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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2013, Article ID 452697, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/452697
Research Article

The Influence of Skin Microcirculation Blood Perfusion at Zusanli Acupoint by Stimulating with Lift-Thrust Reinforcing and Reducing Acupuncture Manipulation Methods on Healthy Adults

1Experimental Acupuncture Research Centre, Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tianjin 300193, China
2Department of Rehabilitation and Health Care, Hunan Traditional Chinese Medical College, Zhuzhou 412012, China
3Department of Anatomy, Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tianjin 300193, China

Received 21 November 2012; Revised 22 January 2013; Accepted 22 January 2013

Academic Editor: Gerhard Litscher

Copyright © 2013 Xiaomei Li 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

Background. In traditional Chinese medicine acupuncture manipulation is one of the key factors that affect the curative results of acupuncture and more and more researches focus on how the different acupuncture manipulation techniques influence microcirculation nowadays. In this paper we demonstrate the different influences of lift-thrust reinforcing and reducing on blood perfusion. Method. The acupuncture manipulations of lift-thrust reinforcing and reducing were, respectively, applied to the 15 healthy subjects at the Zusanli acupoint and the changes of blood perfusion were monitored by Pericam Perfusion Speckle Imager (PSI). Conclusion. Both of the manipulations of lift-thrust reinforcing and reducing increase blood perfusion at Zusanli acupoint while the increasing amount of blood perfusion in the reinforcing group is significantly higher than in the reducing group.