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Effect of Laser Acupuncture on Heart Rate Variability of Nonpatients and Patients with Spinal Cord Injury.

Abstract Sensory loss in a complete spinal cord injury (SCI) can be described as an injury that removes the ability of the brain to receive electrical afferent signals generated below the site of the injury. The sensory nervous system appears to be the same as the meridians in the concept of Oriental medicine, thus, we assumed that a complete SCI would lead to discontinuation of the meridians in humans. In this case series report with a cross-sectional view, we observed quantitative changes in heart rate variability induced by laser acupuncture at bilateral GB34 and ST36 points for 15 minutes in eight patients with complete SCIs between the levels of T8 and T12, and eight healthy individuals as a control group. A comparison between pre- and post-treatment data demonstrated that the physiological effect on the heart rate variability was absent when the laser acupuncture was applied below the level of injury among the patients with complete SCI, while the healthy counterparts showed the opposite pattern. The preliminary data suggest that the purported meridian system may not be different from the known sensory nervous system, as the transected spinal cord leads to interrupted meridians. The findings in the present case series warranted further investigation.
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Mayor MeshTerms
Keywords

acupuncture

heart rate variability

laser

spinal cord injury

Journal Title journal of acupuncture and meridian studies
Publication Year Start




PMID- 28254104
OWN - NLM
STAT- MEDLINE
DA  - 20170303
DCOM- 20170313
LR  - 20170313
IS  - 2093-8152 (Electronic)
IS  - 2005-2901 (Linking)
VI  - 10
IP  - 1
DP  - 2017 Jan
TI  - Effect of Laser Acupuncture on Heart Rate Variability of Nonpatients and Patients
      with Spinal Cord Injury.
PG  - 53-54
LID - S2005-2901(16)30124-8 [pii]
LID - 10.1016/j.jams.2016.11.004 [doi]
AB  - Sensory loss in a complete spinal cord injury (SCI) can be described as an injury
      that removes the ability of the brain to receive electrical afferent signals
      generated below the site of the injury. The sensory nervous system appears to be 
      the same as the meridians in the concept of Oriental medicine, thus, we assumed
      that a complete SCI would lead to discontinuation of the meridians in humans. In 
      this case series report with a cross-sectional view, we observed quantitative
      changes in heart rate variability induced by laser acupuncture at bilateral GB34 
      and ST36 points for 15 minutes in eight patients with complete SCIs between the
      levels of T8 and T12, and eight healthy individuals as a control group. A
      comparison between pre- and post-treatment data demonstrated that the
      physiological effect on the heart rate variability was absent when the laser
      acupuncture was applied below the level of injury among the patients with
      complete SCI, while the healthy counterparts showed the opposite pattern. The
      preliminary data suggest that the purported meridian system may not be different 
      from the known sensory nervous system, as the transected spinal cord leads to
      interrupted meridians. The findings in the present case series warranted further 
      investigation.
CI  - Copyright (c) 2016 Medical Association of Pharmacopuncture Institute. Published
      by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
FAU - Wong, Yiu Ming
AU  - Wong YM
AD  - Health Science Unit (PEC), Hong Kong Physically Handicapped & Able Bodied
      Association, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Electronic address:
      [email protected]
LA  - eng
PT  - Journal Article
DEP - 20161129
PL  - Korea (South)
TA  - J Acupunct Meridian Stud
JT  - Journal of acupuncture and meridian studies
JID - 101490763
SB  - IM
MH  - Acupuncture Therapy/*methods
MH  - Adult
MH  - Heart Rate
MH  - Humans
MH  - Laser Therapy/*methods
MH  - Male
MH  - Middle Aged
MH  - Spinal Cord Injuries/*therapy
MH  - Young Adult
OTO - NOTNLM
OT  - acupuncture
OT  - heart rate variability
OT  - laser
OT  - spinal cord injury
EDAT- 2017/03/04 06:00
MHDA- 2017/03/14 06:00
CRDT- 2017/03/04 06:00
PHST- 2016/08/11 [received]
PHST- 2016/10/19 [revised]
PHST- 2016/11/15 [accepted]
AID - S2005-2901(16)30124-8 [pii]
AID - 10.1016/j.jams.2016.11.004 [doi]
PST - ppublish
SO  - J Acupunct Meridian Stud. 2017 Jan;10(1):53-54. doi: 10.1016/j.jams.2016.11.004. 
      Epub 2016 Nov 29.

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