THERMOGRAPHY AS A TOOL TO MEASURE SYMPATHETIC EFFECTS OF ACUPUNCTURE.

Monique Ernst, Mathew H.M. Lee

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Abstract

Sympathetic effects of manual and electrical acupuncture (MA, EA) of the Hoku hand point and of the Tsusanli knee point were evaluated in the face, hand, and foot areas via thermography in 19 normal subjects. After a 20 minute rest period, in a well-controlled environment, color thermogram slides were taken every 5 minutes for a 30 minute period (15 min. acupuncture, 15 min. post-acupuncture). A non-segmental long-lasting warming (sympatholytic) effect, distributed according to a cranio-caudal gradient, was observed under MA and EA of both points (p less than 0. 001). This increased temperature was predominant in the face and reached a maximum at the end of the session. It was greater with the Hoku hand point than with the Tsusanli knee point (p less than 0. 01), greater with MA than with EA (p less than 0. 05).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)365-366
Number of pages2
JournalAcupuncture and Electro-Therapeutics Research
Volume10
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1985
Event1st Int Symp on Acupunct & Electro-Ther - New York, NY, USA
Duration: Oct 9 1985Oct 13 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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