subjects and in migraine patients.
Quirico PE, Allais G, Ferrando M, de Lorenzo C, Burzio C,
Bergandi F, Rolando S, Schiapparelli P, Benedetto C.
Neurol Sci. 2014 May;35 Suppl 1:129-33. doi: 10.1007/s10072-014-1754-0.
Center for the Study of Natural and Physical
Therapies (CSTNF), Corso Galileo Ferraris, 164, 10134, Turin, Italy, firstname.lastname@example.org
AP has been proven to be effective in the treatment of various cardiovascular disorders; it
acts both on the peripheral flow and on the cerebral flow. Our study aimed to evaluate the
effects of needling of PC06 and LV03 on the cerebral blood flow (CBF) in the middle cerebral
artery (MCA). These effects were measured in a group of patients suffering from migraine
without aura (Group M) and in a healthy control group (Group C). In the study, we included
16 patients suffering from migraine without aura, classified according to the criteria of the
International Headache Society, and 14 healthy subjects as a control group. The subjects
took part in the study on two different days, and on each day, the effect of a single acupoint
was evaluated. Transcranial Doppler was used to measure the blood flow velocity (BFV) in
the MCA. Our study showed that needling of PC06 in both groups results in a significant and
longlasting reduction in the average BFV in the MCA. After needling LV03, instead, the
average BFV undergoes a very sudden and marked increase; subsequently, it decreases
and tends to stabilize at a slightly higher level compared with the baseline, recorded before
CONCLUSIONS: Our data seem to suggest that PC06 and LV03 have very
different effects on CBF. Needling of PC06 probably triggers a vasodilation in MCA, while the
pricking of LV03 determines a rapid and marked vasoconstriction.
PMID: 24867849 [PubMed - in process]