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2022 Jan 25

Zhen Ci Yan Jiu



[The significance of “A neuroanatomical basis for electroacupuncture to drive the vagal-adrenal axis” published in for acupuncture research].


Su Y-S, Li Y-M, Jing X-H, Wang Y-Q, Han S-P, Pan W-X, Peng Z-F, Wang S-B, Zhu B
Zhen Ci Yan Jiu. 2022 Jan 25; 47(1):1-6.
PMID: 35128863.


October 2021, published an original research article entitled , which draws great attention and arouses extensive discussion in the acupuncture field. Based on previous findings, this study demonstrates that the abundant innervation of PROKR2-Cre neurons in deep fascia tissues mediates the anti-inflammatory effect induced by low-intensity electroacupuncture stimulation at "Zusanli"(ST36) or "Shousanli"(LI10) via the "vagal-adrenal axis". This study is one of milestones in the field of acupuncture basic research and represents a great achievement generated by multi-discipline integration of acupuncture and neuro-immunology. It reveals partial contributing factors involved in acupuncture's effect and the relative specificity of the neuroanatomical basis of acupoints in the context of immune modulation. This study is both very informative and instructive for the innovation and clinical translation of future acupuncture research. Acupuncture researchers are recommended to attach great importance to this study in terms of its research strategy,methods and findings.