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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 518784, 7 pages
Review Article

Acupuncture De-qi: From Characterization to Underlying Mechanism

School of Acupuncture-Moxibustion and Tuina, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100029, China

Received 12 April 2013; Revised 9 August 2013; Accepted 9 August 2013

Academic Editor: Lu Wang

Copyright © 2013 Shi-Peng Zhu 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.


De-qi refers to the participant’s subjective sensations and objective body responses as well as the acupuncturist’s perceptions while the acupuncturist needles certain acupoints in the participant’s body. In recent years, De-qi is getting increasing attention of the researchers and many efforts have been made to understand its mechanism. By the broad literature survey, this paper explores the subjective De-qi sensation of the patients, its influencing factors, and the resulting physiological responses. The purpose of this paper is expected to find out a possible mechanism of De-qi and to provide certain scientific evidence for acupuncture fundamental research and clinical practice.