This article reports the utilization of acupuncture in combination with chemical anesthesia and neuromuscular relaxant for patients with cardiac surgery, including valvular disease and by-pass.

In 33 patients with constant ventricular extrasystoles the influence of acupuncture and electroacupuncture on the extrasystoles and the heart rate was examined.

Cerebral function has been monitored by means of the spectral analysis of EEG during general pharmacological anaesthesia and during electrohypoalgesia (auriculoacupuncture) in patients subjected to chest and heart surgery.

Twenty-six patients with stable angina pectoris, resistant to medical treatment, were randomized to either active or sham acupuncture in a single-blind design. Sham acupuncture was defined as the insertion of needles in a point within the same spinal segments as the active acupuncture, but outside the Chinese meridian system.

The purpose of this study was to test the efficacy of traditional Chinese acupuncture in the treatment of scapulohumeral pain during the early stage following heart surgery, by puncture of points not related anatomically or metamerically with the scapulohumeral joint and without any needle stimulation.

The authors observed 30 patients with hypertension, which blood pressure was lowered by Heart point of ear needling.

A cost-benefit analysis of acupuncture and self-care education in the treatment of patients with angina pectoris.

Vagal withdrawal and/or sympathetic overactivity is always accompanied by various kinds of stress and is dangerous to the body. We proposed that mild acupuncture on the Sishencong points may effectively enhance vagal activities but suppress sympathetic regulations of the heart in humans.

The present investigation was undertaken to observe the effects of head point-cardiovascular point needling on the cardiac function and hemodynamics in 8 anesthetized dogs, and to elucidate the underlying mechanisms and its clinical implications.

Experimental studies in animals and clinical studies in humans have demonstrated that acupuncture can exert significant effects on the cardiovascular system and provide effective therapy for a variety of cardiovascular ailments.


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