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Recent Research

Case Study: Acupuncture Helps Patient Recover Sense of Smell

Acupuncture Reduces Heart Rate in Sitting Patients

Case Study: Chinese Herb Useful for Severe Hepatitis


Case Study: Acupuncture Helps Patient Recover Sense of Smell

Michael W. Anosmia treated with acupuncture. Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society 21(4):153-4.

This is a report detailing the successful treatment of a case of anosmia with acupuncture. The patient was managed conventionally for two years with no sign of improvement. She regained the sense of smell following one session of acupuncture. Such patients should be investigated for any detectable organic cause prior to treatment with acupuncture.


Acupuncture Reduces Heart Rate in Sitting Patients

Imai K, et al. Comparison of transient heart rate reduction associated with acupuncture stimulation in supine and sitting subjects. Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society 21(4):133-7.

The authors investigated the difference in transient heart rate reduction associated with brief acupuncture in 20 healthy subjects at rest in a supine and in a sitting position.

After the subjects had been at rest for about 20 minutes, the authors performed acupuncture needling using the sparrow-pecking method, in which the needle is moved vertically lifting and thrusting, for one minute at the Shousanli point on the right forearm (LI10). The procedure was carried out with the subjects in a supine position and in a sitting position. The position for stimulation of each subject, either supine or sitting, was selected at random, and on different days.

The results showed that the average heart rate reduction associated with stimulation in supine subjects was 3.6 +/- 0.19 beats per minute (bpm), while that for sitting subjects was about 7.0 +/- 1.07 bpm, indicating that stimulation reduces heart rate to a greater degree in subjects who are sitting. These results would be consistent with a mechanism involving reduced sympathetic drive to the heart, as sympathetic nerve activity has more influence on the heart rate in the sitting than in the supine position.


Case Study: Chinese Herb Useful for Severe Hepatitis

Arai M, et al. A case of severe acute hepatitis of unknown etiology treated with the Chinese herbal medicine Inchinko-to. Hepatology Research: The Official Journal of the Japan Society of Hepatology 28(3):161-165.

The authors treated a prolonged severe hepatitis of unknown etiology with Inchinko-to, a Chinese herbal medicine, and this case is herein described. Inchinko-to was given with ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) and glycyrrhizin. The improvement in the patient's liver function seemed to accelerate after the treatment, especially after stopping the administration of kanamycin sulfate, which might possibly inhibit the conversion of geniposide, one of the constituents of Inchinko-to, to an active ingredient through the suppression of the bacterial growth in intestinal flora, suggesting the usefulness of Inchinko-to for treatment of severe hepatitis.

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