An integrated instrument system and mechanism investigation for electroacupuncture
Acupuncture has had a long and interesting history. However acupuncture still faces
challenge from its mechanism explanation. The traditional acupuncture theory may not
fully explain electroacupuncture. This study carries out an investigation into
electroacupuncture from bioenergy, bioelectricity, and electrotherapy points of view. An
experimental and theoretical study of the electrical property of acupoints is conducted.
An equivalent model of tissues under electroacupuncture electrical field is developed. In
conjunction with this, an improved technique is used in the resistance test to investigate
the electrical properties of acupoints, in which the "least-value hunting" method, forcecontrollable
probe, and square electrical waveform have been adopted.
The currently used apparatus for electroacupuncture is improved by the development of
computer-based electroacupuncture instrumentation. On the basis of this development,
the methodology of Internet-based remote control and monitoring is introduced in the
therapeutic and training process. A standardised and quantified elctroacupuncture is
investigated through the implementation of a fuzzy decision making system. The fuzzy
controllers are developed and embedded in a PC-based instrumentation system to
overcome "accommodation", which occurs during the electroacupuncture process.