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Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine ›› 2012, Vol. 10 ›› Issue (2): 135-140.doi: 10.3736/jcim20120203

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Research and application progress of the infrared effects of moxibustion

Zheng Ying()   

  1. Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Fangsong Community Health Service Center of Songjiang District, Shanghai 201620, China
  • Received:2011-06-10 Accepted:2011-07-12 Online:2012-02-20 Published:2018-10-09

Moxibustion therapy is a commonly used external treatment method for numerous conditions and general health care. Besides the effects of the drugs, infrared-heat and radiation spectrum are also the manner of action. By collecting the literature about thermal radiation and infrared spectrum features of moxibustion, the author reported the novel studies on the thermal effect of moxibustion including factors that impacted the temperature, infrared spectrum features, apparatus based on infrared technology employed in clinic for moxibusiton and characteristics of temperature sensitivity. The author also identified some existing problems and provided advice for future application and research.

Key words: moxibustion, infrared rays, thermal radiation, acupoint heat-sensitization, acupuncture effects, review

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