Investigation of acupuncture sensation patterns under sensory deprivation using a geographic information system

The study of acupuncture-related sensations, like deqi and propagated sensations along channels (PSCs), has a long tradition in acupuncture basic research. The phenomenon itself, however, remains poorly understood. To st
The study of acupuncture-related sensations, like deqi and propagated sensations along channels (PSCs), has a long tradition in acupuncture basic research. The phenomenon itself, however, remains poorly understood. To study the connection between PSC and classical meridians, we applied a geographic information system (GIS) to analyze sketches of acupuncture sensations from healthy volunteers after laser acupuncture. As PSC can be subtle, we aimed at reducing the confounding impact of external stimuli by carrying out the experiment in a floatation tank under restricted environmental stimulation. 82.4% of the subjects experienced PSC, that is, they had line-like or 2-dimensional sensations, although there were some doubts that these were related to the laser stimulation. Line-like sensations on the same limb were averaged to calculate sensation mean courses, which were then compared to classical meridians by measuring the mean distance between the two. Distances ranged from 0.83 cm in the case of the heart (HT) and spleen (SP) meridian to 6.27 cm in the case of the kidney (KI) meridian. Furthermore, PSC was observed to “jump” between adjacent meridians. In summary, GIS has proven to be a valuable tool to study PSC, and our results suggest a close connection between PSC and classical meridians.
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Author:Florian Beißner, Irene Marzolff
URN:urn:nbn:de:hebis:30:3-294509
DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/591304
ISSN:1741-4288
ISSN:1741-427X
Pubmed Id:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=23243458
Parent Title (English):Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM
Publisher:Hindawi
Place of publication:New York, NY
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Date of Publication (online):2013/07/05
Date of first Publication:2012/11/21
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2013/07/05
Volume:2012
Issue:591304
Pagenumber:10
Note:
Copyright © 2012 Florian Beissner and Irene Marzolff. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ , which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
HeBIS PPN:34880850X
Institutes:Medizin
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medizin und Gesundheit
Sammlungen:Universitätspublikationen
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 3.0

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