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J Tradit Chin Med. 1997 Dec; 17(4): 289-93.

Effect of acupuncture on vasoactive intestinal peptide in ischemic cerebrovascular diseases.

Zhang X, Yuan Y, Kuang P, Wu W, Zhang F, Liu J.

Department of Neurology, 261 Hospital, Beijing, China.

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) appears to play an important role as a neurotransmitter or neuromediater in ischemic cerebrovascular diseases (ICVD). The effect of acupuncture, which is used in treatment of ICVD with good efficiency, on VIP has not been known. For finding the mechanism of acupuncture in treatment of ICVD and the effect of electro-acupuncture on VIP, the present study was performed. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 59 patients with acute ICVD were randomly divided into two groups. Electro-acupuncture and routine treatment were given in Group 1 (n = 29), and routine treatment was used alone in Group 2 (n = 30). The cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and blood were taken before the beginning of treatment and after a course of treatment in both groups. The control group consisted of 38 cases of non-ICVD. VIP was measured by radioimmunoassay. RESULTS: The level of CSF VIP in patients with acute ICVD was significantly lower than that in the controls, while the levels of plamsa VIP showed no significant difference between the ICVD and control groups, and the level of CSF VIP was not significantly correlated with the level of plasma VIP. After acupuncture treatment, the level of CSF VIP was increased and showed no significant difference as compared with the control group. CONCLUSION: Acupuncture might alleviate the disturbance of metabolism of VIP in CNS.

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