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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2015, Article ID 310591, 12 pages
Research Article

Discovery of Acupoints and Combinations with Potential to Treat Vascular Dementia: A Data Mining Analysis

1Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chengdu, Sichuan 610075, China
2Southwest Petroleum University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610500, China

Received 18 December 2014; Revised 16 February 2015; Accepted 30 April 2015

Academic Editor: Zhixiu Lin

Copyright © 2015 Shuwei Feng 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 prevalence of vascular dementia (VaD) is high among the elderly. Acupuncture, a popular therapeutic method in China, can improve memory, orientation, calculation, and self-managing ability in VaD patients. However, in clinical acupuncture and acupuncture research, the selection of acupoints to treat VaD remains challenging. This study aimed to discover acupoints and acupoint combinations with potential for VaD based on data mining. After database searching and screening for articles on clinical trials evaluating the effects of acupuncture on VaD, 238 acupuncture prescriptions were included for further analysis. Baihui (GV 20), Sishencong (EX-HN 1), Fengchi (GB 20), Shuigou (GV 26), and Shenting (GV 24) appeared most frequently in the modern literature and are potential acupoints for VaD. Combinations between Baihui (GV 20), Sishencong (EX-HN 1), Fengchi (GB 20), Shenting (GV 24), Shuigou (GV 26), and Zusanli (ST 36) were most frequent and represent potential combinations for VaD treatment. These results provide a reference for the selection and combination of acupoints to treat VaD in clinical acupuncture and acupuncture research.