Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Effects and Mechanism of Acupuncture Based on the Principle of Meridians


Publishing date
02 Aug 2013
Status
Published
Submission deadline
15 Mar 2013

Lead Editor

1Department of Biomedical Engineering, Institute of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing 100700, China

2Five Branches University, San Jose, CA, USA

3Stronach Research Unit of Complementary and Integrative Laser Medicine, Research Unit of Biomedical Engineering in Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, and TCM Research Center Graz, Medical University Graz, Graz, Austria

4Department of Meridian and Acupoint, College of Oriental Medicine, Kyung-Hee University, Seoul, South Korea


Effects and Mechanism of Acupuncture Based on the Principle of Meridians

Description

According to Yellow Emperor's canon of internal medicine written two thousand years ago, there are meridians and collaterals on human body constituting a network channel in which Qi-blood flows. A disease usually begins with a stasis of the channels and slowing the flow of Qi-blood. Acupuncture exerts its curative effects just by cleaning the channels, making Qi-blood running well. Acupoints are some special points on human body which can produce efficient signals to dredge the channels using acupuncture. Therefore, the treated acupoints are usually chosen according to the ill meridian which is called meridian discrimination. But modern acupuncture study pays little attention to the mechanism of acupuncture related with meridians. It seems that acupuncture can work well without the existence of meridians. The fact however is that many chronic diseases which can be diminished or even cured by acupuncture can hardly be explained by modern knowledge. It is therefore necessary to consider the mechanism of acupuncture with the meridians attached. The study of meridians on the other hand has been carried through for a long time. Several hypotheses of meridians were put forward and have gotten certain experimental supports, while none of them got consensus in acupuncture field as the relationship between meridians and acupuncture was poorly expatiated. Demonstrating the curative effects of acupuncture related with meridians and elucidating the mechanism of acupuncture by the principle of meridians are the key steps.

We would like to invite researchers to contribute original articles as well as review papers on meridian research and acupuncture mechanism related with meridians. The manuscripts should be scientific and evidence based. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Comparing the effects of acupuncture with or without acupoint discrimination based on the meridian theory
  • Structure and functions of meridians
  • How acupoints and meridians are related to each other
  • Pathological bases of meridians, that is, what is the stasis of channels?
  • Mechanism of acupuncture on regulating meridians and Qi-blood
  • Effects and mechanism of acupuncture knife on treating tendon meridian diseases
  • Methodology and evaluation of meridian research

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Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 684027
  • - Editorial

Effects and Mechanism of Acupuncture Based on the Principle of Meridians

Wei-Bo Zhang | Andrew Wu | ... | Younbyoung Chae
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 781289
  • - Research Article

Observation on Pain Release by Long-Round Needle Therapy in Knee Osteoarthritis Related with Meridian-Sinews Theory

Yuan-shi Liu | Li-gong Xue | ... | Chun-shan Liu
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 654645
  • - Research Article

Induction of Hyperalgesia in Pigs through Blocking Low Hydraulic Resistance Channels and Reduction of the Resistance through Acupuncture: A Mechanism of Action of Acupuncture

Wei-Bo Zhang | Yi-Hui Xu | ... | Shu-Yong Jia
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 426052
  • - Research Article

Comparison of Acupuncture Effect on Blood Perfusion between Needling Nonacupoint on Meridian and Needling Nonacupoint off Meridian

Wei-Bo Zhang | Ling-Ling Wang | ... | Yu-Ying Tian
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 402180
  • - Research Article

Network Analysis of Acupuncture Points Used in the Treatment of Low Back Pain

Soon-Ho Lee | Chang-Eop Kim | ... | Younbyoung Chae
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 935687
  • - Research Article

Pathological Changes in Internal Organs after Blocking Low Hydraulic Resistance Channels along the Stomach Meridian in Pigs

Wen-Ting Zhou | Shu-Yong Jia | ... | Wei-Bo Zhang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 160651
  • - Research Article

Study on the Dynamic Compound Structure Composed of Mast Cells, Blood Vessels, and Nerves in Rat Acupoint

Luo Mingfu | Dong Xiaotong | ... | Han Ying
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 321067
  • - Research Article

The Impacts of Along-Channel Acupuncture on the Protein Expressions of the Chloride Channel of the Rats with Myocardial Ischemia

Ze-Dong Cheng | Chun-Ri Li | ... | Yi-Guo Chen
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 182528
  • - Research Article

Evaluating Meridian-Sinew Release Therapy for the Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis

Song Wei | Zhi-Huang Chen | ... | Lu Zhang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 469765
  • - Research Article

Acupuncture Activates ERK-CREB Pathway in Rats Exposed to Chronic Unpredictable Mild Stress

Jun Lu | Jia Liang | ... | Jian-You Guo
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