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An Overview of Electroacupuncture Research Trend in Korea
한국의 전침연구 동향 분석
Korean J Acupunct 2018;35:123-129
Published online September 27, 2018;
© 2018 Society for Meridian and Acupoint.

Sunoh Kwon1* , Jeong Won Lee2* , Seungtae Kim3
권선오1*, 이정원2*, 김승태3

1Herbal Medicine Research Division, Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine, 2Department of Healthcare Management, Dong-Eui University, 3Division of Meridian and Structural Medicine, School of Korean Medicine, Pusan National University
1한국한의학연구원 한약연구부, 2동의대학교 의료보건생활대학 의료경영학과, 3부산대학교 한의학전문대학원 경락구조의학부
Correspondence to: Seungtae Kim
Division of Meridian and Structural Medicine, School of Korean Medicine, Pusan National University, 49 Busandaehak-ro, Mulgeum-eup, Yangsan 50612, Korea
Tel: +82-51-510-8473, Fax: +82-51-510-8437, E-mail:
*These authors contributed equally to this work.
Received August 27, 2018; Revised September 12, 2018; Accepted September 15, 2018.
This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Objectives : Electroacupuncture is a procedure in which pulses of weak electrical current are sent through acupuncture needles into acupuncture points in the skin. Since the 1970s, electroacupuncture has been widely used for treating various diseases including pain, inflammatory diseases and neurodegenerative diseases and electroacupuncture research has also been actively conducted in Korea. This study was designed to assess the tendencies and research performances in Korea.
Methods : Articles referring to electroacupuncture in Korea were searched in Korean Studies Information Service System, Oriental Medicine Advanced Searching Integrated System, DBpia, Pubmed and Scopus, and assessed by distribution of document types, published articles, source institutes, journals, and subject categories.
Results : Total 677 articles were included in this study. Among them, basic researches were 395, clinical researches were 210, reviews were 68 and others were 4. Kyung Hee university published the most articles, followed by Wonkwang univresity, Daejeon university and Pusan national university in Korean institutes. Journal of Acupuncture Research published the most articles, followed by Korean Journal of Acupuncture, Journal of Korean medicine rehabilitation and Journal of physiology & pathology in Korean medicine among journals. Animals were used in the most articles, followed by human, literatures and protocol in subject categories. The number of articles per year was related to the increase of research fund and the number per institution was related to the number of professors and researchers.
Conclusions : In order to carry out better electroacupuncture researches, it is necessary to cultivate electroacupuncture researchers and increase in research funds.
Keywords: acupuncture, electroacupuncture, research, trend, Korea

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