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August 31, 2005

Nei Guan (PC6) Stimulation helps reduce GERD mechanism

A neat study showed that minor stimulation at Nei Guan (Pericardium 6) caused 40% fewer relaxations of the Esophogeal sphincter (a known mechanism in the causes of Gastroesophogeal Reflux Disorder (GERD)): Link

I like the way this was done. Mild electrical stimulation on PC6 and the same at a "sham" point near the hip. As opposed to judging the efficacy by pure patient reporting this was marked evidence in actual muscle workings within the body structure. These types of studies are exactly what Acupuncture needs, because though the mechanism for GERD is not totally understood, if we can prove that it has a direct effect on the mechanism, not on what the patient perceives, that my friends is hard, reproducible science.

Posted by Admin at August 31, 2005 04:53 PM