Thermovisual evaluation of acupuncture points

Author: Aleck Ovechkin A 1//Lee SM 2//Kim K-S 3
OVTON Ltd., Thermovisual Diagnostics, Acupuncture, 11 Bikova St., 68, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia 603136 [1]//Medical Electronics Lab., Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, P.O. Box 111, Suwon, Korea [2]//Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Medicine, Kon Kuk University, Korea [3]
Conference/Journal: Acupuncture & Electro-Therapeutics Res., Int. J
Date published: 2001
Other: Volume ID: 26 , Issue ID: 1-2 , Pages: 11-23 , Word Count: 128

The aim of our study is to evaluate the temperature distributions around the acupuncture points and channels by visualizing the infrared emissions emanated from the human skin. Our thermal imaging system that is the most sensitive to 10m long infrared wavelength allows us to recognize the actual location of acupuncture point and analyze its functional condition by examining the temperature gradient between the point and its surrounding skin area. The temperature perception of acupuncture point on extremities is especially important since its location and functional condition have a tendency to be altered if one contract disease such as immunodeficiency, arterial hypertension, and dyskinesia of biliary ducts. Also, thermovisual examinations over the acupuncture points allow us to perform the objective medical treatments by observing the transition of temperature gradients.