Introduction of two novel devices for investigating the influence of non-mechanical components such as therapeutic qi in acupuncture

Hochstrasser, Raphael J.; Endler, Christian P.; Klein, Sabine D. (2013). Introduction of two novel devices for investigating the influence of non-mechanical components such as therapeutic qi in acupuncture. Journal of Integrative Medicine, 11(3), pp. 168-174. Science Press (China) 10.3736/jintegrmed2013030

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OBJECTIVE: Acupuncture is a complex intervention consisting of specific and non-specific components. Acupuncture studies more frequently focus on collecting data from the patients’ perspective and response, but the acupuncturist’s role remains relatively unclear. In order to investigate potential non-mechanical active factors originating from the acupuncturist and transmitted to the patient during treatment, two novel devices for basic research in acupuncture were designed. The Acuplicator allows the researcher to insert needles without touching the needles themselves, while the Veliusator locks the needle in its place so that no mechanical movement can be transferred. METHODS: The Acuplicator was used to insert needles at Neiguan (PC6) on the right forearm of 23 volunteers. The insertion depth was measured using a depth gauge. The transfer of mechanical movements from the handle to the tip was detected with a precision length gauge with a motoric-tactile sensor. RESULTS: The mean insertion depth was (12.3 ± 1.5) mm (range 9.5 to 15.0 mm). Even with intense manipulation of the needle handle, no movements within ± 1 μm could be detected at the tip when the needle was locked. CONCLUSION: With these two devices it will be possible to investigate the influence of non-mechanical components such as therapeutic qi in acupuncture.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Medical Education > Institute of Complementary Medicine (ICOM)

UniBE Contributor:

Klein, Sabine

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

2095-4964

Publisher:

Science Press (China)

Language:

English

Submitter:

Sabine Klein

Date Deposited:

21 May 2014 09:27

Last Modified:

13 Dec 2014 18:20

Publisher DOI:

10.3736/jintegrmed2013030

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.50501

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/50501

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