The meridian system and mechanism of acupuncture: A comparative review. Part 3: Mechanisms of acupuncture therapies.

Author: Chang S.
Affiliation: Department of Electrical Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan. Electronic address:
Conference/Journal: Taiwan J Obstet Gynecol.
Date published: 2013 Jun
Other: Volume ID: 52 , Issue ID: 2 , Pages: 171-84 , Special Notes: doi: 10.1016/j.tjog.2013.04.005 , Word Count: 220

The human body is a hierarchical organism containing many levels of mutually interacting oscillatory systems. From the viewpoint of traditional Chinese medicine, health is a state of harmony emergent from the interactions of these systems and disease is a state of discord. Hence, human diseases are considered as disturbed functions rather than changed structures. Indeed, the change from normal to abnormal structure may be beneficent rather than maleficent. For example, when one kidney becomes twice the normal size following the destruction of the other kidney, it is good and not bad for us because we might be dead otherwise. Therefore, in Part 3 of this three-part series, emphasis is mainly laid on the acupuncture mechanisms of treating disturbed physiological functions rather than disordered structures. At first, the basic tenets of conventional neuroscience and cardiology are reevaluated so that clear understanding of how nervous and cardiovascular systems work together can be obtained. Then, the general principles of diagnosis and treatment in traditional Chinese medicine from the integrative perspective of complex dynamic systems are proposed. Finally, mechanisms of acupuncture therapies for treating 14 different categories of disorders will be elucidated via the magneto-electric inductive effects of the meridian system.
Copyright © 2013. Published by Elsevier B.V.
chaotic wave theory of fractal continuum, complex dynamic systems, magneto-electric induction, mechanisms of acupuncture therapies, meridian system

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