Brain-Gut Axis Modulation of Acupuncture in Functional Dyspepsia: A Preliminary Resting-State fcMRI Study

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Brain-Gut Axis Modulation of Acupuncture in Functional Dyspepsia: A Preliminary Resting-State fcMRI Study

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Title: Brain-Gut Axis Modulation of Acupuncture in Functional Dyspepsia: A Preliminary Resting-State fcMRI Study
Author: Fang, Jiliang; Wang, Danhong; Zhao, Qing; Hong, Yang; Jin, Yulian; Liu, Zhishun; Zhou, Kehua; Jing, Xianghong; Yu, Xiaochun; Pan, Ruiqi; Chang, Andrew; Liu, Hesheng; Zhu, Bing

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Citation: Fang, J., D. Wang, Q. Zhao, Y. Hong, Y. Jin, Z. Liu, K. Zhou, et al. 2015. “Brain-Gut Axis Modulation of Acupuncture in Functional Dyspepsia: A Preliminary Resting-State fcMRI Study.” Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine : eCAM 2015 (1): 860463. doi:10.1155/2015/860463. http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/860463.
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Abstract: Objective:. To explore acupuncture effects on brain functional connectivity in patients with functional dyspepsia (FD). Methods:. Eight patients in an acupuncture treatment group and ten healthy adults in the control group participated in the study. Acupuncture effectiveness was evaluated based on changes of the gastrointestinal symptoms, gastric motility measurements, and gastrin levels and comparisons with the control group when appropriate. To investigate functional connectivity changes related to FD and potential modulation after acupuncture, a set of regions of interest (ROIs) were selected according to previous fMRI reports of acupuncture. Results:. Patients showed significant improvements of FD signs and symptoms after acupuncture treatments. For all of the ROIs, we identified subportions of the networks showing reduced connectivity in patients with FD. Connectivity between the ROIs and corresponding disease targets showed significant improvement after acupuncture treatment (P < 0.05) in all ROIs except for right medial temporal lobe-hippocampus and right inferior parietal lobule. Conclusion:. Functional connectivity of the brain is changed in patients with FD but approximates that in healthy control after acupuncture treatment. The relief of gastrointestinal signs and symptoms by acupuncture is likely due to the normalization of brain-gut axis associated with FD.
Published Version: doi:10.1155/2015/860463
Other Sources: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4655049/pdf/
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