By Hong Hai
Acupuncture is broadly practised within the twenty first century in scientifically built nations for a variety of diseases starting from persistent ache, giddiness and hypertension to gastrointestinal issues and sexual disorder. but the explanations for its vaunted efficacy stay an issue of controversy. In conventional chinese language scientific thought, the mechanism of motion in acupuncture used to be understood when it comes to the move of qi and the stability of yin and yang in the course of the body's meridians, a fancy community painstaking charted yet by no means stumbled on. sleek scientific researchers have tested previous and new needling issues, and a few view them as "trigger issues" that stimulate physiological responses within the physique. there's additionally transparent proof of sturdy placebo results, even though it has now not been conclusively validated that that this is often both the most or the single major impact.
This quantity comprises twelve articles protecting the newest medical factors of the mechanism of acupuncture and important experiences of scientific trials on its efficacy by way of top students, together with Edzard Ernst at Exeter, Lixing Lao on the college of Maryland, notebook Leung on the chinese language college of Hong Kong and Thomas Lundeberg at Karolinska Institute.
Hong Hai is Senior Fellow on the Institute of complex experiences and Adjunct Professor, Nanyang Technological college, Singapore and Director of the Renhai hospital.
Readership: doctors, either Western doctors and TCM practitioners, acupuncturists, researchers and scholars. additionally, libraries of TCM specialist institutions and educating institutes.
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Many brain areas, especially the hypothalamus, are involved in the effect of acupuncture. Acupuncture-induced release of CNS neuromodulators (peptides and hormones) seems to be essential for inducing functional changes in organ systems. The central hypothalamic beta-endorphin system is likely a key mediator of changes in autonomic functions, such as effects on the vasomotor centre, which decreases sympathetic tone. The latter and is reflected by improved blood pressure regulation and decreased muscle sympathetic nerve activity.
Likewise, complexity theory and the development of order out of disorder (chaos theory) also appear to be helpful ways of modelling these processes. Most likely acupuncture treatment involves multiple levels of biological actions including established biological pathways and potentially other emerging pathways related to EM signals in the body. How TBSAs engage these and how well TBSA theories approximate, match, describe these or have nothing to do with them remain unclear. As Manaka described, the factors involved are likely to be very subtle or operate at very low energy levels, which, without the right technology, can be very difficult to detect and map.
Interestingly, low-frequency (2 Hz pulse trains) EA also increase skeletal muscle glucose uptake. In insulin-resistant rats peripheral insulin sensitivity is improved by low-frequency EA for 4–5 weeks with three treatments per week and normalized by five treatments per week. indd 7 1/25/2013 6:13:32 PM b1528 Acupuncture: Theory and Evidence 8 b1528_Ch-01 25 Jan 2013 6:22 PM T. Lundeberg and glucose uptake, factors that may be be impaired in ischemic and degenerative pain conditions. Segmental mechanisms: Needle stimulation of muscles results in the activation of descending; nociceptive (‘pain’) and sympathetic inhibitory systems — terminating in the spinal cord — within the same segments.