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Biophysical Basis for Meridian and Acupoint Functions

Call for Papers

With a history of more than 4000 years, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) belongs to the most experienced and well-known natural medicine systems and attracts tremendous public interest. However, TCM has a long-standing tradition as a modality of experience-based medicine. Therefore, scientific research on its efficacy and mechanisms of action has been largely neglected for long. It was only recently that scientists inside and outside of China started to apply scientific methods to analyze TCM. As a part of TCM, acupuncture aims to restore and maintain health through the needling of specific points, that is, acupoints. While the clinical effects of acupuncture have drawn extensive attention from researchers of science and medicine, it is much more difficult to well elucidate the structural basis and action mechanism of acupoints along the meridians.

We invite investigators to contribute original as well as review articles on systematic and high-quality research of TCM. These works could be from different research areas, in addition to Chinese and Western medicine, including biochemistry, molecular biology, physiology, pharmacology, biophysics, bioinformatics, physics, and mathematics. We are particularly interested in papers reporting the development of advanced methodological and technical investigations. The topics on the latest innovative aspects that underline further enhancement of acupuncture are especially welcome. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Medical imaging and morphological anatomy on structural and functional basis for meridians and acupoints
  • Physiological and biophysical basis of mechanisms in acupoints
  • Physiological and biophysical basis of conducting pathways along the meridians
  • Modulation of physiological and biochemical processes by acupuncture and related stimuli
  • Methods for the quantification of peripheral and central effects of acupuncture
  • Advanced methodological and technical investigations on basis for meridians and acupoints

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 24 August 2012
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 16 November 2012
Publication DateFriday, 11 January 2013

Lead Guest Editor

  • Guanghong Ding, Department of Mechanics and Engineering Science, Fudan University, Shanghai, China

Guest Editors

  • Ying Xia, University of Texas Medical School, Houston, TX, USA
  • Wolfgang Schwarz, Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysics, University of Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Di Zhang, Department of Mechanics and Engineering Science, Fudan University, Shanghai, China