[Acupuncture: another new adjuvant in vaccine research].

Author: Xiao L, Wang H.
College of Acupuncture-Moxibustion and Orthopaedics, Hubei University of CM, Wuhan 430065, China.
Conference/Journal: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu.
Date published: 2012 Dec
Other: Volume ID: 32 , Issue ID: 12 , Pages: 1124-6 , Special Notes: [Article in Chinese] , Word Count: 128

The possibility of acupuncture to become a new vaccine adjuvant through strengthening the immunological effect of vaccine and its possible effect mechanism are discussed in the article. Firstly, it is approved in Chinese medicine literatures that acupuncture is a major method in prevention of epidemic diseases. Secondly, the mechanism of the functions of acupuncture in reinforcing the mononuclear phagocytic system and in stimulating the proliferation and differentiation of the lymphocyte are similar to the function of adjuvant in reinforcing the immunological effect of vaccine. Thirdly, the experimental research provides evidence to the adjuvant effect of acupuncture. Finally, presupposition is proposed that the adjuvant effect of acupuncture might be brought into play through activation of endogenous adjuvant (heat shock protein) which can strengthen the immunological effect of vaccine.
PMID: 23301487