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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative MedicineVolume 2013 2013, Article ID 371543, 5 pages

Research Article

Guang-anmen Hospital, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing 100053, China

Institute of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing 100700, China

Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115, USA

Received 18 April 2013; Revised 17 June 2013; Accepted 24 June 2013

Academic Editor: Cun-Zhi Liu

Copyright © 2013 Xiaoling Wang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Deqi sensation, a psychophysical response characterized by a spectrum of different needling sensations, is essential for Chinese acupuncture clinical efficacy. Previous research works have investigated the component of Deqi response upon acupuncture on acupoints on the trunk and limbs. However, the characteristics of Deqi sensations of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation TENS on auricular points are seldom reported. In this study, we investigated the individual components of Deqi during TENS on auricular concha area and the superior scapha using quantitative measurements in the healthy subjects and depression patients. The most striking characteristics of Deqi sensations upon TENS on auricular points were tingling, numbness, and fullness. The frequencies of pressure, warmness, heaviness, and soreness were relatively lower. The dull pain and coolness are rare. The characteristics of Deqi were similar for the TENS on concha and on the superior scapha.

Author: Xiaoling Wang, Jiliang Fang, Qing Zhao, Yangyang Fan, Jun Liu, Yang Hong, Honghong Wang, Yunyao Ma, Chunhua Xu, Shan Shi,



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