Acupoint Activation: Response in Microcirculation and the Role of Mast Cells
AbstractBackground: According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory, acupuncture effects are based on the integrity function of meridians. Meridians are thought to regulate body function through the normal flow of qi and/or blood. Disturbances in this flow are thought to cause disease, and acupuncture techniques are believed to cure disease by regulating this flow. However, it is still difficult to understand the exact meaning of qi and to evaluate the activation of meridians. Thus, more and more attention has been focused on the relationship of acupuncture and circulation. Methods: In this narrative review, the authors focus on the state of the art in acupoint activation, microcirculation response, and on investigation of mast cells, based on current literature research. Results: Altogether, 52 references are cited and discussed critically. A schematic diagram of the relationship between acupuncture stimulation, changes of microcirculation and mast cells is presented as result. Conclusion: The block diagram presented in this review article shows that mast cells might play an important role in circulation response after acupoint stimulation. View Full-Text
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Wang, G.; Litscher, D.; Tian, Y.; Gaischek, I.; Jia, S.; Wang, L.; Zhang, W.; Litscher, G. Acupoint Activation: Response in Microcirculation and the Role of Mast Cells. Medicines 2014, 1, 56-63.
Wang G, Litscher D, Tian Y, Gaischek I, Jia S, Wang L, Zhang W, Litscher G. Acupoint Activation: Response in Microcirculation and the Role of Mast Cells. Medicines. 2014; 1(1):56-63.Chicago/Turabian Style
Wang, Guangjun; Litscher, Daniela; Tian, Yuying; Gaischek, Ingrid; Jia, Shuyong; Wang, Lu; Zhang, Weibo; Litscher, Gerhard. 2014. "Acupoint Activation: Response in Microcirculation and the Role of Mast Cells." Medicines 1, no. 1: 56-63.