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Aims and Scope

The Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies (JAMS) is a bimonthly, peer-reviewed and open access journal. JAMS aims to disseminate evidence-based scientific findings on the acupuncture and meridian to to researchers, clinicians, and engineers in the complementary and alternative medicine, and other health-related fields. JAMS publish scientific and technological studies on the biomedical, clinical, and humanities and social science aspects of acupuncture and meridians.

The journal welcomes the original articles on the acupuncture and related approaches including manual acupuncture, acupressure, electroacupuncture, laser acupuncture, moxibustion and cupping, pharmacopuncture and veterinary acupuncture. Articles on general health science and other modalities, such as anthroposophy, ayurveda, bioelectromagnetic therapy, chiropractic, herbology (herbal medicine), homeopathy, neural therapy and meditation, are also eligible for consideration if the articles are related to acupuncture and meridian studies.

The journal is indexed in MedLine/PubMed/Index Medicus, Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), SCOPUS, ScienceDirect, EMBASE, CINAHL Plus, Google Scholar, DOAJ, Korea Citation Index (KCI), SHERPA/RoMEO, EZB, and Research Bible. Its abbreviated title is J Acupunct Meridian Stud. This journal was supported by the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies (KOFST) grant funded by the Korean Government (Ministry of Education).

JAMS is an open access journal: JAMS is supported by Medical Association of Pharmacopuncture Institute for Article Publishing Charge (APC). There is no charge to publish in this journal. Therefore, all articles will be immediately and permanently free for everyone to read and download. All articles published by Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without registration barriers.


Scope

Acupuncture and Related Approaches (Acupressure, Electroacupuncture, Laser Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Cupping, Veterinary Acupuncture)
Meridian
Pharmacopuncture

JAMS Classification

  • 10 Biomedical Science
    10 Biomedical Science 10.1 Meridian (general)
    10.2 Acupuncture 10.2.1 Acupressure
    10.2.2 Auricular acupuncture/acupressure
    10.2.3 Electroacupuncture
    10.2.4 Laser acupuncture
    10.2.5 Pharmacopuncture
    10.2.6 TENS
    10.2.99 Other acupuncture-related techniques
    10.3 Moxibustion
    10.4 Anatomy
    10.5 Pathology
    10.6 Pharmacology
    10.7 Physiology
    10.8 Molecular and cell biology
    10.9 Biotechnology
    10.10 Biochemistry
    10.11 Herbal medicine
    10.12 Toxicology
    10.13 Brain and neuroscience
    10.14 Liver and hepatology
    10.15 Heart and cardiovascular system
    10.16 Stomach, intestine and digestive system
    10.17 Lung and pulmonary system
    10.18 Kidney and urinary system
    10.19 Imaging
    10.20 Animal disease model
    10.99 Others
  • 20 Clinical Science
    20 Clinical Science 20.1 Accident and emergency medicine
    20.2 Acupuncture 20.2.1 Acupressure
    20.2.2 Auricular acupuncture/acupressure
    20.2.3 Manual acupuncture
    20.2.4 Electroacupuncture
    20.2.5 Laser acupuncture
    20.2.6 TENS
    20.2.7 Pharmacopuncture
    20.2.99 Other acupuncture-related techniques
    20.3 Anaesthetics
    20.4 Autoimmune disease
    20.5 Cancer
    20.6 Cardiovascular disease
    20.7 Cerebrovascular disease
    20.8 Dermatological disease
    20.9 Diabetes
    20.10 Endocrinology
    20.11 Epidemiology
    20.12 Gastroenterology
    20.13 Genetourinary medicine
    20.14 Genetics
    20.15 Geriatric medicine
    20.16 Haematology
    20.17 Health economics
    20.18 Health services research
    20.19 Hepatology
    20.20 Herbal medicine
    20.21 HIV and AIDS
    20.22 Immunology
    20.23 Infectious diseases
    20.24 Intentive and critical care
    20.25 Internal medicine
    20.26 Moxibustion
    20.27 Myofascial pain
    20.28 Neonatology
    20.29 Nephrology
    20.30 Neurology 20.30.1 Dementia
    20.30.2 Epilepsy
    20.30.3 Migraine
    20.30.4 Multiple sclerosis
    20.30.5 Neurological pain
    20.30.6 Neuromuscular disease
    20.30.7 Neuroradiology
    20.30.8 Parkinson's disease
    20.30.9 Stroke
    20.31 Nursing
    20.32 Obstetrics and gynaecology
    20.33 Ophthalmology
    20.34 Orthopaedics 20.34.1 Back pain
    20.34.2 Bone diseases
    20.34.3 Joints
    20.34.4 Musculoskeletal disorders
    20.34.5 Orthopaedic sports trauma
    20.34.6 Paediatric orthopaedics
    20.34.7 Spine
    20.35 Otolaryngology
    20.36 Paediatrics
    20.37 Pain medicine
    20.38 Primary care
    20.39 Palliative care
    20.40 Psychiatry 20.40.1 Anxiety disorders
    20.40.2 Depression and mood disorders
    20.40.3 Schizophrenia and psychotic disorders
    20.40.4 Substance misuse
    20.41 Psychology
    20.42 Public health
    20.43 Radiology and imaging
    20.44 Rehabilitation medicine
    20.45 Respiratory disease
    20.46 Rheumatology
    20.47 Sexual medicine
    20.48 Sleep medicine
    20.49 Social medicine
    20.50 Sports medicine
    20.51 Statistics and research methods
    20.52 Systematic reviews and meta-analyses
    20.53 Toxicology
    20.54 Transplant medicine and surgery
    20.55 Trauma management
    20.56 Tropical medicine
    20.57 Ultrasonography
    20.58 Urology
    20.59 Wound management
    20.99 Others
  • 30 Veterinary Medical Science
    30 Veterinary Medical Science 30.1 Acupressure
    30.2 Acupuncture
    30.3 Animal diseases
    30.4 Electroacupuncture
    30.5 Food therapy
    30.6 Herbal medicine
    30.7 Laser acupuncture
    30.8 Moxibustion
    30.9 Palliative care
    30.10 Pharmacopuncture
    30.11 Rehabiliation
    30.99 Others
  • 40 Humanities and Social Science
    40 Humanities and Social Science 40.1 History, society and culture
    40.2 Regulations
    40.3 Education
    40.4 Theory
    40.99 Others
  • 90 Others (Miscellaneous)
    90 Others (Miscellaneous) 90.1 Anthroposophy
    90.2 Aromatherapy
    90.3 Ayurveda
    90.4 Bioelectricomagnetic therapy
    90.5 Biophoton
    90.6 Chiropractic
    90.7 Meditation
    90.8 Neural therapy
    90.99 Others

