The authors described clinical acupoint heat-sensitization phenomena,expounded relationship between characteristics of acupoint heat-sensitization and clinical effects of moxibustion therapy,and put forward the concept of acupoint sensitization. It is considered that human acupoints exit at two states ,a resting state and a sensitization state. When human body is at disease state, acupoints on the body surface might be sensitized ,and the sensitized acupoints show ＂great response to small stimulation＂ by ex ternal correlative stimulation ;Acupoint heat-sensitization is a type of acupoint sensitization,and the best stimulation of ＂heat＂-sensitized acupoint is heat stimulation of moxibustion. Therapeutic effect of stimulation at heat-sensitized acupoint is better than acupuncture at the acupoint at resting state. Moxibustion at heat-sensitized acupoints can easily trigger needling sensation propagating along the channel,indicating that arrival of qi produces effectiveness of moxibustion.
Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Needling sensation propagating along the channel
@ Acupoint heat-sensitization