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Aging of the autonomic nervous system and possible improvements in autonomic activity using somatic afferent stimulation
  • H. Hotta, S. Uchida
  • Medicine, Psychology
    Geriatrics & gerontology international
  • 1 July 2010
There are significant age‐related changes in autonomic nervous system function that are responsible for an impaired ability to adapt to environmental or intrinsic visceral stimuli in the elderly and data on strategies to improve function are reviewed.
Afferent nerve fibers and acupuncture
Functional properties of afferent fibers supplying reproductive and other pelvic organs in pelvic nerve of female rat.
Responses of afferent fibers in pelvic nerve of adult, virgin female rats to mechanical or chemical stimulation of internal reproductive organs and to mechanical stimulation of other pelvic organs may exert their primary function during reproductive conditions different from those of virgin rats, such as parturition.
The effects of aging on the rat bladder and its innervation.
In this study, aging was shown to be associated with a large increase in bladder volume and a reduced sensitivity of pelvic nerve afferents to volume, and a Reduced ability to raise bladder pressure during contraction of bladder smooth muscle.
Manual acupuncture needle stimulation of the rat hindlimb activates groups I, II, III and IV single afferent nerve fibers in the dorsal spinal roots.
It was concluded that manual acupuncture needle stimulation to the hindlimbs activated afferent nerve fibers belonging to all four groups of afferents in rats, and it is suggested that all three groups of somaticAfferents activated by manual acupuncture stimulation will elicit various effects when action potentials are delivered to the central nervous system.