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J Acupunct Res > Volume 30(1); 2013 > Article
Published online February 21, 2013.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.13045/kamms.2013007   
The Effects of Different Moxibustion Stimulation at Abdominal Acupoints (CV12, CV6, CV4) on the Skin Temperature Changes
Yu Ri Kim1, Seung Hee Noh1, Gi Young Yang2, Tae Han Yook3, Jong Uk Kim3
1Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine, Pusan National University Korean Medicine Hospital
2Division of Clinical Medicine, School of Korean Medicine, Pusan National University
3Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine, College of Korean Medicine, Woosuk University
*Corresponding author.
Jong Uk Kim
Tel: +82-63-220-8625   Email: ju1110@hanmail.net
Objectives : This study aimed to investigate the difference of abdominal skin temperature responses following moxibustion comparing stimulation method.

Methods :
Moxibustion was applied on the acupuncture points of CV4, CV6, CV12. Thirty healthy men were randomly divided into two groups, one receiving a single moxibustion stimulation in three locations ‘CV4ㆍCV6ㆍCV12’(n=15) and the other receiving triple moxibustion stimulations in one location ‘CV12’(n=15) for 30 min. To obtain the skin temperature on abdominal region, a thermograph was used. Three arbitrary frames(the upper abdominal, lower abdominal, whole abdominal regions) were made to analyse skin temperature. Thermographic images were obtained at before and after the procedure of indirect moxibustion and 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 min afterwards.

Results :
An increase in skin temperature on the three abdominal regions was observed following both one point and three points moxibustion administrations. Significant increase in skin temperature of the whole abdominal region was observed at 30 min after the procedure of three points moxibustion compared with one point moxibustion stimulation. A tendency of skin temperature changes over time was observed.

Conclusions :
In this study, skin temperature of lower abdominal region does not increase after triple moxibustion stimulations on CV12. Administration of single moxibustion on CV4, CV6, CV12 makes greater changes in skin temperature on the whole abdominal region than triple moxibustion on CV12.
Keywords: Moxibustion; Thermograph; Skin temperature; Stimulation method
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