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J Acupunct Meridian Stud. 2014 Jun;7(3):133-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jams.2013.12.001. Epub 2013 Dec 31.

The effect of short-term bed-rest on radial pulse in healthy subjects.

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  • 1Department of Meridian and Acupoint, College of Korean Medicine, Daejeon University, Daejeon, South Korea. Electronic address:
  • 2Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Medicine, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea.


The objective of this study is to investigate the effects of short-term bed rest on the radial pulse in healthy subjects. Twenty-one healthy volunteers participated in this study. Their radial pulse was measured at different measuring positions using a multi-step tonometry system. The participants took 30 minutes of bed rest and their radial pulse was measured before and after the bed rest. The effects of bed rest on the radial pulse were analyzed. The pulse area, the amplitudes of h4 and h5, the pulse period, and the diastolic pulse proportion increased with short-term bed rest, whereas the proportions of systolic and hightension pulse and the fundamental frequency of the pulse wave decreased with short-term bed rest. All the changes were in the same direction in both male and female participants at all measuring positions; however, some parameters changed more in women than in men, and some changed more at the distal position than at the proximal position. In shortly, Short-term bed rest induces significant changes in the radial pulse of healthy subjects. The results of this study could be used as a control reference for clinical acupuncture studies with participants lying on a bed for acupuncture treatment.

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control reference; pulse diagnosis; radial pulse; short-term bed rest

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