Shi Ping Zhang

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Selenium, an essential trace element, showed the significant protective effects against liver and kidney damage induced by some heavy metals. However, the mechanism how selenium suppresses cadmium (Cd)-induced cytotoxicity remains unclear. In this study, we investigated the protective mechanism of selenium on Cd-induced apoptosis in LLC-PK(1) cells via(More)
Low frequency electroacupuncture, which is commonly used in pain relief, is known to induce opioid-mediated analgesia. This study examined the contribution of the opioid system in mediating the anti-inflammatory effects of low frequency EA in a standard model of acute inflammation, the carrageenan-induced edema model. Carrageenan was injected in the hind(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVES To evaluate the short-term efficacy and safety of electroacupuncture for the treatment of primary insomnia. DESIGN Randomized, single-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group. SETTING A university-based sleep clinic. PARTICIPANTS Community sample of 60 Chinese adult volunteers who report having insomnia 3 or more nights per week,(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVES To evaluate the efficacy and safety of electroacupuncture as an additional treatment for residual insomnia associated with major depressive disorder (MDD). DESIGN Randomized, placebo-controlled. SETTING A psychiatric outpatient clinic. PARTICIPANTS 78 Chinese patients with DSM-IV-diagnosed MDD, insomnia complaint, a Hamilton Rating(More)
Extensive studies have indicated that the apoptosis pathway appears to be associated with intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) production in cadmium-induced nephrotoxicity, however, the precise cellular mechanism remains unclear. The purpose of this study was to determine the relationships between the activation of phosphorylated c-jun N-terminal(More)
Auricular acupuncture has been used for various autonomic disorders in clinical practice. It has been theorized that different auricular areas have distinct influence on autonomic functions. The present study aims to examine the effects of acupuncture stimulation at different auricular areas on cardiovascular and gastric responses. In male Sprague-Dawley(More)
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) treatments are often prescribed based on individuals' pattern diagnoses. A systematic review of randomized controlled trials in Chinese and English literatures on TCM pattern-based treatment for depression has therefore been conducted. A total of 61 studies, 2504 subjects, and 27 TCM patterns were included. Due to the(More)
Previous randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have shown that acupuncture may be efficacious for insomnia. Instead of needling, acupressure, reflexology, and auricular acupressure are procedures involving physical pressure on acupoints or reflex areas. These variants of acupuncture are gaining popularity, perhaps due to their non-invasive nature. A(More)
Each of the genomic sequences of Methanosarcina acetivorans, Methanosarcina mazei, and Methanosarcina thermophila revealed two homologs of mtaA, three homologs of mtaB, and three homologs of mtaC encoding enzymes specific for methanogenesis from methanol. Two-dimensional gel electrophoretic analyses of polypeptides from M. thermophila established that(More)
OBJECTIVES Previous reviews regarding traditional needle acupuncture (TNA) treatment for insomnia were limited to English scientific literature. A comprehensive review including Chinese and English literature has therefore been conducted to examine the efficacy of TNA for insomnia. METHODS We performed systematic review of randomized controlled trials(More)