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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
October, 2022
Vol.15 No.5

pISSN 2005-2901
eISSN 2093-8152

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  • Case Report2021-10-31

    Abstract : Hypothyroidism is one of the most common endocrine disorders linked to various systemic diseases ranging from obesity to cancers. The present line of management is insufficient as reports suggest that there is persistence of symptoms and poor adherence that makes the management of said disease challenging. Acupuncture and other Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) therapies are proven to alleviate endocrine dysfunctions. However, reports on acupuncture and cupping therapy on hypothyroidism are very scarce. Here, we report 5 cases of hypothyroid patients aged between 38-44 yrs who were treated with acupuncture and fire cupping for a period of three months. At the baseline, the patients presented with either a weak, wiry or vacuum pulse which represents spleen Qi deficiency. Further, they presented with elevated levels of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), and higher Body Mass Index (BMI). Acupuncture treatment at ST36, LI4, SP6, and BL20 was given bilaterally whilst CV4, LR3, LR4, SP9, ST40, SP10, GV4, KI3, ST12, and SI17 were punctured unilaterally. At the end of the time period of three months, patients progressed to normal levels of TSH, reduction in BMI and had succeeded in tapering their medication doses. Supplementing this, the patients reported marked improvement in other symptoms like fatigue, hair loss, and cold feet post-treatment. The effects were consistent even during the three month follow-up period post-interventions. The results encourage the utilization of acupuncture and fire cupping in the management of hypothyroidism. However, large scale studies are warranted to strengthen this recommendation.

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  • Research Article2021-02-28

    Effect of Remote and Local Acupuncture Points on Periarthritis of Shoulder: A Comparative Study

    Kumaresan Poorna Chandran1,*, Prabu Poorna Chandran2, Naveena Arumugam3, Sendhilkumar Muthappan4

    Abstract : Background: Periarthritis of shoulder is a painful condition of the shoulder, affecting 2-3% of the general population and 20% of diabetic patients. Acupuncture is a widely practiced traditional Chinese medicine. Recent evidence shows that it alleviates shoulder pain with different needling techniques. Objectives: The present study is to compare the efficacy of remote and local points on PAS. Methods: 60 subjects were randomly assigned into two groups, remote acupuncture group (n = 30) and local acupuncture group (n = 30). Both groups were assessed at baseline and at the end of 12 sessions. Shoulder pain and its disability index (SPADI) and (ROM) were measured using goniometer. The intervention was given weekly thrice on alternate days for four weeks with 20 min for each session. Results: The result shows that both remote and local acupuncture points were beneficial in the pain management and rage of motion when compared within the group. The effects of acupuncture at remote acupoints were better than those at local acupoints in SPADI and ROM when compared between two groups. Conclusion: In treatment of periarthritis of shoulder remote acupuncture points may have higher therapeutic value when compared to local points.

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  • Case Report2021-02-28

    Abstract : The present case study illustrates the case of a 47-year-old female (Ms X) with primary progressive Multiple Sclerosis (MS) who presented with central post-stroke pain (CPSP) over her left shoulder and underwent acupuncture treatment (AT) since she appeared irresponsive to conventional treatment. The aim of this case study is to explore the effectiveness of acupuncture as a complimentary treatment in improving central neurogenic pain in MS patients affected by CPSP. AT lasted six weeks, some modification of the conventional AT points was required to ensure continuity and safety of the treatment plan. In fact, Ms X suffered from gingivitis that led to hypersensitivity of her left upper limb (UL) to acupuncture needling; moreover, she experienced sensation loss in her legs as a result of post-stroke complications. The outcome showed that the subject’s shoulder range of motion (ROM), Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH) score and pain improved remarkably, enabling Ms X to resume post-stroke rehabilitation and reduce her analgesic intake.

