Japan has faced problems of declining birth rate and aging. Acupuncture has gained popularity among the various complementary medicines available and many go privately to have acupuncture while undergoing in vitro fertilization(IVF). Although acupuncture has gained increasing popularity in the management of infertility, its effectiveness has remained controversial.Whether it is benetifical in terms of improvimg the live birth rate in IVF still remains subject to further well constructed randomized controlled studies.
Obesity, defined as an excess of body fat, is a growing public health crisis that is associated with the development of many disorders, including type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease . Menopause causes a deterioration of lipid metabolism and increases the tendency to obesity. Ovariectomized mice have been used to study changes in postmenopause metabolism and reported to gain weight due to changes in lipid metabolism, as do menopausal women. Alzheimer's disease is associated with the unprecedented aging tendency in our world population and has become a significant health issue. In addition to a rapid acceleration of the aging progress, Alzheimer's disease is a severe affliction in patients and a heavy burden on their families and society.
Prevention of obesity and Alzheimer's disease becomes a largest matter of concern not only for medicine but also for health economics.We conclude that the partnership between acupuncture and conventional medicine is an effective treatment for obesity and Alzheimer's disease.
[Background] Presenteeism, defined as the practice of sick workers who come to work, and whose work performance effectiveness has been reduced due to various signs and symptoms, causes a significant financial loss to companies. However, comprehensive and effective occupational health countermeasures have not yet been presented. Therefore, we report here the results of an interim analysis to determine whether an allowance for acupuncture treatment is beneficial for workers' presenteeism.
[Methods] A four-week randomized intergroup comparative study was conducted on office workers who were aware of their presenteeism. Participants were allocated to either the control group, in which regular recommended presenteeism countermeasures for each workplace were implemented arbitrarily, or to the intervention group in which an allowance of up to 8,000 was given for acupuncture treatment, in addition to the usual arbitrary measures. The primary endpoint was the WHO-HPQ relative presenteeism score: a score lower than 1 indicates lower work performance; and it was analyzed with the "full analysis set" population.
[Results] A total of 52 patients were assigned to the intervention group (n = 30) and the control group (n = 22). On average, the intervention group received acupuncture treatments 1.4 times for stiff neck and shoulders (67%), lower back pain (26%), depression (5%), and allergies (2%), and paid a total of 7,219; and 6,556 was paid as an expense allowance. As a result, the relative presenteeism score was 0.95 in the intervention group, compared to 0.91 in the control group, with a between-group difference of 0.04 (ES (r) = 0.22, P = 0.12).
[Conclusions] With a total of up to 8,000 offered to office workers who were aware of their presenteeism, an acupuncture treatment allowance for a four-week period was provided 1.4 times on average. The results suggested that the treatment allowance would increase workers' performance efficiency by about 4% (equivalent to 19,691 per person) compared to those without it.
[Introduction] Acupuncture has been used in patients with functional digestive symptoms. Acupuncture treatment was used on a patient with upper stomach pain and feeling of fullness accompanied by pain in knee, neck and shoulders. Details of the clinical experience have been written in this brief report and shows improvement in gastric symptoms and increase of normogastria in gastric electrical activities by acupuncture treatment.
[Case] A 73 year-old female patient, who was 148 cm tall and 51 kg in weight, complained of some chronic pain at the first medical examination. However, in the 24th treatment, the patient complained of severe stomach pain and feeling of fullness accompanied by 36 points on the gastrointestinal symptom rating scale (GSRS). Therefore, electrogastrograms (EGG) were recorded, as a noninvasive clinical evaluation of gastric function, at 15 minutes before and after the 30th treatment for 10 minutes using the retaining needle technique at bilateral ST36 and
[Result] The decrease of GSRS showed improvement of gastric symptoms by acupuncture treatment. After treatment, the percentage of normogastria in EGG increased to 71% from 58%, thus stabilizing the
increase in power spectra.
[Discussion] It has been suggested that the increase of nomogastria in EGGs show an improvement of gastric symptoms. Moreover, the patient was told about the positive changes in EGG by an acupuncturist, and explaining that the acupuncture treatment seemed to improve clinical symptoms. Thus, acupuncture treatment contributed to an improvement of symptoms in a patient with stomach pain and feeling of fullness.
[Conclusion] Acupuncture treatment induced an increase in percentage of normogastria in EGG power and resulted in an improvement in gastric symptoms of a patient with upper stomach pain and feeling of fullness.
[Objective] Peripheral facial paralysis with sequelae (PFPS) reduces the quality of life (QOL) of patients. However, not much information is available on acupuncture treatment (AT) for PFPS. We report a case of a patient with PFPS whose sequelae and QOL were successfully improved by a combination of medication, physical therapy (PT) and AT.
[Case] A 42-year-old woman. Her chief complaint was facial tightness, facial asymmetry, and synkinesis.
[History of present illness] Left paralysis developed in November X-1, and Bell's palsy was diagnosed. Yanagihara Score (YS) was 6 points. She received intravenous steroid treatment during hospitalization for 9 days after second week after onset. In addition, she was given facial nerve decompression on January 24, X. but there was
no change. Subsequently, she visited the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, The University of Tokyo on 24 April. Electroneurography was 4%, YS was16 points and synkinesis was found. AT was started from May 29, X.
[Acupuncture treatment] We performed AT on muscle for facial expression for contractural reduction. Also, we
instructed self-care techniques such as massage, open-eyelid exercise, individual muscle strengthening exercise and matters that require attention in everyday life. AT was performed 19 times, once every one to two weeks.
[Assessment and Progress] Measurements of YS, synkinesis, synkinetic potential (SP), Facial Clinimetric Evaluation Scale (FS) were evaluated at about 7 and 15 months after onset. YS (point) changed from 24 to 34, synkinesis changed from (++) to (+), SP did not change, FS (point) increased from 41 to 57.
[Discussion and Conclusion] Treatment for PFPS is limited and reduces QOL. We added regular acupuncture treatment to medication and PT for PFPS. As a result, we were able to relieve sequelae, contributing to improvement in the quality of life. It is suggested that AT might have efficacy for PFPS.
The Annual Conference and the 40th Anniversary of China Association of Acupuncture-Moxibustion was held in Hubei Wuhan City, China for three days from August 16th to 18th, 2019. This meeting was held every two years in China, and more than 2,000 participants gathered each time.
The World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies (WFAS) supported it, and held an acupuncture pre-training seminar, in which the acupuncture and moxibustion situation of several countries was presented and a demonstration of their practical skills were shown on the first day. To achieve such purposes, representatives from six countries (China, United States, Korea, Netherlands, Iran, and Japan) were invited by WFAS. The theme was "Feature of acupuncture in own country style". I gave a presentation about the history of acupuncture and moxibustion in Japan and emphasized that "palpation" is a special characteristic of the Japanese style. Especially, I introduced Japanese style pulse diagnosis and palpation of the abdomen, back, and meridians. Moreover, I demonstrated a cosmetic facial acupuncture technique based on meridian therapy, which is gaining in popularity in Japan. On the next day, I gave a lecture and presented a practical skill of Japanese cosmetic facial beauty acupuncture for the Chinese Evidence Thumbtack Needle Society.