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      Central and Peripheral Effects of Transcutaneous Acupuncture Treatment for Nausea in Patients with Diabetic Gastroparesis

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          Nausea, an unpleasant symptom of diabetic gastroparesis (DMGP), has been reported to be alleviated by needleless transcutaneous electrical acupuncture (TEA). Our study was designed to utilize electroencephalography (EEG) and electrogastrography (EGG) recordings to investigate the central and peripheral responses of TEA in the treatment of nausea in DMGP patients.


          Eleven DMGP subjects underwent simultaneous EEG and EGG testing while grading the severity of nausea following 30-minute intervals of: (1) baseline, (2) visual stimulation (VS) to provoke more nausea, (3) active VS together with TEA, and (4) TEA alone, and a final 15-minute recording without any intervention.


          The nausea score was increased to 5.9 ± 1.5 with VS ( P < 0.05, vs 3.5 ± 1.0 at baseline), then reduced to 3.5 ± 1.2 with VS plus TEA, and to 2.5 ± 1.3 with TEA alone, while it continued at a score of 2.9 ± 1.0 post TEA (all significant, P < 0.05, vs VS without TEA). The mean percentage of normal gastric slow waves was decreased to 60.0 ± 5.7% with VS ( P < 0.05, vs 66.6 ± 4.5% at baseline), then improved to 69.2 ± 4.8% with VS plus TEA, and maintained at 70 ± 3.6% with TEA alone. During initial VS, EEG signals showed right inferior frontal activity as the prominent finding, but during VS with TEA, left inferior frontal activity predominated.


          In DMGP, TEA improves gastric dysrhythmia and ameliorates nausea. TEA treatment of nausea provoked by VS resulted in a change of dominance from right to left inferior frontal lobe activity. These data provide new understandings of peripheral and central mechanisms for nausea, and potential future directions for DMGP treatment approaches.

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                J Neurogastroenterol Motil
                J Neurogastroenterol Motil
                Journal of Neurogastroenterology and Motility
                Korean Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility
                April 2017
                01 April 2017
                : 23
                : 2
                : 245-253
                [1 ]Department of Internal Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, El Paso, TX, USA
                [2 ]Center of Excellence of Neuroscience, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, El Paso, TX, USA
                [3 ]Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Johns Hopkins Center of Neurogastroenterology, Baltimore, MD, USA
                Author notes
                [* ]Correspondence: Richard W McCallum, MD, FACP, FRACP (AUST) FACG, AGAF, Department of Internal Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, 4800 Albert Avenue, El Paso, TX 79905, USA, Tel: +1-915-215-5218 (direct office: +1-915-545-6634), Fax: +1-913-706-6746, E-mail: richard.mccallum@ 123456ttuhsc.edu

                Irene Sarosiek and Gengqing Song contributed equally to this work.

                © 2017 The Korean Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility

                This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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                acupuncture, diabetes, electroencephalogram, electrogastrogram, gastroparesis


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