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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2013, Article ID 538476, 7 pages
Review Article

Appraisal of the Deqi Concept among Contemporary Chinese Acupuncturists

1Dongzhimen Hospital Affiliated to Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, China
2European Foundation of TCM, Spain
3Acupuncture Department, Medimar International Hospital, Spain
4School of Acupuncture, Moxibustion and Tuina, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, China
5School of Preclinical Medicine, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, China

Received 11 April 2013; Revised 4 August 2013; Accepted 19 August 2013

Academic Editor: Cun-Zhi Liu

Copyright © 2013 Sheng Chen 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.


Deqi, an important component of the traditional theory of acupuncture and moxibustion, is the key factor in determining clinical therapeutic effect of acupuncture. In this paper, based on the digging up, arrangement, and in-depth analysis of the famous contemporary Chinese acupuncturists' perspectives of deqi, the authors summarize the concept and manifestation, as well as the properties of deqi, and correlativity of deqi with acupuncture manipulation through reviewing modern clinical research. Proposals for more scientific and standardized acupuncture research are introduced to reexamine and restore the implication of deqi in combination with the clinical practice.