Patch clamp: a powerful technique for studying the mechanism of acupuncture.

Author: Zhang D.
Affiliation: Department of Mechanics and Engineering Science, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433, China ; Shanghai Research Center for Acupuncture and Meridians, Shanghai 201203, China.
Conference/Journal: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med.
Date published: 2012
Other: Volume ID: 2012 , Pages: 534219 , Word Count: 62

Cellular and molecular events can be investigated using electrophysiological techniques. In particular, the patch-clamp method provides detailed information. In addition, the patch-clamp technique has become a powerful method for investigating the mechanisms underlying the effects of acupuncture. In this paper, recent researches on how acupuncture might modulate electrophysiological responses in the central nervous system (CNS) and affect peripheral structures are reviewed.
PMID: 23133497