Effects of the New Lift-Thrust Operation in Laser Acupuncture Investigated by Thermal Imaging

Abstract

Acupuncture manipulation is one of the key factors affecting the performance of acupuncture in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Lift-thrust and twirl-twist are two of the most commonly used manipulation methods for needle acupuncture. We previously have developed a novel laser acupuncture model that emulates lift-thrust operation. In this study, we intend to show the effectiveness of such a model by applying it on the Neiguan acupoint (PC6). Stimulation was reported to be beneficial for improving cardiac output and peripheral circulation. -erefore, we hypothesized that the stimulation of laser acupuncture may increase the temperature of the subjects’ fingertip due to increased peripheral blood flow. A thermal imager was used to measure the temperature change of subjects’ fingertips. -rough regression analysis, it has been shown that while PC6 is stimulated, laser acupuncture with lift-thrust operation caused a more rapid, stable, and lasting temperature rise of fingertip than that without liftthrust operation. On the contrary, we observe no significant temperature change when a sham point nearby PC6 (a point which is not traditionally defined as the acupoint) was stimulated. Our results suggest the emulation of manipulation methods such as the lift-thrust operation could be a potential direction for the future development of laser acupuncture.

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Kun-Chan Lan, Chih-Yu Wang, Che-Chang Kuo, Shu-Chen Chang, Hsi-An Lin, Xin-Yu Wu, Jia-Yu Ding, and Gerhard Litscher"Effects of the New Lift-Thrust Operation in Laser Acupuncture Investigated by Thermal Imaging—Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine"

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@ARTICLE{lan2019: ,
AUTHOR = {Kun-Chan Lan, Chih-Yu Wang, Che-Chang Kuo, Shu-Chen Chang, Hsi-An Lin, Xin-Yu Wu, Jia-Yu Ding, and Gerhard Litscher},
TITLE = {Effects of the New Lift-Thrust Operation in Laser Acupuncture Investigated by Thermal Imaging},
BOOKTITLE = {Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine},
YEAR = {2019}
}

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