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Effect of acupuncture on short-term memory and apoptosis after transient cerebral ischemia in gerbils

  • Choi, In-Ho;Lim, Hyung-Ho
    • The Journal of Korean Medicine
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    • v.39 no.4
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    • pp.1-15
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    • 2018
  • Objectives: Cerebral ischemia results from a variety of causes that cerebral blood flow is reduced due to a transient or permanent occlusion of cerebral arteries. Reactive astrocytes and microglial activation plays an important role in the neuronal cell death during ischemic insult. Acupunctural treatment is effective for symptom improvement in cerebrovascular accident, including cerebral ischemia. Methods: In the present study, the effects of acupuncture at the ST40 acupoint on short-term memory and apoptosis in the hippocampal CA1 region following transient global cerebral ischemia were investigated using gerbils. Transient global ischemia was induced by occlusion of both common carotid arteries with aneurysm clips for 5 min. Acupuncture stimulation was conducted once daily for 7 consecutive days, starting one day after surgery. Results: In the present results, ischemia induction deteriorated short term memory, increased apoptosis, and induced reactive astrocyte and microglial activation. Acupuncture at ST40 acupoint ameliorated ischemia-induced short-term memory impairment by suppressing apoptosis in the hippocampus through down-regulation of reactive astrocytes and microglial activation. Conclusion: The present study suggests that acupuncture at the ST40 acupoint can be used for treatment of patients with cerebral stroke.

Recent Clinical Research Trends of Chuna Treatment in Obese Children through CAJ and Pubmed (CAJ와 Pubmed를 이용한 비만아동의 추나치료에 대한 최신임상연구 동향)

  • Ryu, Hyang;Kim, Seo Hyung;Kim, Ki Bong;Cheon, Jin Hong
    • The Journal of Pediatrics of Korean Medicine
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    • v.33 no.2
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    • pp.48-68
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    • 2019
  • Objectives The purpose of this study is to obtain knowledge from clinical studies conducted in China to examine the effectiveness of Chuna treatment and its potential in childhood obesity. Methods 6 clinical studies up to March, 2018 about childhood obesity were reviewed using 'CAJ', Chinese Academic Journal from China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) and 'Pubmed'. Result 1. 6 eligible randomized control studies were selected based on our inclusion criteria. Then, the studies are analyzed by demographic information, treatment method, evaluation methods, and results. 2. Ordinary acupoints (正經穴) is the most common acupoint-applying method of Chuna therapy. The most frequently used acupoints were Zhongwan (CV12), Tianshu (ST25), Zusanli (ST36), Qihai (CV6), Fenglong (ST40) and Guanyuan (CV4). Conclusion In most of the studies, the overall effectiveness in the treatment group was better than that of the control group. The results of this study can be used for future studies of Chuna therapy in the child obesity.