Possible insights into the respiration pacesetter mechanism derived from observations at acupuncture points

Published: 13 Feb 2019 | Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/bh8xmpfs48.1

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This data compliments a paper entitled: Possible insights into the respiration pacesetter mechanism derived from observations at acupuncture points. The paper fully describes and analyses the data.

At the time of writing, the paper is still in production. Please see the links at the end of this dataset, which will be updated once the paper is published.

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The subject exercised by running on the spot for 3 minutes, which caused his respiration rate to increase. Then the real-time impedance at the following acupuncture points (acupoints) was monitored while he sat relaxed as his respiration rate slowed: left Lung-6 (Kongzui), Lung-9 (Taiyuan), Stomach-19 (Burong), Stomach-36 (Zusanli), and bilateral Kidney-3 (Taixi). A thermistor was also placed under his nose to record his breathing cycle.
The acupoints were first located by an acupuncturist with 13 years experience in Chinese acupuncture, then the location of lowest impedance was verified electrically, and this was used as the test location.

At each acupoint, a pair of custom-made electrodes were used, set at a distance of 6 mm apart (the second acting as a control), and a standard ECG electrode was attached at about 5 cm from each acupoint, as an earth. Gel was used on each electrode. A 40 kHz 200 mv sine wave was passed through the electrodes, and the voltage monitored. A custom-made unit converted the monitored voltages to DC, then passed these to a data logger which sampled the voltages at 1 kHz. The thermistor was attached to a simple voltage divider circuit and a direct current passed through it. The voltage across the thermistor was monitored by another data logger, also sampling at 1 kHz. An Access database and macro was used to control the data loggers and convert the voltage samples into kΩ and Celsius values, before they were imported into Matlab and filtered to produce the plots.

Full details of all the techniques and equipment used (including how to reliably locate acupoints electrically) can be found in the following documents.

The subject was a male, aged 34. In Chinese medicine terms, he suffered poor stomach and pancreas function (usually known as “Stomach chi deficiency” and “Spleen chi deficiency”); and also poor “kidney” function (known as “Kidney chi deficiency”).
The subject had not eaten a large meal since the previous evening. The recording began at 13:04 on 9 November 2018 and lasted for 600 s (10 mins). At 458 s, he held his breath for 17 s. He pressed a footswitch to indicate the start and end of holding his breath. This produced 2 time values, which are marked on the plots with vertical green lines.

He sighed at the following times (length of sigh in brackets), which are visible on the thermistor plot of Figure 1: 133.7 (4.1 s), 203.2 (10.7 s), 284.4 (9.8 s), 425.6 (7.6 s).

After the recording, it was noted that the following electrodes had moved from their marked position, which probably happened during the initial running on the spot: left Kidney-3 (by 4mm distal), left Lung-9 (by 2mm proximal), and left Stomach-19 (by 3mm caudal).
Informed consent was obtained.

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  • Version 1


    Published: 2019-02-13

    DOI: 10.17632/bh8xmpfs48.1

    Cite this dataset

    Kovich, Fletcher (2019), “Possible insights into the respiration pacesetter mechanism derived from observations at acupuncture points”, Mendeley Data, v1 http://dx.doi.org/10.17632/bh8xmpfs48.1


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