Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Biophysical Basis for Meridian and Acupoint Functions


Publishing date
11 Jan 2013
Status
Published
Submission deadline
24 Aug 2012

Lead Editor

1Department of Mechanics and Engineering Science, Fudan University, Shanghai, China

2University of Texas Medical School, Houston, TX, USA

3Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysics, University of Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany


Biophysical Basis for Meridian and Acupoint Functions

Description

With a history of more than 4000 years, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) belongs to the most experienced and well-known natural medicine systems and attracts tremendous public interest. However, TCM has a long-standing tradition as a modality of experience-based medicine. Therefore, scientific research on its efficacy and mechanisms of action has been largely neglected for long. It was only recently that scientists inside and outside of China started to apply scientific methods to analyze TCM. As a part of TCM, acupuncture aims to restore and maintain health through the needling of specific points, that is, acupoints. While the clinical effects of acupuncture have drawn extensive attention from researchers of science and medicine, it is much more difficult to well elucidate the structural basis and action mechanism of acupoints along the meridians.

We invite investigators to contribute original as well as review articles on systematic and high-quality research of TCM. These works could be from different research areas, in addition to Chinese and Western medicine, including biochemistry, molecular biology, physiology, pharmacology, biophysics, bioinformatics, physics, and mathematics. We are particularly interested in papers reporting the development of advanced methodological and technical investigations. The topics on the latest innovative aspects that underline further enhancement of acupuncture are especially welcome. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Medical imaging and morphological anatomy on structural and functional basis for meridians and acupoints
  • Physiological and biophysical basis of mechanisms in acupoints
  • Physiological and biophysical basis of conducting pathways along the meridians
  • Modulation of physiological and biochemical processes by acupuncture and related stimuli
  • Methods for the quantification of peripheral and central effects of acupuncture
  • Advanced methodological and technical investigations on basis for meridians and acupoints

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Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 878521
  • - Research Article

Effect of Electroacupuncture on Rat Ischemic Brain Injury: Importance of Stimulation Duration

Fei Zhou | Jingchun Guo | ... | Ying Xia
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 187182
  • - Review Article

Understanding Central Mechanisms of Acupuncture Analgesia Using Dynamic Quantitative Sensory Testing: A Review

Jiang-Ti Kong | Rosa N. Schnyer | ... | Sean Mackey
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 804397
  • - Research Article

Electroacupuncture and Brain Protection against Cerebral Ischemia: Specific Effects of Acupoints

Fei Zhou | Jingchun Guo | ... | Ying Xia
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 216016
  • - Review Article

From Acupuncture to Interaction between -Opioid Receptors and Na+ Channels: A Potential Pathway to Inhibit Epileptic Hyperexcitability

Dongman Chao | Xueyong Shen | Ying Xia
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 149612
  • - Research Article

Electroacupuncture-Induced Attenuation of Experimental Epilepsy: A Comparative Evaluation of Acupoints and Stimulation Parameters

Xuezhi Kang | Xueyong Shen | Ying Xia
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 789674
  • - Research Article

Effects of Electroacupuncture at Auricular Concha Region on the Depressive Status of Unpredictable Chronic Mild Stress Rat Models

Ru-Peng Liu | Ji-Liang Fang | ... | Bing Zhu
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 256754
  • - Research Article

An Acupuncture Research Protocol Developed from Historical Writings by Mathematical Reflections: A Rational Individualized Acupoint Selection Method for Immediate Pain Relief

Sven Schroeder | Gesa Meyer-Hamme | ... | Weiguo Hu
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 753264
  • - Research Article

The Neural Pathway of Reflex Regulation of Electroacupuncture at Orofacial Acupoints on Gastric Functions in Rats

Jianhua Liu | Wenbin Fu | ... | Nenggui Xu
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 793841
  • - Review Article

Biophysical Characteristics of Meridians and Acupoints: A Systematic Review

Juan Li | Qing Wang | ... | Xiaoke Wu
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 627023
  • - Research Article

Transcutaneous Auricular Vagus Nerve Stimulation Protects Endotoxemic Rat from Lipopolysaccharide-Induced Inflammation

Yu Xue Zhao | Wei He | ... | Bing Zhu
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