Journal Info

JOURNAL OF MICROBIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY
Vol.16 No.6
December, 2023

pISSN 2005-2901
eISSN 2093-8152

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  • Perspective Article2022-08-31

    Correlation Between the Sinew Channels with the Myofascial System, Pathology, and Treatment

    Pablo Nava Jaimes*, Alejandro Martínez Reyes, Daniel García Lara, Abel Cristian Patiño Coyuca
    J Acupunct Meridian Stud 2022; 15(4): 201-213 https://doi.org/10.51507/j.jams.2022.15.4.201

    The sinew channels are a tendon and muscle network, and their description is based on the observation presented on the Huangdi Neijing Ling Shu. However, the myofascial system is an uninterrupted series of connective tissue that is comprised of layers that run in different directions. The similarities on these pathways are compared, such as a brief description on the myofascial pain syndrome and its similitude with the Impediment disorder from the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Furthermore, we discuss the treatment of these conditions from a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective.

  • Research Article2022-04-30

    Trigger Point Acupuncture and Exercise for Chronic Low Back Pain in Older Adult: a Preliminary Randomized Clinical Trial

    Yoichi Minakawa1,2,*, Shogo Miyazaki1,2, Hideaki Waki1,2, Naruto Yoshida1,2, Kaori Iimura3, Kazunori Itoh4
    J Acupunct Meridian Stud 2022; 15(2): 143-151 https://doi.org/10.51507/j.jams.2022.15.2.143
    Abstract

    Background: Exercise therapy is the first choice non-pharmacotherapeutic approach for musculoskeletal pain; however, it often interferes with the implementation and continuation of exercise due to fear-avoidance behaviors. Trigger point acupuncture (TrPAcp) has been reported to reduce musculoskeletal pain.Objectives: To examine the efficacy of exercise combined with TrPAcp compared to exercise alone for older patients with chronic low back pain (CLBP), the most common subjective symptom reported by old people of both sexes in Japan.Methods: In this single-center randomized controlled trial conducted at Teikyo Heisei University, 15 men and women aged ≥ 65 years with low back pain for at least 3 months who met the eligibility criteria were included. The Ex+TrPAcp group received exercise and trigger point acupuncture, while the Ex group received only exercise for 3 months. The main outcome, pain intensity, was measured using the numerical rating scale (NRS). Improvement was defined as a decrease in NRS of ≥ 2 or less than moderate (NRS < 4).Results: The analysis included 7 of 8 cases in the Ex+TrPAcp group and 7 of 7 cases in the Ex group. NRS improved in 6 of 7 and 1 of 7 patients in the intervention and control groups, respectively, with a significant difference between groups (p = 0.03, φ = 0.71). Regarding adverse events due to acupuncture, one patient (14.3%) complained of heaviness after acupuncture. Nothing specific was reported with exercise.Conclusion: Compared with Ex alone, Ex+TrPAcp may be more effective therapy for older people with CLBP who do not have an exercise habit.

  • Brief Report2022-12-31

    Acupuncture Treatment of a Patient with Bradycardia and Idioventricular Rhythm

    Oksana Strakhova*, Alexey Ryzhov*
    J Acupunct Meridian Stud 2022; 15(6): 356-360 https://doi.org/10.51507/j.jams.2022.15.6.356
    Abstract

    A patient with bradycardia and an idioventricular rhythm was observed. According to cardiologists, there is no reliable drug treatment for bradycardia with an idioventricular rhythm; instead, the sole treatment is a pacemaker. In the course of this case, it was shown that acupuncture can restore the heart rhythm from bradycardia to normocardia, and from idioventricular with third-degree atrioventricular node block and an average heart rate of 34 BPM, to normal sinus rhythm with a heart rate of 71 BPM. Additionally, at the end of the treatment, the patient’s number of episodes of ventricular extrasystole decreased 36 times (3289 versus 91 episodes). These results show that research on this technique should be continued.

