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Deqi Sensation in Different Kinds of Acupuncture

Call for Papers

Acupuncture stimulation elicits Deqi, a composite of unique sensations that is essential for clinical efficacy according to traditional Chinese medicine. In recent years, clinical trials of acupuncture have paid increasing attention to the evocation of Deqi. The physiological mechanism that produces the effect of Deqi has also been explored in several studies but is not well understood. Preliminary findings suggest that Deqi may be an important phenomenon to measure in clinical studies of acupuncture so that its effects on clinical and biological outcomes should be further elucidated. However, few investigators have made explicit efforts to show how to measure Deqi from both the patient and the acupuncturer's perspective and examine the relationship between Deqi and therapeutic effect. Deqi should be taken into account in clinical trials, and more researches are required to understand the underlying mechanisms.

We invite investigators to contribute original research articles as well as review articles that will stimulate the continuing efforts to understand the physiological mechanism that produces Deqi. We are particularly interested in articles describing the clinical characterization of the Deqi, qualitative and quantitative measurements of Deqi, imaging study on physiological mechanism that produces the effect of Deqi, new insights into physiological mechanism using animal models, and current concepts in Deqi and Acupuncture. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Characterization of the Deqi during acupuncture treatment
  • Qualitative and quantitative measurements of Deqi
  • Neuroimaging studies on the interaction between Deqi and acupuncture
  • Physiological mechanism that produces the effect of Deqi
  • Recent advances in Deqi and acupuncture effects
  • Deqi in manual, electro-, laser-, and other types of acupuncture
  • Clinical research of Deqi sensation

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 12 April 2013
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 5 July 2013
Publication DateFriday, 30 August 2013

Lead Guest Editor

  • Cun-Zhi Liu, Acupuncture and Moxibustion Department, Beijing Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine Affiliated to Capital Medical University, 23 Meishuguanhou Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100010, China

Guest Editors

  • Gerhard Litscher, Stronach Research Unit for Complementary and Integrative Laser Medicine, Research Unit of Biomedical Engineering in Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, TCM Research Center Graz, Medical University of Graz, Auenbruggerplatz 29, 8036 Graz, Austria
  • Fan-Rong Liang, College of Acupuncture and Massage, Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Sichuan Province, Chengdu 610075, China
  • Jian Kong, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Harvard Medical School, Charlestown, Boston, MA 02129, USA
  • Lin-Peng Wang, School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Capital Medical University, 10 Xitoutiao, Youanmen, Beijing, China
  • Lu Wang, TCM Research Center Graz, Medical University of Graz, Auenbruggerplatz 29, 8036 Graz, Austria