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The di-zhen DZ is an ancient type of acupuncture needle with a history dating back more than 2000 years. Unlike modern acupuncture needles, the DZ is not inserted subcutaneously, and is safely and commonly used at the bedside. The mechanisms underlying its effects are not known. In this study, we measured sublingual and cutaneous body temperature, pulse rate, oxygen pressure PO2, oxygen saturation sO2 and carbon dioxide pressure PCO2 before and after DZ application in 25 healthy male volunteers. Serum levels of catecholamines adrenaline, noradrenaline and dopamine and white blood cells WBCs; ratio and number were traced for one week. Soon after DZ application, pulse rate, body temperature, PO2 and sO2 all decreased. The serum levels of adrenaline and noradrenaline increased, indicating sympathetic dominance, and the number of granulocytes was elevated. One week after DZ application, the number of lymphocyte increased. We therefore suggest that DZ affects body temperature, pulse rate, catecholamine secretion and immune function by inducing transient sympathetic dominance via actions on the autonomic nervous system. These effects are similar to the effects observed with modern needles, which are inserted subcutaneously. Therefore, we consider DZ treatment to be advantageous and safe in modern clinical practice, especially in post-surgical and terminal care, as it avoids the issues with infection and tissue damage sometimes seen with modern acupuncture needles.

KEYWORDS

Di-Zhen DZ; Acupuncture; Body Temperature; Autonomic Nervous System ANS; White Blood Cells WBC; Immune System

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Watanabe, M. , Takano, O. , Tomiyama, C. , Matsumoto, H. , Urahigashi, N. , Kainuma, E. , Madarame, T. , Fukuda, M. and Abo, T. 2012 The effects of application of an ancient type of acupuncture needle on body temperature, immune function and the autonomic nerve system. Health, 4, 775-780. doi: 10.4236-health.2012.410120.





Autor: Mayumi Watanabe, Osamu Takano, Chikako Tomiyama, Hiroaki Matsumoto, Nobuatsu Urahigashi, Eisuke Kainuma, Takeo Madarame, Minoru F

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