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The Journal of Internal Korean Medicine 2007;28(3): 560-569.
호흡기계 환자에 대한 양도락․맥진검사의 진단적 가치
황준호, 정승연, 정승기
경희대학교 부속한방병원 알레르기․면역․호흡기내과학교실
The Diagnostic Values of Ryodoraku and Pulse Analysis for Respiratory Disease Patients
Joon-ho Hwang, Seung-yeon Jung, Sung-ki Jung
Department of (allergy, immunity, respiratory organs) Medicine, Oriental Hospital of Kyung-hee University
Correspondence  Sung-ki Jung ,Tel: 02-958-9147, Fax: 02-958-9148, Email: jskes@unitel.co.kr
  Published online: September 30, 2007.
Ryodoraku is a physiological function test using electric current, and is closely related to skin sympathetic tone. Pulse analysis is known to reflect cardiovascular reactivity. There has been no report on the correlation between ryodoraku and pulse analysis in respiratory diseases. The present study examined the diagnostic values of ryodoraku and pulse analysis for respiratory disease patients.

Methods :
For this study, we conducted ryodoraku and pulse analysis in 103 people including 79 respiratory disease outpatients who visited the 5th Internal Department of the Oriental Medicine Hospital of Kyung Hee University during the period from January 1, 2003 to July 25, 2006, and 24 volunteers who did not have any respiratory symptoms or disease history. The respiratory disease patients were divided into five sub-groups according to their symptom: cough-sputum group, wheezing-dyspnea group, nasal symptoms group, cold-prone group, and fatigue prone group. We compared the disease groups with the control group in six items as follows: mean ryodoraku, mean H1, mean elastic index, the percentage of those with mean ryodoraku below 40μA, the percentage of those with H1 beyond the physiological range, and the ratio of left : right of elastic index.

Results and Conclusions :
Ryodoraku and pulse analysis were found to have a high value as quantitative diagnosis tools reflecting individuals’ weakness and firmness. The results of this research suggest that ryodoraku and pulse analysis have value as tools for diagnosing respiratory diseases.
Key words: Ryodoraku, pulse analysis, respiratory diseases, diagnosis
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