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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 476064, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/476064
Research Article

Pilot Study of Acupuncture Point Laterality: Evidence from Heart Rate Variability

Institute of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, 16 Dongzhimennei, Nanxiaojie, Dongchen District, Beijing 100700, China

Received 16 September 2013; Revised 6 November 2013; Accepted 6 November 2013

Academic Editor: Gerhard Litscher

Copyright © 2013 Guangjun Wang 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.

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