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Article: Neural acupuncture unit: A new concept for interpreting effects and mechanisms of acupuncture

TitleNeural acupuncture unit: A new concept for interpreting effects and mechanisms of acupuncture
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Issue Date2012
PublisherHindawi Publishing Corporation. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/
Citation
Evidence-Based Complementary And Alternative Medicine, 2012, v. 2012, article no. 429412 How to Cite?
AbstractWhen an acupuncture needle is inserted into a designated point on the body and mechanical or electrical stimulation is delivered, various neural and neuroactive components are activated. The collection of the activated neural and neuroactive components distributed in the skin, muscle, and connective tissues surrounding the inserted needle is defined as a neural acupuncture unit (NAU). The traditionally defined acupoints represent an anatomical landmark system that indicates local sites where NAUs may contain relatively dense and concentrated neural and neuroactive components, upon which acupuncture stimulation would elicit a more efficient therapeutic response. The NAU-based local mechanisms of biochemical and biophysical reactions play an important role in acupuncture-induced analgesia. Different properties of NAUs are associated with different components of needling sensation. There exist several central pathways to convey NAU-induced acupuncture signals, Electroacupuncture (EA) frequency-specific neurochemical effects are related to different peripheral and central pathways transmitting afferent signals from different frequency of NAU stimulation. More widespread and intense neuroimaging responses of brain regions to acupuncture may be a consequence of more efficient NAU stimulation modes. The introduction of the conception of NAU provides a new theoretical approach to interpreting effects and mechanisms of acupuncture in modern biomedical knowledge framework. Copyright © 2012 Zhang-Jin Zhang et al.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/159822
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.931
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.615
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dc.contributor.authorZhang, ZJen_HK
dc.contributor.authorWang, XMen_HK
dc.contributor.authorMcAlonan, GMen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2012-08-16T05:57:38Z-
dc.date.available2012-08-16T05:57:38Z-
dc.date.issued2012en_HK
dc.identifier.citationEvidence-Based Complementary And Alternative Medicine, 2012, v. 2012, article no. 429412en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1741-427Xen_HK
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dc.description.abstractWhen an acupuncture needle is inserted into a designated point on the body and mechanical or electrical stimulation is delivered, various neural and neuroactive components are activated. The collection of the activated neural and neuroactive components distributed in the skin, muscle, and connective tissues surrounding the inserted needle is defined as a neural acupuncture unit (NAU). The traditionally defined acupoints represent an anatomical landmark system that indicates local sites where NAUs may contain relatively dense and concentrated neural and neuroactive components, upon which acupuncture stimulation would elicit a more efficient therapeutic response. The NAU-based local mechanisms of biochemical and biophysical reactions play an important role in acupuncture-induced analgesia. Different properties of NAUs are associated with different components of needling sensation. There exist several central pathways to convey NAU-induced acupuncture signals, Electroacupuncture (EA) frequency-specific neurochemical effects are related to different peripheral and central pathways transmitting afferent signals from different frequency of NAU stimulation. More widespread and intense neuroimaging responses of brain regions to acupuncture may be a consequence of more efficient NAU stimulation modes. The introduction of the conception of NAU provides a new theoretical approach to interpreting effects and mechanisms of acupuncture in modern biomedical knowledge framework. Copyright © 2012 Zhang-Jin Zhang et al.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherHindawi Publishing Corporation. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/en_HK
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dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.titleNeural acupuncture unit: A new concept for interpreting effects and mechanisms of acupunctureen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailZhang, ZJ: zhangzj@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailMcAlonan, GM: mcalonan@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1155/2012/429412en_HK
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