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Article: Neurobiological foundations of acupuncture: The relevance and future prospect based on neuroimaging evidence

TitleNeurobiological foundations of acupuncture: The relevance and future prospect based on neuroimaging evidence
Authors
Issue Date2013
PublisherHindawi Publishing Corporation. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/
Citation
Evidence-Based Complementary And Alternative Medicine, 2013, v. 2013 How to Cite?
AbstractAcupuncture is currently gaining popularity as an important modality of alternative and complementary medicine in the western world. Modern neuroimaging techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging, positron emission tomography, and magnetoencephalography open a window into the neurobiological foundations of acupuncture. In this review, we have summarized evidence derived from neuroimaging studies and tried to elucidate both neurophysiological correlates and key experimental factors involving acupuncture. Converging evidence focusing on acute effects of acupuncture has revealed significant modulatory activities at widespread cerebrocerebellar brain regions. Given the delayed effect of acupuncture, block-designed analysis may produce bias, and acupuncture shared a common feature that identified voxels that coded the temporal dimension for which multiple levels of their dynamic activities in concert cause the processing of acupuncture. Expectation in acupuncture treatment has a physiological effect on the brain network, which may be heterogeneous from acupuncture mechanism. "Deqi" response, bearing clinical relevance and association with distinct nerve fibers, has the specific neurophysiology foundation reflected by neural responses to acupuncture stimuli. The type of sham treatment chosen is dependent on the research question asked and the type of acupuncture treatment to be tested. Due to the complexities of the therapeutic mechanisms of acupuncture, using multiple controls is an optimal choice. © 2013 Lijun Bai and Lixing Lao.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/188668
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.931
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.615
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dc.contributor.authorLao, Len_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-09-03T04:10:58Z-
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dc.date.issued2013en_US
dc.identifier.citationEvidence-Based Complementary And Alternative Medicine, 2013, v. 2013en_US
dc.identifier.issn1741-427Xen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/188668-
dc.description.abstractAcupuncture is currently gaining popularity as an important modality of alternative and complementary medicine in the western world. Modern neuroimaging techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging, positron emission tomography, and magnetoencephalography open a window into the neurobiological foundations of acupuncture. In this review, we have summarized evidence derived from neuroimaging studies and tried to elucidate both neurophysiological correlates and key experimental factors involving acupuncture. Converging evidence focusing on acute effects of acupuncture has revealed significant modulatory activities at widespread cerebrocerebellar brain regions. Given the delayed effect of acupuncture, block-designed analysis may produce bias, and acupuncture shared a common feature that identified voxels that coded the temporal dimension for which multiple levels of their dynamic activities in concert cause the processing of acupuncture. Expectation in acupuncture treatment has a physiological effect on the brain network, which may be heterogeneous from acupuncture mechanism. "Deqi" response, bearing clinical relevance and association with distinct nerve fibers, has the specific neurophysiology foundation reflected by neural responses to acupuncture stimuli. The type of sham treatment chosen is dependent on the research question asked and the type of acupuncture treatment to be tested. Due to the complexities of the therapeutic mechanisms of acupuncture, using multiple controls is an optimal choice. © 2013 Lijun Bai and Lixing Lao.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherHindawi Publishing Corporation. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/en_US
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dc.titleNeurobiological foundations of acupuncture: The relevance and future prospect based on neuroimaging evidenceen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailLao, L: lxlao1@hku.hken_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1155/2013/812568en_US
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dc.identifier.volume2013en_US
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dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_US
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