Changes in Electrical Skin Resistance at Gallbladder 34 (GB34)

Sybille Kramer, Daniela Zaps, Bernhard Wiegele, Dominik Irnich
2008 Journal of Acupuncture & Meridian Studies  
Objective: Electrodermal screening is widely used in the acupuncture community for point location, diagnosis and therapy. However the underlying theory that electrical skin resis tance (ESR) of an area corresponding to an acupuncture point (AP) is lower than ESR of the surrounding areas is yet to be proven. The objective of this study was to evaluate and quantify the phenomenon of ESR changes at the Gallbladder 34 (GB34) Acupuncture Point (AP). Materials and Methods: In this single-blinded
more » ... GB34 was measured bilaterally in 43 healthy volunteers. Electrical skin resistance measurements (ESRMs) were performed with a specially designed array consisting of 64 (8 × 8) electrodes on an area of 6 × 6 cm. Then the electrodes corresponding to the AP were identified and compared with those of the surrounding electrodes with Wilcoxon rank sum test. Values for p of less than 0.05 were considered statistically significant. Results: Eighty-one ESRMs were evaluated. ESR was significantly different from the surrounding skin area in 27 (33.3%) cases with 15 (18.5%) points showing a lower and 12 (14.1%) points showing a higher ESR. Conclusion: This shows that ESR changes at APs exist in one third of the measured points, a very low rate for a postulation that forms the basis of various diagnosis and therapy systems.
doi:10.1016/s2005-2901(09)60028-5 pmid:20633460 fatcat:ijw2dhgljfgavgvozhloyhb7ki