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Neurosci Lett. 1980 Sep; 19(2): 209-12.

Inhibitory effect of acpuncture on the vibration-induced finger flexion reflex in man.

Homma I, Endo Y, Sakai T.

The effect of acupuncture on the tonic finger flexion reflex caused by mechanical vibration of the index finger was studied in healthy man. The volar side of the index finger was tapped by a vibrator (100 Hz), while flexion forces were recorded. A silver needle inserted into the acupuncture point (Wai-Kuan) inhibited the vibration-induced finger flexion reflex. In this study, the inhibitory effect of acupuncture on the reflex contraction, rather than pain sensation and analgesia, was demonstrated.

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