Physiological Measurement and Chaos Analysis for Qigong Practice and Acupuncture Treatment

Author: Ueda Y//Kashiba H//Ishii M//Nakayoshi T
Dept. Physiology, Kansai College of Oriental Medicine (Osaka, Japan)
Conference/Journal: J Intl Soc Life Info Science
Date published: 1997
Other: Volume ID: 15 , Issue ID: 2 , Pages: 306-319 , Word Count: 169

It is well-known that the human body is in a balanced state of fluctuations or vibrations. Therefore, chaos analysis was used to investigate these changes. Visualization of the fluctuation waves was attempted using (1) the change of a sphygmogram during meditation or concentration, (2) the change of a sphygmogram during acupuncture stimulation at the Hoku point, and (3) the change of the H-wave repetitive-evoked electromyography (RE-EMG) under the influence of acupuncture anesthesia (A.A.). Each fluctuation could be represented by an attractor, and the Lyapunov exponent was calculated as the parameter of the attractor, making it possible to show the effects of the mental state and acupuncture on the state of the human body.
Results showed acupuncture could influence the fluctuations of the human body and could restore balance in its. A.A. blocked control from the central nervous system and affected the reflex system. Meditation practice showed a chaos state similar to that of qigong practice, but the chaos state during visualization differed from that of meditation practice or qigong practice.