Am J Chin Med. 1998 ; 26(1): 19-27.
Topography of low skin resistance points (LSRP) in rats.
School of Pharmacy, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University, Taipei.
Based on the electrical properties of the skin, a method employing the unijunction transistor (UJT) relaxation oscillator for detecting low skin resistance points (LSRP) was developed in this study. By means of this instrumentation, the topography of the LSRP in Wistar rats was developed. All the LSRP in the rats were found to be bilaterally and symmetrically distributed except those points located on the dorsal midline (i.e., governor vessel, GV) and the ventral midline (i.e., conception vessel, CV). The resistances of the LSRP on these two major vessels, including 14 CV points and 17 GV points of six rats were experimentally determined to be in the ranges of 179.4 +/- 41.2 K omega and 152.5 +/- 32.2 K omega, respectively. The resistances of the GV points were found in general to be lower than those of the CV points. Most non-LSRP, on the other hand, exhibited resistances of greater than 420 K omega. It is noted that the resistances of most LSRP increased yet still retained a separate identity within thirty minutes after the death of the animals, but the low resistance properties of some LSRP gradually disappeared thereafter and could not be detected by the relaxation oscillator.