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A Review of the Evidence for the Existence of Acupuncture Points and Meridians

  title={A Review of the Evidence for the Existence of Acupuncture Points and Meridians},
  author={D. W. Ramey},
According to Chinese tradition, acupuncture points are specifically chosen sites associated with the manipulation of a “vital force” referred to as qi. Under such tradition, acupuncture needles are placed in accordance with certain theories (yin-yang, five phases, etc.) according to the training and experience of the practitioner. Acupuncture points may reportedly also be used for diagnostic purposes. The term acupuncture is used in this paper to connote the insertion of dry needles into the… 

Use of acupuncture in equine reproduction.

On Dermatomes, Meridians and Points: Results of a Quasiexperimental Study

A TDE/VDE ratio of 3 : 1 implies that the clinical indications for the points of any dermatome on the torso are similar, regardless of their meridians, and suggests that most of the indications for trunk points involve a ‘horizontal pattern’ due to their neurobiological nature.

Role of dermatomes in the determination of therapeutic characteristics of channel acupoints: a similarity-based analysis of data compiled from literature

The similarity of dermatomes between dual acupoints partially determined the similarity of traditional actions and contemporary indications, therefore dermatomes partially determine the therapeutic efficacy of acupuncture.

Three hand yin meridians in ancient Chinese medicine were established initially based on arterial structures

I agree with the first concept proposed by Kumaratilake et al. (2020) that vertical blood vessels represent meridians, and descriptions from the silk meridian books unearthed from Mawangdui Han Tomb are supported.

The Emperor’s New Clothes—An Epistemological Critique of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Acupuncture

Argument by analogy is used to demonstrate that Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine is based on pre-scientific principles, similar to those of humoral medicine and bloodletting, and that acupuncture is, in effect, a placebo.

Traditional Arabic and Islamic Medicine Primary Methods in Applied Therapy

A taxonomy of applied therapies is developed by denoting each as a primary or supportive method and providing a definition for each category of methods, and defines applied therapy as techniques or procedures involving physical and manual contact with the individual that are aimed at restoring health and preventing illness.

Persistent median artery may explain the transition from 11 to 12 meridians in ancient Chinese medicine

The 12th meridian, Hand Jue Yin Meridian, happens to run along the same pathway as PMA, which may explain well the mystery why a "new meridian" was added to the older 11-meridian system over two thousand years ago in Chinese medicine.

Chinese scalp acupuncture relieves pain and restores function in complex regional pain syndrome.

Chinese Scalp Acupuncture provided lasting pain reduction, and improved function and sensation in this group of combatants with upper extremity CRPS and the treatment response had been sustained at 20-month follow-up with no recurrence.

Better practice: health promotion in the music conservatoire

A compulsory health and wellbeing course for 103 first year students at the same conservatoire was designed on the basis of findings described above and in collaboration with members of Healthy Conservatoires, to answer two main questions.



Part 1: Acupuncture meridians — myth or reality?

Acupuncture: does it work and, if so, how?

This article critically reviews the existing evidence supporting the various effects that have been proposed to result from acupuncture treatments and classify them according to level of effect and type of acupuncture treatment.

What is being stimulated in acupuncture: Evaluation of the existence of a specific substrate

Characteristics of acupuncture meridians and acupoints in animals.

The authors aim to further illustrate the objective existence and superficial locations of the meridians in various species of animals.

A comparison of the traditional Chinese versus transpositional zangfu organ association acupoint locations in the horse.

  • R. Panzer
  • Medicine
    The American journal of Chinese medicine
  • 1993
Common veterinary acupuncture practices, traditional Chinese medical theory, spinal cord anatomy, and a preliminary equine "association segment" chart are proposed to explain TTEE.

[Demonstration of the effective of acupuncture on the autonomic nervous system by examination of the microcirculation].

This model experiment was performed on healthy volunteers and showed identical, transient, quick reflex responses of the sympathetic nervous system after true acupuncture as well as after needling at non-acupuncture points.

Medical acupuncture : a western scientific approach

Methods of Acupuncture and Electroacupuncture and Acupuncture Analgesia/ Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation and Laser Therapy and Side Effects and Complications.

Comparison of substance P concentration in acupuncture points in different tissues in dogs.

The results indicate that there is a difference in the neurochemical profile between acupuncture points and control points.