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Analgesic effects of balanced acupuncture versus body acupuncture in low-back and leg pain patients with lumbar disc herniation, as assessed by resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging.

Ye Y, Liu B - Neural Regen Res (2012)

Bottom Line: Balanced acupuncture, a single-acupoint balance therapy, regulates the balance of the cerebral center, and is characterized by exerting quick effects and a short treatment course.Functional connectivity in brain regions that were strongly associated with the bilateral amygdala was analyzed utilizing AFNI software.This result indicates that the analgesic effects of body acupuncture do not work through the central nervous system.

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Affiliation: Department of Image, Guangdong Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou 518100, Guangdong Province, China.

ABSTRACT
Balanced acupuncture, a single-acupoint balance therapy, regulates the balance of the cerebral center, and is characterized by exerting quick effects and a short treatment course. A total of 20 low-back and leg pain patients with lumbar disc herniation were treated with balanced acupuncture or body acupuncture. Central mechanisms of varied acupunctures were compared using resting-state functional MRI. Patients from both groups received functional MRI before and after acupuncture. Functional connectivity in brain regions that were strongly associated with the bilateral amygdala was analyzed utilizing AFNI software. Visual analogue scale scores were greater in the balanced acupuncture group compared with the body acupuncture group. Function of the endogenous pain regulation network was enhanced in patients in the balanced acupuncture group, but was not changed in the body acupuncture group. This result indicates that the analgesic effects of body acupuncture do not work through the central nervous system. These data suggest that balanced acupuncture exerts analgesic effects on low-back and leg pain patients with lumbar disc herniation by regulating the function of the endogenous pain regulation network.

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Image of brain functional connectivity in low-back and leg pain patients with lumbar disc herniation following balanced acupuncture. Bilateral amygdala served as a seed point. R: Right; L: left.
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Figure 1: Image of brain functional connectivity in low-back and leg pain patients with lumbar disc herniation following balanced acupuncture. Bilateral amygdala served as a seed point. R: Right; L: left.

Mentions: A one-sample t-test demonstrated that the mean VAS score was greater in the balanced acupuncture group than that in the body acupuncture group (P < 0.05).


Analgesic effects of balanced acupuncture versus body acupuncture in low-back and leg pain patients with lumbar disc herniation, as assessed by resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging.

Ye Y, Liu B - Neural Regen Res (2012)

Image of brain functional connectivity in low-back and leg pain patients with lumbar disc herniation following balanced acupuncture. Bilateral amygdala served as a seed point. R: Right; L: left.
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Figure 1: Image of brain functional connectivity in low-back and leg pain patients with lumbar disc herniation following balanced acupuncture. Bilateral amygdala served as a seed point. R: Right; L: left.
Mentions: A one-sample t-test demonstrated that the mean VAS score was greater in the balanced acupuncture group than that in the body acupuncture group (P < 0.05).

Bottom Line: Balanced acupuncture, a single-acupoint balance therapy, regulates the balance of the cerebral center, and is characterized by exerting quick effects and a short treatment course.Functional connectivity in brain regions that were strongly associated with the bilateral amygdala was analyzed utilizing AFNI software.This result indicates that the analgesic effects of body acupuncture do not work through the central nervous system.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Image, Guangdong Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou 518100, Guangdong Province, China.

ABSTRACT
Balanced acupuncture, a single-acupoint balance therapy, regulates the balance of the cerebral center, and is characterized by exerting quick effects and a short treatment course. A total of 20 low-back and leg pain patients with lumbar disc herniation were treated with balanced acupuncture or body acupuncture. Central mechanisms of varied acupunctures were compared using resting-state functional MRI. Patients from both groups received functional MRI before and after acupuncture. Functional connectivity in brain regions that were strongly associated with the bilateral amygdala was analyzed utilizing AFNI software. Visual analogue scale scores were greater in the balanced acupuncture group compared with the body acupuncture group. Function of the endogenous pain regulation network was enhanced in patients in the balanced acupuncture group, but was not changed in the body acupuncture group. This result indicates that the analgesic effects of body acupuncture do not work through the central nervous system. These data suggest that balanced acupuncture exerts analgesic effects on low-back and leg pain patients with lumbar disc herniation by regulating the function of the endogenous pain regulation network.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus