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The Journal of Internal Korean Medicine 2014;35(1): 24-36.
중완(中脘)에 신기구 뜸시술이 뇌혈류 및 말초혈류 변화에 미치는 영향
김도형1,3, 박승찬1,3, 조민경2,3, 권정남2,3, 홍진우2,3, 이인2,3
1부산대학교 한의학전문대학원 한의과학과
2부산대학교 한의학전문대학원 한의학과
3부산대학교 한방병원 한방내과
The Effects of Moxibustion at CV12 on Cerebral Blood Flow and Peripheral Blood Flow
Do-hyung Kim1,3, Seung-chan Park1,3, Min-kyoung Cho2,3, Jung-nam Kwon2,3, Jin-woo Hong2,3, In Lee2,3
1Dept. of Korean Medical Science, School of Korean Medicine, Pu-san National University
2Dept. of Korean Medicine, School of Korean Medicine, Pu-san National University
3Dept. of Internal Medicine, Korean Medicine Hospital of Pu-san National University
Correspondence  In Lee ,Tel: 055-360-5960, Email: leein21@hanmail.net
  Published online: March 30, 2014.
This study was performed to evaluate the effects of moxibustion on cerebral blood flow, peripheral blood flow and blood pressure.

Methods :
We designed a randomized, cross-over study that included 20 healthy, male volunteers who were randomly assigned to one of two groups (the moxibustion group or the control group). The initial trial was followed by a washout period of one week before the groups were switched and the trial repeated. The cerebral blood flow and peripheral blood flow of the volunteers in both groups were measured by mean velocity (Vm), peak systolic velocity (Vs), pulsatility index (PI), perfusion units (PU) and mean blood pressure (BP) before the intervention (baseline), 30 minutes after the intervention, and again 60 minutes after the intervention.

1. The Vm increased significantly in the moxibustion group. The Vs also constantly increased in moxibustion group, but there was no significant difference. 2. The PI decreased significantly in the control group at 0-30 minutes and in the moxibustion group at 30-60 minutes. 3. The PU constantly decreased in moxibustion group. In control group, the PU decreased at 30 minutes and increased slightly at 60 minutes. 4. The mean blood pressure did not show any significant difference between the two groups.

This study shows that moxibustion at CV12 increased the cerebral blood flow. Based on this result, we can suggest that moxibustion at CV12 might be helpful in improving the functional recovery of stroke patients. However, further research needs to be conducted on a larger numbers of subjects in order to confirm these effects.
Key words: Moxibustion, CV12, transcranial doppler ultrasonography, laser doppler blood perfusion imager, blood flow
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