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Am J Chin Med. 1992 ; 20(2): 115-26.

Effect of acupuncture at right Hoku point on the bilateral vibration-induced finger flexion reflex in man.

Takakura N, Kanamaru A, Sibuya M, Homma I.

Japan Central Acupuncture and Moxibustion College, Tokyo, Japan.

Vibration applied to the volar side of the finger tip has been reported to induce finger flexion reflex. Acupuncture is reported to inhibit this vibration-induced finger flexion reflex (VFR) in the ipsilateral hand. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of unilateral acupuncture in the hand on VFR in both hands. As no systematic study on the relationship between VFR and the force of voluntary contraction with no vibration (Initial Force: IF) has been reported, this relationship was studied prior to the present study on acupuncture. VFR was induced by mechanical vibration on the volar side of the middle finger tip with 10 g to 500 g IF. With approximately 300 g IF, VFR was consistent. Therefore, approximately 300 g IF was applied for VFR induction to study the effect of acupuncture on VFR. A stainless steel needle was inserted into the right Hoku point and remained inserted (in-situ technique) for 10 minutes. VFR in both hands was significantly decreased by acupuncture at the right Hoku point (% control force of VFR: right, 67.8%; left, 74.6%). The present results suggest that acupuncture in the unilateral hand influences the bilateral reflex arc of VFR.

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