National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
Posters & Accepted Abstracts: Altern Integr Med
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture has been used to heal various diseases for more than 2500 years. Due to its efficacy, acupuncture has been recommended by the World Health Organization as an effective alternative therapy. To explain how acupuncture might work, it is imperative, first of all, to understand and characterize the essence of meridian system. Then, the possible mechanisms of acupuncture analgesia and therapies can be elucidated. In this talk, based on ancient textual evidence and modern histology, the meridian system will be deciphered as the complex network of neurovascular bundles and their smaller branches, which connect the brain, viscera, limbs and sensory organs altogether. It can be modeled as a reticular network and the key properties of this network can be characterized by its distributed electromagnetic impedances. As to the mechanism of acupuncture analgesia, it can be described as follows. Initially, the injury current around the acupoint is produced, then the magneto-electric inductive effects along the meridian system will be triggered, and via the impedance matching/mismatching with pain source/brain, finally the analgesia/pain relief can be obtained. As to acupuncture therapies, it is believed that the aforementioned mechanism can be used to explain how acupuncture works in various other therapies. It is sincerely hoped that this talk can promote a genuine understanding of the meridian system and acupuncture mechanisms so as to help our patients in a more logical and compassionate way.
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