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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 591304, 10 pages
Research Article

Investigation of Acupuncture Sensation Patterns under Sensory Deprivation Using a Geographic Information System

1Pain & Autonomics-Integrative Research (PAIR), Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Jena University Hospital, 07743 Jena, Germany
2Institute for Physical Geography, Goethe University, 60438 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Received 20 July 2012; Revised 30 August 2012; Accepted 3 September 2012

Academic Editor: Wolfgang Schwarz

Copyright © 2012 Florian Beissner and Irene Marzolff. 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.

Supplementary Material

Supplementary Figure 1: The body scheme, that was used by the subjects to sketch their sensations during laser acupuncture. The arrow heads mark the points of stimulation.

Supplementary Figure 2: Methodological approach to measure distances from a cohort of meridians. The left picture shows the variability of different sources concerning the course of the kidney (KI) meridian. The right picture shows the Euclidean distance field that was then intersected with the mean center lines (see Figure 3+4 and Table 3 in the main manuscript).

Supplementary Table 1: Numeric results of the GIS analysis of acupuncture sensation patterns. Sensation intensities are also shown. The index counts disjunct sensation patterns of the same type for each subject. For line-like and 2-dimensional sensations, "total length" and "total area" indicate the sum of all disjunct patterns.

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