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The science of acupuncture-theory and practice

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Tsuei, J.J. ; Graduate Inst. of Traditional Med., Nat. Yang-Ming Univ. Sch. of Med., Taiwan

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years and is effective in a wide range of situations. It has not been integrated into modern health care primarily because of lingering suspicions that it is not scientific. A bioenergetic model has been developed to explain nearly all aspects of acupuncture and meridian theory, but there remains a definite prejudice against human energetic theories in the medical-scientific community, which must be overcome before integration can take place. The electrodermal screening test (EDST) and electrodermal screening device (EDSD) are outgrowths of the scientific, electromagnetic understanding of meridian theory. The EDST may appear similar to other modern diagnostic techniques such as MRT, but there are important differences. The EDST is also based on ancient practices and is safer and more holistic, versatile, and cost effective. The device is elegantly simple and not extremely expensive. Hopefully, it will help free medical progress from its dependence on ever more expensive and specialized medical instrumentation. This alone would have a profound effect on health care cost and accessibility. The quality of health care will also improve with integration of the EDST into modern medical practice. Because the EDST makes use of the body's meridian system, it can map and help analyze the body's own signals, making it particularly useful in early diagnosis. With its solid theoretical foundation in modern physics and quantum mechanics, it is perhaps the most "modern" medical methodology available today

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Engineering in Medicine and Biology Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:15 ,  Issue: 3 )