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  • Perspective Article2022-08-31

    Correlation Between the Sinew Channels with the Myofascial System, Pathology, and Treatment

    Pablo Nava Jaimes*, Alejandro Martínez Reyes, Daniel García Lara, Abel Cristian Patiño Coyuca
    J Acupunct Meridian Stud 2022; 15(4): 201-213 https://doi.org/10.51507/j.jams.2022.15.4.201

    The sinew channels are a tendon and muscle network, and their description is based on the observation presented on the Huangdi Neijing Ling Shu. However, the myofascial system is an uninterrupted series of connective tissue that is comprised of layers that run in different directions. The similarities on these pathways are compared, such as a brief description on the myofascial pain syndrome and its similitude with the Impediment disorder from the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Furthermore, we discuss the treatment of these conditions from a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective.

  • Research Article2022-04-30

    Trigger Point Acupuncture and Exercise for Chronic Low Back Pain in Older Adult: a Preliminary Randomized Clinical Trial

    Yoichi Minakawa1,2,*, Shogo Miyazaki1,2, Hideaki Waki1,2, Naruto Yoshida1,2, Kaori Iimura3, Kazunori Itoh4
    J Acupunct Meridian Stud 2022; 15(2): 143-151 https://doi.org/10.51507/j.jams.2022.15.2.143
    Abstract

    Background: Exercise therapy is the first choice non-pharmacotherapeutic approach for musculoskeletal pain; however, it often interferes with the implementation and continuation of exercise due to fear-avoidance behaviors. Trigger point acupuncture (TrPAcp) has been reported to reduce musculoskeletal pain.Objectives: To examine the efficacy of exercise combined with TrPAcp compared to exercise alone for older patients with chronic low back pain (CLBP), the most common subjective symptom reported by old people of both sexes in Japan.Methods: In this single-center randomized controlled trial conducted at Teikyo Heisei University, 15 men and women aged ≥ 65 years with low back pain for at least 3 months who met the eligibility criteria were included. The Ex+TrPAcp group received exercise and trigger point acupuncture, while the Ex group received only exercise for 3 months. The main outcome, pain intensity, was measured using the numerical rating scale (NRS). Improvement was defined as a decrease in NRS of ≥ 2 or less than moderate (NRS < 4).Results: The analysis included 7 of 8 cases in the Ex+TrPAcp group and 7 of 7 cases in the Ex group. NRS improved in 6 of 7 and 1 of 7 patients in the intervention and control groups, respectively, with a significant difference between groups (p = 0.03, φ = 0.71). Regarding adverse events due to acupuncture, one patient (14.3%) complained of heaviness after acupuncture. Nothing specific was reported with exercise.Conclusion: Compared with Ex alone, Ex+TrPAcp may be more effective therapy for older people with CLBP who do not have an exercise habit.

  • Review Article2022-10-31

    Acupuncture for Osteoporosis: a Review of Its Clinical and Preclinical Studies

    Yimiao Tian1,†, Lili Wang2,†, Tianshu Xu1, Rui Li1, Ruyuan Zhu1, Beibei Chen1, Hao Zhang1, Bingke Xia1, Yiwen Che3, Dandan Zhao1,*, Dongwei Zhang1,*
    J Acupunct Meridian Stud 2022; 15(5): 281-299 https://doi.org/10.51507/j.jams.2022.15.5.281
    Abstract

    Acupuncture has gained growing attention in the management of osteoporosis (OP). However, a comprehensive review has not yet been conducted on the efficacy and challenges of acupuncture in preliminary research and clinical trials. Therefore, an extensive literature search was conducted using electronic databases, including PubMed (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed), CNKI (www.cnki.net), and Web of Science, for studies published from the beginning of 2000 to the end of May 2022. Combinations of synonyms for OP, acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, clinical trial, preclinical study, and animal experiments were searched. A total of 290 papers were consulted, including 115 reviews, 109 clinical observations, and 66 preclinical studies. There is accumulating evidence to support the beneficial role of acupuncture in preserving bone quality and relieving clinical symptoms based on clinical and preclinical investigations. The top ten most commonly used acupoints are BL23, ST36, BL20, BL11, CV4, GV4, SP 6, KI3, BL18, and GB39. The underlying mechanisms behind the benefits of acupuncture may be linked with the regulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (adrenal) axis and activation of the Wnt/β-catenin and OPG/RANKL/RANK signaling pathways. In summary, strong evidence may still come from prospective and well-designed clinical trials to shed light on the potential role of acupuncture in preserving bone loss. Future investigations are needed to explore the potential underlying mechanisms, long-term clinical efficacy, and compliance of acupuncture in OP management.

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