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  • Research Article2021-04-30

    Abstract : Background: Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a chronic metabolic disease characterized by increased blood sugar levels. The current management of DM to date has a target of controlling blood glucose, but the therapy cannot be separated from long-term drug side effects. Acupuncture can be an option as an adjunct therapy for DM. Objectives: The purpose of this study was to compare the effectiveness between manual acupuncture and laser acupuncture. Methods: This study was a randomized control experimental study with a pretest and posttest design using 24 male Sprague-Dawley rats divided into 4 groups: a normal group, a diabetes group, an acupuncture group, and a laser group. Manual acupuncture and laser acupuncture were performed 6 times in two weeks. Fasting blood glucose (FBG) levels, the cell density of Langerhans islets, and side effects were assessed and compared among the 4 groups. Results: The highest mean cell density of Langerhans islets was found in the laser and acupuncture group, and the lowest was found in the diabetes group. In the post hoc analysis, the normal, acupuncture, and the laser groups had a significantly higher mean cell density than the diabetes group. The lowest mean FBG level was in the laser group, followed by the acupuncture group, and the highest was in the diabetes group, but this difference was not significant. There were no serious side effects from the use of manual acupuncture or laser acupuncture. Conclusion: Both manual acupuncture and laser acupuncture can improve the histological findings of Langerhans islets in type 2 diabetic rats, and both are safe to use.

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  • Research Article2021-12-31

    Effect of Dry Cupping Therapy on Pain and Functional Disability in Persistent Non-Specific Low Back Pain: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial

    Marianna de Melo Salemi1,*, Vanessa Maria da Silva Alves Gomes1, Laylla Marjorye Rebouças Bezerra1, Thania Maion de Souza Melo1, Geisa Guimarães de Alencar1, Iracema Hermes Pires de Mélo Montenegro2, Alessandra Paula de Melo Calado3, Eduardo José Nepomuceno Montenegro1, Gisela Rocha de Siqueira1
    J Acupunct Meridian Stud 2021; 14(6): 219-230 https://doi.org/10.51507/j.jams.2021.14.6.219

    Abstract : Background: Cupping therapy is used to treat musculoskeletal conditions, including low back pain.Objectives: The study assessed the effects of dry cupping on pain and functional disability from persistent nonspecific low back pain. Methods: This was a randomized controlled trial, where participants were allocated to a cupping therapy (n = 19) or sham (n = 18) group, for five 10-minute sessions of cupping therapy, twice a week, to stimulate the acupoints related to low back pain (GV4, BL23, BL24, BL25, and BL30, BL40 and BL58) and emotional aspects (HT3 and ST36). All participants were assessed at baseline, post-treatment and follow up (a finalization period of four weeks) using a visual analogue scale (VAS) and the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI). Groups were compared using the analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) and the effect size was calculated using Cohen̓s d. Results: The cupping therapy group presented a lower mean VAS when compared to the sham, at post-treatment (mean difference: –2.36; standard error [SE]: 0.58; p < 0.001; “large” effect size: –0.94) and follow up (mean difference: –1.71; SE: 0.81; p < 0.042; ‘large’ effect size: –0.83). The cupping therapy group presented a lower mean ODI when compared to the sham post-treatment (mean difference: –4.68; SE: 1.85; p: 0.017; ‘large’ effect size: –0.87), although in follow-up, there was no difference between the groups (mean difference: 4.16; SE: 2.97; p: 0.17; “medium” effect size: –0.70). Conclusion: Dry cupping was more effective in improving pain and functional disability in people with persistent nonspecific low back pain when compared to the sham.

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  • Research Article2021-02-28

    Abstract : Background: Pain is a major complaint in cancer patients and a global problem that requires medical attention, including pain in cervical cancer. Although pharmacotherapy has been used for the treatment of cancer pain, there are still around 40% cannot be treated only with pharmacotherapy. Objectives: To determine the effects of electroacupuncture (EA) on pain in stage III cervical cancer patients. Methods: Twenty-eight stage III cervical cancer patients were divided into two groups (14 treatments and 14 controls) with randomized control trial design. The treatment group received EA with a frequency of 2/20-25 Hz at points of ST36, SP6, LI4 and LR3 for 30 minutes, while the control group did not receive EA. Both groups were given paracetamol and codeine at the same dose. Assessment was carried out by measuring pain scale (VAS), plasma β-endorphin levels, and quality of life/QoL (EORTC QLQ-C30) before and after therapy. Results: The average reduction in VAS in the treatment group (2.71 ± 1.14) compared to the control group (0.71 ± 1.33; p < 0.001), average increase in plasma β-endorphin levels in the treatment group (88.57 ± 52.46 pg/ml) compared to the control group (12.86 ± 56.76 pg/ml; p = 0.001), and in QoL, there were significant differences in symptom improvement between the treatment and control groups in the domain of fatigue, pain, insomnia and overall QoL (p < 0.05). Conclusion: Medical therapy combined with EA decreased pain scale, increased plasma β-endorphin levels, and improved the QoL for stage III cervical cancer patients.

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