Role of Parameter Setting in Electroacupuncture: Current Scenario and Future Prospects

Yuan-Yuan Zhang, Qi-Liang Chen, Qiong Wang, Shan-Shan Ding, Shu-Nan Li, Shu-Jiao Chen, Xue-Juan Lin, Can-Dong Li, Tetsuya Asakawa
Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine 2020 July 20
Acupuncture is an ancient therapeutic method based on the theory of Chinese medicine (CM). Traditional acupuncture has many limitations; it is subjective and relies more on the experience of an acupuncturist, and the efficacy is sometimes irreproducible. In contrast, electroacupuncture (EA) has special characteristics in terms of objectivity and stability, thereby gaining considerable attention. Parameter setting plays a crucial role in EA practice. The current paper summarizes the current situation and limitations of parameter setting in EA practice. Objectification is the tendency and future of CM as well as EA. With the development of computerized technologies, such as wearable sensors, vast data, and artificial intelligence, CM syndromes can be successfully objectified. We propose the development of a novel self-feedback-adjust EA system, which may improve the parameter setting in EA and be beneficial to both the patients and clinicians.

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