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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2013, Article ID 140581, 4 pages
Research Article

The Characterization of Deqi during Moxibustion in Stroke Rats

1The First Affiliated Hospital of Gannan Medical University, Ganzhou, Jiangxi Province 341000, China
2Affiliated Hospital of Jiangxi University of TCM, Nanchang, Jiangxi Province 330006, China
3Gannan Medical University, Ganzhou, Jiangxi Province 341000, China

Received 8 May 2013; Revised 2 August 2013; Accepted 7 August 2013

Academic Editor: Fan-rong Liang

Copyright © 2013 Zhimai Lv 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.


The efficacy of acupuncture and moxibustion is closely related to Deqi phenomenons, which are some subjective feelings. However, no one has reported the objective characterization of Deqi. Our preliminary research has found a phenomenon of tail temperature increasing (TTI) obviously in some stroke rats by suspended moxibustion at the acupoint dà zhuī (DU 14), which is similar to one characterization of Deqi during moxibustion that moxibustion heat is transferred from the original moxibustion acupoint to the other areas of the body. We wonder whether TTI is the objective indicator of Deqi characterization in animals. The present study showed that the stroke rat’s recovery was also associated with TTI phenomenon. This suggests that TTI phenomenon is one objective characterization of the Deqi in stroke rats. Application of the TTI phenomenon contributes to explore the physiological mechanism of Deqi.