Medical Research

More ISAMS: Dr. S.C. Tjen-A-Looi Cardiovascular Acupuncture Mechanisms

Kristen Sparrow • November 07, 2011

I will leave you with the conclusions. The more specific aspects of the talk were deep into the physiology of the brain and spinal cord. These are the points that you can share with your patients if they ask “How does acupuncture work?”

Clinical Relevance of Point Specificity and Prolonged Action with Acupuncture Treatment
Stephanie C. Tjen-A-Looi, M.S., Ph.D.
School of Medicine
Susan Samueli Center for
Integrative Medicine
University of California, Irvine
Collaborators: Peng Li, John C. Longhurst, Liang-Wu Fu, Zhi-Ling Guo, Min Li
Goal To determine the biological effects of point specificity.
• Acupoint specificity does exist.
• Stimulation at acupoints over deep somatic nerves exert greatest inhibitory cardiovascular electroacupuncture influences.
• Stimulation of acupoints located on meridians activates underlying nerves to induce acupuncture inhibition.

Conclusion Long lasting effect of acupuncture
•Long-loop pathway
•Neural circuitry
•Neurotransmitter specific
•mRNA expressions

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