Acupuncture has been used for thousands of year in China and widely accepted by the neighboring countries. It is applied to several kinds of disease; however, pain relieving is the most remarkable indication worldwide. In the past decades, the mechanism of acupuncture analgesia is the central topic of acupuncture study. Recent studies and our results indicated that electroacupuncture facilitates the release of certain neuropeptides (i.e. enkephalin and β-endorphin) and monoamines (i.e. serotonin and norepinephrine), which in turn produce anti-nociceptive effects. Electroacupuncture stimulation with alternating mode yielded better results than with simultaneous mode for treating chronic pain because it may postpone the development of EA tolerance. We suggest use alternating mode to treat patients.
Asides from the basic studies of acupuncture, many researchers focus on the clinical trial. Recently, the development of methodology makes studies more reliable. Our results suggested that the efficacy of acupuncture/electroacupuncture on pain relieving and on reducing side effects of morphine administration after surgery. Besides, acupuncture/electroacupuncture also showed efficacy on pains due to frozen shoulder, knee-joint, lower back, cesarean section, extracorporeal wave shock lithotripsy etc.
林昭庚 (Janug-Geng Lin, Ph.D.)
China Medical University, Taiwan
Doctor degree: Institute of Chinese Medical Science, China Medical College (1988-1991)
(1)Professor, China Medical University, (1992-present), Chair Professor (2013-present)
(2)Visiting Professor, Fujian College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (1989-present)
(3)Visiting Professor, University of Oradea, Romania（2004-present）
(4)Visiting Professor, Vasile Goldiș Western University of Arad, Romania（2004-present）
(5)Visiting Professor, Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, China（2007-10；2011-14）
(6)Chair Professor, Department of Healthcare Administration, Asia University（2013-present）
(7)Chair Professor, School of Post-Baccalaureate Chinese Medicine, Tzu Chi University（2014-present）
Experiences (Journal Administration):
(1) Senior Advisor, American Journal of Chinese Medicine（1992- present）
(2) Editor and Lead Guest Editor, Acta Pharmacologica Sinica（1995- present）
(3) Editor, Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine（1996- present）
(4) Editor, Chinese Medicine（2009- present）
(5) Editor, Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies（2011- present）
(6) Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Chinese Journal of Difficult and Complicated Cases（2012- present）
(7) Editor, Integrative Medicine Research（2013- present）
(8) Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine（2013- present）
Award(s) and honor(s) (in chronological order) :
(1) In 2014, Dr. Lin was appointed as an expert and consultant by UNESCO, and was once again invited to participate in "The 9th Session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage” held in Paris, France, where he delivered a lecture in the ICHNGO Forum.
(2) In 2014-15, Dr. Lin obtained the highest ranking of research performance in Taiwan in the fields of Complementary therapy, Acupuncture points, Meridians, and Electroacupuncture; top 9 rating in the world, in acupuncture point research field, as evaluated by expertscape.com.
(3) In 2015, Dr. Lin was invited to attend the sixty-sixth session of the World Health Organization Regional Committee for the Western Pacific held in Guam, United States of America.
(4) In 2017, Dr. Lin was invited to attend the 140th session of the WHO Executive Board in Geneva, Switzerland, where he delivered a lecture entitled “The Use of Acupuncture in Emergency Medical Services”.
(5) In 2017, Dr. Lin was elected as the President of International Society of Oriental Medicine (ISOM)