

Gastrointestinal diseases (GIDs), such as functional constipation, functional diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel diseases, or obesity, are prevalent in modern society and pose a major challenge to scientific and clinical communities. Social distress, psychological factors, irregular diet, lack of exercise are the main factors inducing or aggravating GIDs which result in symptoms such as abdominal pain or discomfort, irregular stool formation or bowel movements, inflammation, excessive build-up of metabolites, as well as decreased quality of daily life. As a worldwide public health issue, GIDs make a substantial negative socioeconomic effect on the health care system. A considerable number of patients are not completely satisfied with conventional treatments and respond poorly to drugs since they do not address the underlying pathophysiology of the disorders and may not relieve the associated symptoms.

Acupuncture treatment is one of the most popular nonpharmacologic therapies. It has been frequently used for managing various GIDs worldwide. Acupuncture treatment of GIDs can relieve gastrointestinal symptoms and can provide other beneficial effects. Multiple methods of acupuncture are available for GIDs treatment or as adjunctive to current medical treatment. This includes manual acupuncture, electroacupuncture, auricular acupuncture, warm-acupuncture, fire acupuncture, etc. Although several high-quality trials have confirmed the efficacy of acupuncture in GIDs treatment, we need further research on this topic. Acupuncture therapy for GIDs should be comprehensively assessed by scientific research methods.

This Special Issue aims to bring together original research and review articles discussing the topic. We hope that this Issue provides a platform for scientific researchers and clinicians to submit research that can assess the efficacy/effectiveness and safety of acupuncture for any kind of gastrointestinal disorders. We also hope that this Issue provides a comprehensive overview of acupuncture for GIDs. Research including acupuncture techniques such as manual acupuncture, electroacupuncture, auricular acupuncture, warm needle acupuncture, and fire acupuncture is welcome.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Basic studies about the mechanism of acupuncture therapy in treating GIDs
  • Clinical trials or study protocols about the efficacy/effectiveness of acupuncture therapy in the treatment of GIDs
  • Narrative and systematic reviews summarising the progress of acupuncture therapy for the treatment of GIDs
  • The adverse effects and risks of acupuncture in the treatment of GIDs

Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2022
  • - Article ID 5814048
  • - Review Article

Role of Bile Acids and Nuclear Receptors in Acupuncture in Improving Crohn’s Disease

Jia-Cheng Shen | Qin Qi | ... | Hui-rong Liu
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2022
  • - Article ID 8362892
  • - Review Article

The Influence of Acupuncture Parameters on Efficacy and the Possible Use of Acupuncture in Combination with or as a Substitute for Drug Therapy in Patients with Ulcerative Colitis

Min’an Chen | Sisi Zhao | ... | Mingmin Zhu
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2022
  • - Article ID 2497430
  • - Research Article

Electroacupuncture Alleviates Visceral Hypersensitivity in IBS-D Rats by Inhibiting EGCs Activity through Regulating BDNF/TrkB Signaling Pathway

Ying Zhao | Hui-ling Jiang | ... | Qian-hua Zheng
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2022
  • - Article ID 6548623
  • - Research Article

Effects of Electroacupuncture at Different Acupoints on Functional Dyspepsia Rats

Yue-Jie Li | Na-Na Yang | ... | Cun-Zhi Liu
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2022
  • - Article ID 1614648
  • - Research Article

The Influence of Psychological Status on Acupuncture for Postprandial Distress Syndrome: A Subgroup Analysis of a Multicenter, Randomized Controlled Trial

Na-Na Yang | Jing-Wen Yang | ... | Cun-Zhi Liu
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2022
  • - Article ID 3534874
  • - Research Article

Effects of Herb-Partitioned Moxibustion on Autophagy and Immune Activity in the Colon Tissue of Rats with Crohn’s Disease

Jimeng Zhao | Zhe Ma | ... | Yanan Liu
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2022
  • - Article ID 8528938
  • - Review Article

A Review on the Immunomodulatory Mechanism of Acupuncture in the Treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Zhifeng Liu | Yi Jiao | ... | Mengqian Lu
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2021
  • - Article ID 8329366
  • - Review Article

Electroacupuncture for Gastrointestinal Function Recovery after Gynecological Surgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Xiang Gao | Yuzhuo Zhang | ... | Yi Guo
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2021
  • - Article ID 1975228
  • - Research Article

Electroacupuncture Regulates TRPV1 through PAR2/PKC Pathway to Alleviate Visceral Hypersensitivity in FD Rats

Yong-li Han | Xing-ming Peng | ... | Liang-yu Zhang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2021
  • - Article ID 4296216
  • - Research Article

A Comparison Study of the Effect on IBS-D Rats among Ginger-Partitioned Moxibustion, Mild Moxibustion, and Laser Moxibustion

Chao Sun | Xiaofeng Yang | ... | Changchun Ji
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