Tag: acupuncture animal research

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Effects of Acupuncture on Chronic Stress-Induced Depression-Like Behavior and Its Central Neural Mechanism

Interesting selection of points.  Perhaps necessary in the case of using mice, but nonetheless maybe I should branch out a bit.  I ususally like using points on the distal extremities because, according to the ancient teachings, they are more powerful.  They treated the mice daily for 7 or 14 days and were able to show…

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Implanted Electrodes on St 36 improve gastic mobility and HRV

Acupuncture improves gastric motility and HRV in an animal model of chemically induces gastroparesis This study looked at an animal model of functional dysmotility caused in utero and then after 2 months of life implant electrodes at St 36.  The electrodes not only cause improved motility, but lower norepinephrine and improved HRV also. We may…

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Mechanism of Electroacupuncture on Postoperative Ileus Induced by Surgical Stress in Rats

I’m trying, most likely in vain, to prepare a journal article on my HRV findings due May 14th.  This paper has some fascinating data and is pertinent to my project.  The full article is here.mechanism of acupuncture on postoperative ileus Med Acupunct. 2019 Apr 1;31(2):109-115. doi: 10.1089/acu.2018.1322. Epub 2019 Apr 15. Mechanism of Electroacupuncture on…

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Investigation of Metabolic Response to Electro-Acupuncture Stimulation.

Sci Rep. 2017 Jul 28;7(1):6820. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-07306-5. Full text here This graph jumped out at me. “Abnormalities in lipid metabolism, including significantly elevated LDL/VLDL and cholesterol, have been observed in the serum of normal weight migraine patients39 and pregnant migraineurs40. In our study, serum LDL in both the SMFY and GMFS group were dramatically decreased,…

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Mechanism Underlying Acupuncture-Ameliorated Depressive Behaviors by Enhancing Glial Glutamate Transporter in Chronic Unpredictable Mild Stress (CUMS) Rats.

This article is a great example of the preventative effects of acupuncture.  They invoke Chronic Unpredictable Mild Stress (CUMS), and then give acupuncture 36Stomach and Liver 3. “improving sucrose consumption, latency, and food intake in CUMS rats. However, acupuncture appears to achieve an antidepressant effect later than riluzole does because it might need accumulated stimulation…

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HRV study: Anti-inflammatory and autonomic effects of electroacupuncture in a rat model of diet-induced obesity

I get asked about acupuncture and obesity so often.  My standard reply is that if I could treat obesity I’d be a billionaire many times over.  Maybe I should make more of an effort!!  Unfortunately, there are no details given in the abstract and no free online access, so I’m not sure what protocol they…

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Acupuncture Effect on Startle and HRV in Beagles

This article is similar to the article on horses which also showed a blunting of the autonomic response to startle. There was also this article that looked at startle in young men showing that TAVNS improved their response to startle. Physiol Behav. 2018 Jan 9;186:37-44. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2018.01.006. [Epub ahead of print] Effects of acupuncture on…

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Acupuncture Mechanisms for Asthma

This animal study demonstrates some of the mechanisms behind acupuncture’s effectiveness for asthma including airway inflammation and the hypothalamic-adrenal-pituitary axis.  These effects are not unique to asthma, and can help to explain acupuncture’s effectiveness in other immune and inflammatory dysfunction. Neurosci Lett. 2017 Jan 1;636:177-183. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2016.11.001. Epub 2016 Nov 2. Regulation of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis activity…

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Who Doesn’t Love Animal Acupuncture?

Report from the BBC on animal acupuncture.  Great photos and information!

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Electroacupuncture at GB20 Relieves Migraine and Lowers CGRP in Animals

I was not aware that migraine sufferers had cutaneous allodynia.  That may account for the exaggerated autonomic response to needling I’ve noticed in the clinic. Neural Regen Res. 2017 May;12(5):804-811. doi: 10.4103/1673-5374.206652. Electroacupuncture at Fengchi (GB20) inhibits calcitonin gene-related peptide expression in the trigeminovascular system of a rat model of migraine. Zhao LP1,2, Liu L1,…

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