Neural Plasticity

Acupuncture Therapies and Neuroplasticity


Publishing date
13 Jan 2017
Status
Published
Submission deadline
26 Aug 2016

Lead Editor
Guest Editors

1Beijing Hospital of Traditional Chinese, Beijing, China

2Harvard Medical School, Charlestown, USA

3Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark


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:

  • 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 2017
  • - Article ID 6178505
  • - Editorial

Acupuncture Therapies and Neuroplasticity

Cun-Zhi Liu | Jian Kong | KeLun Wang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 4135164
  • - Research Article

Mechanisms Underlying the Antidepressant Response of Acupuncture via PKA/CREB Signaling Pathway

Huili Jiang | Xuhui Zhang | ... | Tuya Bao
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 4716792
  • - Clinical Study

Neuroplasticity Changes on Human Motor Cortex Induced by Acupuncture Therapy: A Preliminary Study

Yi Yang | Ines Eisner | ... | Linpeng Wang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 8696402
  • - Research Article

Acupuncture Attenuates Renal Sympathetic Activity and Blood Pressure via Beta-Adrenergic Receptors in Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats

Jing-Wen Yang | Yang Ye | ... | Cun-Zhi Liu
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 9545646
  • - Research Article

Electroacupuncture Regulates Hippocampal Synaptic Plasticity via miR-134-Mediated LIMK1 Function in Rats with Ischemic Stroke

Weilin Liu | Jie Wu | ... | Jing Tao
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 8307175
  • - Research Article

Neural Network Underlying Recovery from Disowned Bodily States Induced by the Rubber Hand Illusion

In-Seon Lee | Younbyoung Chae
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 5320641
  • - Research Article

Inhibition of the cAMP/PKA/CREB Pathway Contributes to the Analgesic Effects of Electroacupuncture in the Anterior Cingulate Cortex in a Rat Pain Memory Model

Xiao-Mei Shao | Jing Sun | ... | Jian-Qiao Fang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 3131586
  • - Research Article

Musical Electroacupuncture May Be a Better Choice than Electroacupuncture in a Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s Disease

Jing Jiang | Gang Liu | ... | Zhigang Li
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 6521026
  • - Research Article

Electroacupuncture Reduces the Effects of Acute Noxious Stimulation on the Electrical Activity of Pain-Related Neurons in the Hippocampus of Control and Neuropathic Pain Rats

Jun-Ying Wang | Renbo Chen | ... | Gerhard Litscher
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 1437148
  • - Research Article

Electroacupuncture Treatment Alleviates Central Poststroke Pain by Inhibiting Brain Neuronal Apoptosis and Aberrant Astrocyte Activation

Gui-Hua Tian | Shan-Shan Tao | ... | He-Bin Tang
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