Acupuncture and Immunity

  title={Acupuncture and Immunity},
  author={Fengxia Liang and Edwin Cooper and Hua Wang and Xianghong Jing and Juan G. Quispe-Cabanillas and Tetsuya Kondo},
  journal={Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine : eCAM},
  • F. Liang, E. Cooper, T. Kondo
  • Published 5 August 2015
  • Medicine, Biology
  • Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine : eCAM
As a traditional therapy applied for thousands of years, acupuncture has recently been attracting more and more investigators throughout the world. In the theory of traditional Chinese medicine, it is proposed that acupuncture can strengthen the human body to resist diseases by puncturing needles at certain points. The characteristic that acupuncture enhances resistance is closely related with the immune system, which functions in defense, homeostasis, and surveillance. More and more research… 
The effect of acupuncture on tumor growth and gut microbiota in mice inoculated with osteosarcoma cells
Acupuncture treatment can delay tumor growth and changes of intestinal bacteria in osteosarcoma tumor-burdened mice, suggesting that acupuncture may provide a systemic treatment for cancer.
Advantages of anti-inflammatory acupuncture in treating sepsis of coronavirus disease 2019
Acupuncture, especially electroacupuncture, has shown potentials in effectively treating infectious sepsis of animal models and critically ill patients in small sample studies by stimulating the nervous system, but has been largely overlooked in the clinic so far.
Effects of acupuncture on pain and levels of IL-17 and IL-23 in the treatment of non-thermal endovenous ablation: A randomized clinical trial
Acupuncture is effective on acute pain and level of IL-23 in the treatment of endovenous ablation using cyanoacrylate, and there was no difference between men; there was a difference between women.
A scoping review of conventional and laser acupuncture as a modality of treatment for migraine
The present evidence indicates that acupuncture may provide symptomatic relief and improvement in quality of life among migraine patients and has a promising role as an adjuvant to conventional drug therapy.
Electroacupuncture at Guanyuan (CV 4), Zusanli (ST 36) and Baihui (DU 20) regulate the aging-related changes in gene expression profile of the hippocampus in sub-acutely aging rats
The cDNA microarray data first compared and analyzed the differences of gene expression profile in the hippocampus of rats in different groups, which contribute to the knowledge on the molecular mechanisms of EA towards sub-acutely aging.
Increase in the Th1-Cell-Based Immune Response in Healthy Workers Exposed to Low-Dose Radiation - Immune System Status of Radiology Staff
Exposure to low-dose ionizing radiation may decrease the prevalence, frequency, and recurrence of various cancers and infectious diseases because of an increase in Th1-cell-based response, thus leading to more protection of the human body against tumor cells and foreign agents and possibly increased longevity.


Acupuncture and moxibustion in the treatment of ulcerative colitis: A randomized controlled study
Both traditional and sham acupuncture seem to offer an additional therapeutic benefit in patients with mild to moderately active UC, with differences in efficacy only for CAI as the main outcome measure.
Traditional acupuncture triggers a local increase in adenosine in human subjects.
Acupuncture and Moxibustion in the Treatment of Active Crohn’s Disease: A Randomized Controlled Study
Apart from a marked placebo effect, traditional acupuncture offers an additional therapeutic benefit in patients with mild to moderately active Crohn’s disease.
[Therapeutic effect of acupuncture on allergic rhinitis and its effects on immunologic function].
Acupuncture and auricular pressing therapy in improvement of symptoms and signs are better than the medication, and the therapeutic effect is carried out by inhibiting the differentiation from Th cells to Th2 cells, adjusting the imbalance of Th1/Th2 cells and decrease the synthesis of IgE to inhibit allergic rhinitis.
The Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Acupuncture and Their Relevance to Allergic Rhinitis: A Narrative Review and Proposed Model
Acupuncture may exert anti-inflammatory effects through a complex neuro-endocrino-immunological network of actions which are of direct relevance to allergic rhinitis; however, more research is needed to elucidate specifically how immune mechanisms might be modulated by acupuncture in allergic Rhinitis.
Adenosine A1 receptors mediate local anti-nociceptive effects of acupuncture
Observations indicate that adenosine mediates the effects of acupuncture and that interfering withAdenosine metabolism may prolong the clinical benefit of acupuncture.
Electro-acupuncture at acupoint ST36 reduces inflammation and regulates immune activity in Collagen-Induced Arthritic Mice
Electro-acupuncture at ST36 significantly reduced CIA incidence, IL-6, TNF-a, INF-γ, collagen II antibody, IgG and IgM levels in CIA mice serum and prevented knee joint destruction.
The Neuroprotective Role of Acupuncture and Activation of the BDNF Signaling Pathway
The purpose of this article is to review the recent findings and ongoing studies on the neuroprotective roles of acupuncture and therapeutic implications of acupuncture-induced activation of BDNF and its signaling pathway.
Neural Acupuncture Unit: A New Concept for Interpreting Effects and Mechanisms of Acupuncture
The introduction of the conception of NAU provides a new theoretical approach to interpreting effects and mechanisms of acupuncture in modern biomedical knowledge framework.
The Effectiveness of Acupuncture Compared to Loratadine in Patients Allergic to House Dust Mites
The results of the study show that the effectiveness of acupuncture is comparable to that of loratadine, and the probability of an immunomodulatory effect is indicated.