Modulation of brain electroencephalography oscillations by electroacupuncture in a rat model of postincisional pain.

TitleModulation of brain electroencephalography oscillations by electroacupuncture in a rat model of postincisional pain.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsWang J, Wang J, Li X, Li D, Li X-L, Han J-S, Wan Y
JournalEvidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM
Volume2013
Pagination160357
Date Published2013
Abstract

The present study aimed to investigate how ongoing brain rhythmical oscillations changed during the postoperative pain and whether electroacupuncture (EA) regulated these brain oscillations when it relieved pain. We established a postincisional pain model of rats with plantar incision to mimic the clinical pathological pain state, tested the analgesic effects of EA, and recorded electroencephalography (EEG) activities before and after the EA application. By analysis of power spectrum and bicoherence of EEG, we found that in rats with postincisional pain, ongoing activities at the delta-frequency band decreased, while activities at theta-, alpha-, and beta-frequency bands increased. EA treatment on these postincisional pain rats decreased the power at high-frequency bands especially at the beta-frequency band and reversed the enhancement of the cross-frequency coupling strength between the beta band and low-frequency bands. After searching for the PubMed, our study is the first time to describe that brain oscillations are correlated with the processing of spontaneous pain information in postincisional pain model of rats, and EA could regulate these brain rhythmical frequency oscillations, including the power and cross-frequency couplings.

DOI10.1155/2013/101805
Alternate JournalEvid Based Complement Alternat Med