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Changes in skin impedance and heart rate variability with application of Acu-TENS to BL 13 (Feishu).
J Altern Complement Med. 2013 Jun; 19(6):558-63.JA

Abstract

OBJECTIVES

To investigate the change of skin impedance of acupoints along the Lung meridian in response to transcutaneous electrical nervous stimulation over an acupoint (Acu-TENS) over BL13 (Feishu).

DESIGN

This was a double-blinded, randomized, controlled crossover study.

SETTINGS/LOCATION

The study was conducted in a laboratory.

SUBJECTS

Eighteen (18) healthy individuals comprised the study subjects.

INTERVENTIONS

The intervention was a session of 45-minute Acu-TENS (application of TENS on BL13, Feishu) or placebo-TENS (similar to Acu-TENS but without electrical output).

OUTCOME MEASURES

Skin impedance at 10 acupoints on the Lung meridian was recorded before and after the 45-minute intervention period. Heart rate variability during the intervention was analyzed from continuous heart rate monitoring.

RESULTS

Skin impedance at all acupoints along the lung meridian decreased significantly after Acu-TENS, when compared to placebo-TENS (p<0.05). A significant reduction in sympathetic activity was also observed after Acu-TENS (p=0.012).

CONCLUSIONS

Acu-TENS appears to modify skin impedance of acupoints along a related meridian and possibly modulates sympathovagal balance.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Center for East-meets-West in Rehabilitation Sciences, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.No affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Randomized Controlled Trial
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23210470

Citation

Ngai, Shirley P C., and Alice Y M. Jones. "Changes in Skin Impedance and Heart Rate Variability With Application of Acu-TENS to BL 13 (Feishu)." Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.), vol. 19, no. 6, 2013, pp. 558-63.
Ngai SP, Jones AY. Changes in skin impedance and heart rate variability with application of Acu-TENS to BL 13 (Feishu). J Altern Complement Med. 2013;19(6):558-63.
Ngai, S. P., & Jones, A. Y. (2013). Changes in skin impedance and heart rate variability with application of Acu-TENS to BL 13 (Feishu). Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.), 19(6), 558-63. https://doi.org/10.1089/acm.2012.0097
Ngai SP, Jones AY. Changes in Skin Impedance and Heart Rate Variability With Application of Acu-TENS to BL 13 (Feishu). J Altern Complement Med. 2013;19(6):558-63. PubMed PMID: 23210470.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Changes in skin impedance and heart rate variability with application of Acu-TENS to BL 13 (Feishu). AU - Ngai,Shirley P C, AU - Jones,Alice Y M, Y1 - 2012/12/04/ PY - 2012/12/6/entrez PY - 2012/12/6/pubmed PY - 2013/10/22/medline SP - 558 EP - 63 JF - Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.) JO - J Altern Complement Med VL - 19 IS - 6 N2 - OBJECTIVES: To investigate the change of skin impedance of acupoints along the Lung meridian in response to transcutaneous electrical nervous stimulation over an acupoint (Acu-TENS) over BL13 (Feishu). DESIGN: This was a double-blinded, randomized, controlled crossover study. SETTINGS/LOCATION: The study was conducted in a laboratory. SUBJECTS: Eighteen (18) healthy individuals comprised the study subjects. INTERVENTIONS: The intervention was a session of 45-minute Acu-TENS (application of TENS on BL13, Feishu) or placebo-TENS (similar to Acu-TENS but without electrical output). OUTCOME MEASURES: Skin impedance at 10 acupoints on the Lung meridian was recorded before and after the 45-minute intervention period. Heart rate variability during the intervention was analyzed from continuous heart rate monitoring. RESULTS: Skin impedance at all acupoints along the lung meridian decreased significantly after Acu-TENS, when compared to placebo-TENS (p<0.05). A significant reduction in sympathetic activity was also observed after Acu-TENS (p=0.012). CONCLUSIONS: Acu-TENS appears to modify skin impedance of acupoints along a related meridian and possibly modulates sympathovagal balance. SN - 1557-7708 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23210470/Changes_in_skin_impedance_and_heart_rate_variability_with_application_of_Acu_TENS_to_BL_13__Feishu__ L2 - https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/acm.2012.0097?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&amp;rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&amp;rfr_dat=cr_pub=pubmed DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -