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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2011, Article ID 878391, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/878391
Research Article

Abnormal Gastroscopy Findings Were Related to Lower Meridian Energy

1School of Nursing, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei 112, Taiwan
2Institute of Clinical and Community Health Nursing, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei 112, Taiwan
3Department of Gastroenterology, Taipei Medical University Hospital, Taipei 110, Taiwan
4Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Taipei Medical University Hospital, Taipei 110, Taiwan
5Department of Medicine, Taipei Medical University, Taipei 110, Taiwan

Received 13 May 2010; Revised 20 September 2010; Accepted 10 October 2010

Copyright © 2011 Sheng-Miauh Huang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

According to the theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), energy runs through 12 meridians longitudinally up and down the body. The study objectives were to compare the meridian energy between subjects with and without abnormal gastroscopy findings. We applied a cross-sectional and correlational research design. The study included 1,223 participants who had their health examinations at a university hospital in Taipei from 1st August 2005 through 31st August 2007. Meridian energy was examined using a meridian energy analysis device. The gastroscopy was operated by certified gastroenterologists. Participants with abnormal stomach and esophageal findings using gastroscopy had significantly lower mean meridian energy. There were no significant differences in meridian energy between participants with and without abnormal duodenum findings. When all of the meridians were examined individually, participants with abnormal findings in esophagus and stomach had significantly lower meridian energy in each of the meridians. The results of this study demonstrated that structural abnormality in the gastric area was related to lower meridian energy. Whether enhancing meridian energy could improve gastric and esophageal health merits further studies.