Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Clinical Efficacy, Mechanisms, and Safety of Acupuncture and Moxibustion


Publishing date
19 Jul 2013
Status
Published
Submission deadline
01 Mar 2013

Lead Editor

1School of Chinese Medicine, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan

2Graduate Institute of Acupuncture Science, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan

3Department of Physiology, Institute of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing, China

4Acupuncture and Meridian Science Research Centre, College of Korean Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Republic of Korea

5Stronach Research Unit for Complementary and Integrative Laser Medicine, Research Unit of Biomedical Engineering in Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, and TCM Research Center, Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria


Clinical Efficacy, Mechanisms, and Safety of Acupuncture and Moxibustion

Description

Acupuncture has recently increased in popularity and is becoming more widespread throughout the world. It is described as one of the “complementary and alternative medicine/therapies,” showing promising efficacy in the treatment of many conditions and resulting in fewer adverse effects compared to some conventional medicine. Many studies in animals and humans have demonstrated that acupuncture results in multiple biological responses. Although the endorphin theory has been well established, the mechanisms underlying acupuncture treatments have not been extensively studied. Basic and clinical acupuncture studies are important and timely. Although acupuncture is widely used with relative sound safety profile, incidences of acupuncture adverse effects have been reported. Modern technology should be used to explore its safer practice such as safe needling depths and techniques as well as proper use of clean needle techniques.

Moxibustion is another traditional Chinese medical intervention that involves the burning of moxa above body surface of the acupuncture points. The clinical efficacy and mechanism of moxibustion have not been extensively studied. In addition, it is important that moxibustion safety issues be investigated, in regard to potential tissue damage and adverse physical reactions.

We invite investigators to contribute original research articles as well as review articles that will stimulate efforts to understand the clinical efficacy, mechanism of action, and safety of acupuncture and moxibustion. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Evaluation of clinical efficacy of acupuncture
  • Mechanisms of acupuncture
  • Safety issues of acupuncture
  • Research evidence for acupuncture or moxibustion
  • Evaluation of clinical efficacy of moxibustion
  • Mechanisms of moxibustion
  • Safety of moxibustion

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Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 356258
  • - Editorial

Clinical Efficacy, Mechanisms, and Safety of Acupuncture and Moxibustion

Jaung-Geng Lin | Yi-Hung Chen | ... | Gerhard Litscher
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 659268
  • - Research Article

Electroacupuncture at Acupoints Reverses Plasma Glutamate, Lipid, and LDL/VLDL in an Acute Migraine Rat Model: A1H NMR-Based Metabolomic Study

Zishan Gao | Xuguang Liu | ... | Fanrong Liang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 241027
  • - Review Article

Moxibustion for the Correction of Nonvertex Presentation: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials

Qin-hong Zhang | Jin-huan Yue | ... | Di Wang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 379291
  • - Review Article

The Mechanism of Moxibustion: Ancient Theory and Modern Research

Hongyong Deng | Xueyong Shen
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 506317
  • - Research Article

The Effects of Sa-Am Acupuncture Treatment on Respiratory Physiology Parameters in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Patients: A Pilot Study

Sangmi Lee | Sungchul Kim
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 809062
  • - Research Article

Blockade of Adrenal Medulla-Derived Epinephrine Potentiates Bee Venom-Induced Antinociception in the Mouse Formalin Test: Involvement of Peripheral β-Adrenoceptors

Suk-Yun Kang | Dae-Hyun Roh | ... | Jang-Hern Lee
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 424587
  • - Research Article

Effects of Laser Acupuncture on Longitudinal Bone Growth in Adolescent Rats

Mijung Yeom | Sung-Hun Kim | ... | Hyejung Lee
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 969824
  • - Research Article

Electroacupuncture and Rosiglitazone Combined Therapy as a Means of Treating Insulin Resistance and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Rong-Tsung Lin | Huei-Chin Pai | ... | Shih-Liang Chang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 436315
  • - Research Article

Proteomic Analysis of the Effect of Acupuncture on the Suppression of Kainic Acid-Induced Neuronal Destruction in Mouse Hippocampus

Chang-Hwan Bae | Dong-Soo Kim | ... | Seung-Tae Kim
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 545707
  • - Research Article

Research on Effects of the Thermal Stimulation by Moxibustion at Different Temperatures on Cardiac Function in Rats and on Mast Cells in the Local Site of Moxibustion

Yao-Shuai Wang | Jian-Bin Zhang | ... | Ling-Ling Wang
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