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CT scans reveal anatomical structures of acupuncture points.

CT scans reveal anatomical structures of acupuncture points. This study demonstrates that, with the improvement of technology, a specific anatomical organisation at the site of acupuncture points can be observed.

This study was initially published in the  «Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena» in mars 2014. Because of its ability to examine structures with improved 3-D imaging, the CT scans revealed clear distinctions between the non-acupuncture point and acupuncture point anatomical structures. Acupuncture points had a higher density of micro-vessels and contain a large amount of involuted microvascular structures. The non-acupuncture points did not exhibit these properties. The article summary published on the website of the Healthcare Medicine institute (see link below) also shows images of these densities for the follownig points L7, L8 and L9.

STUDY SOURCE : Chenglin, Liu, Wang Xiaohu, Xu Hua, Liu Fang, Dang Ruishan, Zhang Dongming, Zhang Xinyi, Xie Honglan, and Xiao Tiqiao. "X-ray phase-contrast CT imaging of the acupoints based on synchrotron radiation." Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena (2013).

You can read a review of this article on the website of the HealthCMi: 
http://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1230-new-ct-scans-reveal-acupuncture-points 

We would like to thank the OAQ's Scientific Comitee for sharing this important study with the community of acupuncturists.

Added to web site August 11 2014

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