Acupuncture Helps Patient Recover Sense of Smell
Michael W. Anosmia treated with acupuncture. Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal
of the British Medical Acupuncture Society 21(4):153-4.
This is a report detailing the successful treatment of a case of anosmia with
acupuncture. The patient was managed conventionally for two years with no sign
of improvement. She regained the sense of smell following one session of
acupuncture. Such patients should be investigated for any detectable organic
cause prior to treatment with acupuncture.
Reduces Heart Rate in Sitting Patients
Imai K, et
al. Comparison of transient heart rate reduction associated with acupuncture
stimulation in supine and sitting subjects. Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of
the British Medical Acupuncture Society 21(4):133-7.
The authors investigated the difference in transient heart
rate reduction associated with brief acupuncture in 20 healthy subjects at rest
in a supine and in a sitting position.
After the subjects had been at rest for about 20 minutes, the authors performed
acupuncture needling using the sparrow-pecking method, in which the needle is
moved vertically lifting and thrusting, for one minute at the Shousanli point on
the right forearm (LI10). The procedure was carried out with the subjects in a
supine position and in a sitting position. The position for stimulation of each
subject, either supine or sitting, was selected at random, and on different
The results showed that the average heart rate reduction associated with
stimulation in supine subjects was 3.6 +/- 0.19 beats per minute (bpm), while
that for sitting subjects was about 7.0 +/- 1.07 bpm, indicating that
stimulation reduces heart rate to a greater degree in subjects who are sitting.
These results would be consistent with a mechanism involving reduced sympathetic
drive to the heart, as sympathetic nerve activity has more influence on the
heart rate in the sitting than in the supine position.
Chinese Herb Useful for Severe Hepatitis
Arai M, et al. A case of severe acute hepatitis of unknown
etiology treated with the Chinese herbal medicine Inchinko-to. Hepatology
Research: The Official Journal of the Japan Society of Hepatology 28(3):161-165.
The authors treated a prolonged severe hepatitis of unknown
etiology with Inchinko-to, a Chinese herbal medicine, and this case is herein
described. Inchinko-to was given with ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) and
glycyrrhizin. The improvement in the patient's liver function seemed to
accelerate after the treatment, especially after stopping the administration of
kanamycin sulfate, which might possibly inhibit the conversion of geniposide,
one of the constituents of Inchinko-to, to an active ingredient through the
suppression of the bacterial growth in intestinal flora, suggesting the
usefulness of Inchinko-to for treatment of severe hepatitis.