Mechanical signaling through connective tissue: a mechanism for the therapeutic effect of acupuncture
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Mechanical signaling through connective tissue
Abstract: 

The mechanism of action of acupuncture remains largely unknown. The reaction to acupuncture needling known as 'de qi', widely viewed as essential to the therapeutic effect of acupuncture, may be a key to understanding its mechanism of action. De qi includes a characteristic needling sensation, perceived by the patient, and 'needle grasp' perceived by the acupuncturist. During needle grasp, the acupuncturist feels pulling and increased resistance to further movement of the inserted needle. We hypothesize that 1) needle grasp is due to mechanical coupling between the needle and connective tissue with winding of tissue around the needle during needle rotation and 2) needle manipulation transmits a mechanical signal to connective tissue cells via mechanotransduction. Such a mechanism may explain local and remote, as well as long-term effects of acupuncture.

Author(s): 
Langevin, H. M.
Churchill, D. L.
Cipolla, M. J.
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
FASEB journal: official publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Journal Abbreviation: 
FASEB J.
Publication Date: 
Oct 2001
Publication Year: 
2001
Pages: 
2275-2282
Volume: 
15
Issue: 
12
ISSN: 
1530-6860
DOI: 
10.1096/fj.01-0015hyp
Library Catalog: 
NCBI Published Medical (?)
Extra: 
PMID: 11641255

Turabian/Chicago Citation

H. M. Langevin, D. L. Churchill and M. J. Cipolla. Oct 2001. "Mechanical signaling through connective tissue: a mechanism for the therapeutic effect of acupuncture." FASEB journal: official publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology 15: 12: 2275-2282. 10.1096/fj.01-0015hyp.

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