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Pilot study of blood perfusion coherence along the meridian in forearm.

Wang G, Tian Y, Jia S, Zhou W, Zhang W - BMC Complement Altern Med (2013)

Bottom Line: In middle-aged subjects, the coherence value increased significantly in both M-M and M-P at frequency intervals of 0.14-0.4 Hz, 0.4-1.6 Hz, and 1.6-2 Hz.However, there was no significant difference in coherence values between M-M and M-P.However, there is no specificity in meridian location.

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Affiliation: Institute of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing, China. zhangweibo@hotmail.com.

ABSTRACT

Background: Many studies have explored the relationship between skin microcirculation and meridian activation. However, few studies have examined blood perfusion coherence along the meridians, and other studies have suggested that the skin vasodilator response relates to age. This study investigated blood perfusion coherence characteristics along the meridian of the forearm in healthy volunteers.

Methods: A total of 15 young subjects (25.53 ± 2.20) and 15 middle-aged subjects (50.07 ± 3.37) were recruited for this study. Before experiments, each subject was placed in a temperature-controlled room for 60 min. Skin blood perfusion from five points was recorded simultaneously using a full-field laser perfusion imager before and after inflatable occlusion. The five points comprised three points located on the pericardium meridian, and two points from different locations. Coherence analysis between these points was performed at different frequency intervals from 0.0095 to 2 Hz.

Results: In young subjects, the coherence value was unchanged before and after occlusion, and there was no significant difference in coherence value between meridian-meridian points (M-M) and meridian-parameridian points (M-P). In middle-aged subjects, the coherence value increased significantly in both M-M and M-P at frequency intervals of 0.14-0.4 Hz, 0.4-1.6 Hz, and 1.6-2 Hz. However, there was no significant difference in coherence values between M-M and M-P.

Conclusions: Inflatable occlusion can increase middle-aged subjects' blood perfusion coherence value of the forearm. However, there is no specificity in meridian location.

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Coherence between channel 1 and other four channels. (A) Young subject group (n = 15); (B) the middle-aged group (n = 15); Pre, pre-inflatable occlusion; Po, post-inflatable occlusion; Ch, Channel.
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Figure 2: Coherence between channel 1 and other four channels. (A) Young subject group (n = 15); (B) the middle-aged group (n = 15); Pre, pre-inflatable occlusion; Po, post-inflatable occlusion; Ch, Channel.

Mentions: In this study, a total of 30 subjects were included in the final analyses. Figure 2 shows that irrespective of the coherence value associated with the measurement point, or the age group, the lower the frequency the higher the coherence value obtained. Additionally, we found that with an increase in frequency, the coherence value decreased.


Pilot study of blood perfusion coherence along the meridian in forearm.

Wang G, Tian Y, Jia S, Zhou W, Zhang W - BMC Complement Altern Med (2013)

Coherence between channel 1 and other four channels. (A) Young subject group (n = 15); (B) the middle-aged group (n = 15); Pre, pre-inflatable occlusion; Po, post-inflatable occlusion; Ch, Channel.
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Figure 2: Coherence between channel 1 and other four channels. (A) Young subject group (n = 15); (B) the middle-aged group (n = 15); Pre, pre-inflatable occlusion; Po, post-inflatable occlusion; Ch, Channel.
Mentions: In this study, a total of 30 subjects were included in the final analyses. Figure 2 shows that irrespective of the coherence value associated with the measurement point, or the age group, the lower the frequency the higher the coherence value obtained. Additionally, we found that with an increase in frequency, the coherence value decreased.

Bottom Line: In middle-aged subjects, the coherence value increased significantly in both M-M and M-P at frequency intervals of 0.14-0.4 Hz, 0.4-1.6 Hz, and 1.6-2 Hz.However, there was no significant difference in coherence values between M-M and M-P.However, there is no specificity in meridian location.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Institute of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing, China. zhangweibo@hotmail.com.

ABSTRACT

Background: Many studies have explored the relationship between skin microcirculation and meridian activation. However, few studies have examined blood perfusion coherence along the meridians, and other studies have suggested that the skin vasodilator response relates to age. This study investigated blood perfusion coherence characteristics along the meridian of the forearm in healthy volunteers.

Methods: A total of 15 young subjects (25.53 ± 2.20) and 15 middle-aged subjects (50.07 ± 3.37) were recruited for this study. Before experiments, each subject was placed in a temperature-controlled room for 60 min. Skin blood perfusion from five points was recorded simultaneously using a full-field laser perfusion imager before and after inflatable occlusion. The five points comprised three points located on the pericardium meridian, and two points from different locations. Coherence analysis between these points was performed at different frequency intervals from 0.0095 to 2 Hz.

Results: In young subjects, the coherence value was unchanged before and after occlusion, and there was no significant difference in coherence value between meridian-meridian points (M-M) and meridian-parameridian points (M-P). In middle-aged subjects, the coherence value increased significantly in both M-M and M-P at frequency intervals of 0.14-0.4 Hz, 0.4-1.6 Hz, and 1.6-2 Hz. However, there was no significant difference in coherence values between M-M and M-P.

Conclusions: Inflatable occlusion can increase middle-aged subjects' blood perfusion coherence value of the forearm. However, there is no specificity in meridian location.

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Related in: MedlinePlus