Neural Plasticity

Acupuncture Therapies and Neuroplasticity 2020


Publishing date
01 Nov 2020
Status
Closed
Submission deadline
26 Jun 2020

Lead Editor

1Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing, China

2Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Melbourne, Australia

3Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria

4Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou, China

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Acupuncture Therapies and Neuroplasticity 2020

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Description

The brain has an excellent ability to adapt and change with experience. Neuroplasticity, including dendritic remodelling, synapse turnover, long-term potentiation (LTP), and neurogenesis, is a feature of the brain’s response to the environment. Acupuncture - as one of the complementary therapies - is widely used by physicians in clinical practice. Although many studies have tried to analyse 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. Many 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 phenomenon of raising enhanced adult neurogenesis by acupuncture. Acute pain induces a depressed mood, and chronic pain is known to cause depression. Depression, meanwhile, can also adversely affect pain behaviours. Pain and depression independently induce long-term plasticity in the central nervous system. Imaging studies 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. The development 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.

The aim of this Special Issue is to collate original research articles as well as review articles that will stimulate 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 the 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
  • Effects and mechanisms of acupuncture on neuroplasticity in neurodegenerative diseases, cardiac and gastrointestinal diseases
  • Effects and mechanisms of acupuncture on neuroplasticity in acute and chronic pain
  • Effects and mechanisms of acupuncture on neuroplasticity in mood disorders
  • Recent advances in neuroplasticity using acupuncture

Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2021
  • - Article ID 8812490
  • - Research Article

Distinctive Alterations of Functional Connectivity Strength between Vascular and Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment

Hui Li | Shuai Gao | ... | Kuncheng Li
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2021
  • - Article ID 8876873
  • - Research Article

Effect of Acupuncture Stimulation of Hegu (LI4) and Taichong (LR3) on the Resting-State Networks in Alzheimer’s Disease: Beyond the Default Mode Network

Shaozhen Ji | Hao Zhang | ... | Zhiqun Wang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2021
  • - Article ID 8881557
  • - Review Article

The Role of Neuroglial Crosstalk and Synaptic Plasticity-Mediated Central Sensitization in Acupuncture Analgesia

Zhongxi Lyu | Yongming Guo | ... | Xiaowei Lin
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2021
  • - Article ID 8868447
  • - Review Article

The Role of Acupuncture Improving Cognitive Deficits due to Alzheimer’s Disease or Vascular Diseases through Regulating Neuroplasticity

Shaozhen Ji | Jiayu Duan | ... | Xianglan Jin
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2021
  • - Article ID 8814616
  • - Research Article

Electroacupuncture Ameliorates Neuroinflammation-Mediated Cognitive Deficits through Inhibition of NLRP3 in Presenilin1/2 Conditional Double Knockout Mice

Kun Li | Guoqi Shi | ... | Yongjun Chen
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2020
  • - Article ID 8832694
  • - Research Article

Transcutaneous Electrical Acupoint Stimulation in Early Life Changes Synaptic Plasticity and Improves Symptoms in a Valproic Acid-Induced Rat Model of Autism

Xiaoxi Wang | Rui Ding | ... | Rong Zhang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2020
  • - Article ID 8870589
  • - Research Article

The Instant Effects of Continuous Transcutaneous Auricular Vagus Nerve Stimulation at Acupoints on the Functional Connectivity of Amygdala in Migraine without Aura: A Preliminary Study

Wenting Luo | Yue Zhang | ... | Bo Liu
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2020
  • - Article ID 8890521
  • - Review Article

The Effectiveness and Safety of Manual Acupuncture Therapy in Patients with Poststroke Cognitive Impairment: A Meta-analysis

Wei Liu | Chang Rao | ... | Jipeng Yang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2020
  • - Article ID 8892184
  • - Review Article

Acupuncture for Adults with Diarrhea-Predominant Irritable Bowel Syndrome or Functional Diarrhea: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Jianbo Guo | Xiaoxiao Xing | ... | Qingyong He
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2020
  • - Article ID 8859672
  • - Research Article

EA Improves the Motor Function in Rats with Spinal Cord Injury by Inhibiting Signal Transduction of Semaphorin3A and Upregulating of the Peripheral Nerve Networks

Rong Hu | Haipeng Xu | ... | Ruijie Ma
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