Latest in Acupuncture Research: IBD

Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) is a chronic inflammation of the digestive tract and ibd_crohns_colitis_awareness_stickers-p217952778146960165b2o35_400includes diseases of Crohn’s and colitis.  These conditions can be disabling and life threatening, causing pain and malnutrition. Diagnosis typically involved a combination of endoscopy and radiology testing. Medication and surgery may reduce symptoms and flare ups but are often not curative or fully effective for all people, thus, the investigation into additional treatment options is important.

A new study recently published in 2013 found acupuncture is effective for the treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) using a mouse model.  Mice with colitis were treated with electro-acupuncture every other day during which time IBD activity and inflammation was measured compared to a control group not receiving acupuncture.

FINDINGS: For mice treated with electro-acupuncture “disease activity, stool consistency and bloody bowel discharge were significantly reduced, consistent with improvement in pathological findings. In addition, recruitment of macrophages and expression of ICAM were inhibited, accompanied by a significant reduction of DSS-induced expression of interleukin (IL)-1β and IL-6. Of importance, acceleration of giant migrating contraction (peristalsis) induced by vagostigmin attenuated these effects of electro-acupuncture.”[1]

These findings suggest that electro-acupuncture’s regulatory effect on peristalsis may also help to reduce IBD symptoms and inflammation in people.  By using mice models, researchers can eliminate the question of “placebo effect” often used as a criticism of acupuncture research.

For more specific info, see our separate blogs on:

Crohn’s Disease

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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[1] Yutani, Toru, Hirohisa Kawahata, Daisuke Sotobayashi, Hiroshi Kawanami, and Motokuni Aoki. “Anti-inflammatory Effect of Electro-acupuncture via Reduction in Colonic Peristalsis in a Mouse Model of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.” Immunology, Endocrine & Metabolic Agents in Medicinal Chemistry (Formerly Current Medicinal Chemistry-Immunology, Endocrine and Metabolic Agents) 13, no. 2 (2013): 122-131.