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Violet laser acupuncture--part 4: acute effects on human arterial stiffness and wave reflection.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21981867     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We investigated the effects of violet laser acupuncture on arterial stiffness and other important parameters of the functional state of the heart such as augmentation index (AIx). This investigation ties together the medical perspectives of Eastern and Western medical practitioners; the Western medical perspective of the functional states of the human heart including systolic and diastolic blood pressures, and the Eastern medical perspective regarding taking patients' pulses for diagnosis and using acupuncture for subsequent treatments. Pulse wave velocity (PWV) is a direct marker of arterial stiffness; AIx indicates wave reflection. Both parameters can be measured by cuff applied to the brachial artery. The first results from a pilot study of 10 healthy volunteers (M/F, 3/7; mean age ± SD, 27.8 ± 6.8 years) regarding violet laser acupuncture (405 nm; 110 mW; 500 μm; 10 min) showed a marked but not statistically significant decrease in aortic PWV and an increase in brachial AIx during and after laser acupuncture at the acupoint Baihui. Further studies including control measurements are necessary.
Gerhard Litscher; Lu Wang; Ingrid Gaischek; Xin-Yan Gao
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2011-10-01
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of acupuncture and meridian studies     Volume:  4     ISSN:  2093-8152     ISO Abbreviation:  J Acupunct Meridian Stud     Publication Date:  2011 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-10-10     Completed Date:  2012-03-08     Revised Date:  2012-08-08    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101490763     Medline TA:  J Acupunct Meridian Stud     Country:  Korea (South)    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  168-74     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2011. Published by Elsevier B.V.
Research Unit of Biomedical Engineering in Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine and TCM Research Center Graz, Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria.
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MeSH Terms
Acupuncture Points*
Acupuncture Therapy / methods*
Aorta / physiology
Arteries / physiology*
Blood Flow Velocity
Brachial Artery
Laser Therapy*
Pilot Projects
Vascular Resistance*
Vascular Stiffness*
Young Adult

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