Cell Division

Publication Title: 
BMC complementary and alternative medicine

BACKGROUND: Practitioners of the alternative medical practice 'external Qigong' generally claim the ability to emit or direct "healing energy" to treat patients. We investigated the ability of experienced Qigong practitioners to enhance the healthy growth of cultured human cells in a series of studies, each following a rigorously designed protocol with randomization, blinding and controls for variability. METHODS: Qigong practitioners directed healing intentionality toward normal brain cell cultures in a basic science laboratory.

Author(s): 
Yount, Garret
Solfvin, Jerry
Moore, Dan
Schlitz, Marilyn
Reading, Melissa
Aldape, Ken
Qian, Yifang
Publication Title: 
Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine = Chung I Tsa Chih Ying Wen Pan / Sponsored by All-China Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL) were cultured with "moxibustion serum" (MS), and the results were examined by flow cytometry. The results indicated that MS could enhance the proliferation of TIL, accelerate it to reach the exponential growth phase, and assist recombinant interleukin 2 (rIL-2) to enhance successively the percentage of CD3+ positive cells, maintain the number of CD4+ positive T cells, promote greatly the percentage of CD8+ positive T cells among TILs, and reverse the CD4+/CD8+ ratio. Such cooperative effects rely on relative specificity of acupoints.

Author(s): 
Chen, Yunfei
Zhao, Cuiying
Chen, Hanping
Qin, Huilian
Fang, Fang
Publication Title: 
The Journal of Veterinary Medical Science / the Japanese Society of Veterinary Science

We compared the effects of acupuncture and electroacupuncture on cell proliferation and neuroblast differentiation using specific markers, Ki67 and doublecortin (DCX), in the subgranular zone of the dentate gyrus (SZDG) in 13-week old Wistar rats. Acupuncture and electroacupuncture were applied simultaneously in the acu-points, ST36 (Zusanli) and GV20 (Baihui), once a day for 3 weeks. Acupuncture and electroacupuncture at these acu-points significantly increased the number of Ki67-positive cells and DCX-immunoreactive neuroblasts compared to the control or sham acupuncture group.

Author(s): 
Hwang, In Koo
Chung, Jin Young
Yoo, Dae Young
Yi, Sun Shin
Youn, Hwa Young
Seong, Je Kyung
Yoon, Yeo Sung
Publication Title: 
The Journal of Veterinary Medical Science / the Japanese Society of Veterinary Science

Previously, we observed that electroacupuncture (EA) at ST36 (Zusanli) and GV20 (Baihui) enhanced cell proliferation and neuroblast differentiation in the rat dentate gyrus. In this study, we investigated the possible mechanisms of EA in this effect. For this, we applied EA at ST36 and GV20 of Wistar rats (13-week-old) once a day for 3 weeks. Application of EA at these acupoints significantly increased the number of phosphorylated cyclic AMP response element-binding protein (pCREB)-immunoreactive cells in the dentate gyrus.

Author(s): 
Hwang, In Koo
Chung, Jin Young
Yoo, Dae Young
Yi, Sun Shin
Youn, Hwa Young
Seong, Je Kyung
Yoon, Yeo Sung

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