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Acupuncture point locations for experimental animal studies in rats and mice
동물실험을 위한 흰쥐와 생쥐의 경혈위치
Korean J Acupunct 2010;27:67-78
Published online September 27, 2010
© 2010 Society for Meridian and Acupoint.

Sung-Tae Koo1 , Sun-Kwang Kim2 , E-Hwa Kim3 , Jae-Hyo Kim4 , Dae-Hwan Youn5 ,
Bong-Hyo Lee6 , Youn-Byoung Chae7 , Il-Hwan Choi8 , Sun-Mi Choi9
구성태1, 김선광2, 김이화3, 김재효4, 윤대환5, 이봉효6, 채윤병7, 최일환8, 최선미9
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Objectives : The aim of the study is to draw a consensus in acupuncture point locations
(APLs) which are frequently used in experimental animal studies. Well-documented APL is
needed not only for human but also for rodents because stimulation of precise point is very
important factor in acupuncture.
Methods : We organized a committee with experts to reach a consensus on the APLs in rat.
The subject points were limited to 22 points used in the papers published at international
peer-review journals. To describe point locations, we adopted the syntax of sentence used in
the WHO standard acupuncture point locations.
Results : Locations of 22 acupuncture points such as ST36, LI4, PC6, and SP6 were described
in English with photographic illustrations. Interestingly, we found that ST36 had been
inserted into 2 different locations in rodent. Under consideration of practical use, the location
of ST36 point was described in 2 different ways.
Conclusion : We hope that newly developed APLs would be a good indicator of acupuncture
experiments in rats and mice.
Keywords: Acupuncture point, Rat, Mouse, Transpositional point

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