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Medicines (Basel). 2019 Aug 10;6(3). pii: E87. doi: 10.3390/medicines6030087.

Robot-Controlled Acupuncture-An Innovative Step towards Modernization of the Ancient Traditional Medical Treatment Method.

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1
Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 704, Taiwan.
2
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Research Center Graz, Research Unit of Biomedical Engineering in Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, and Research Unit for Complementary and Integrative Laser Medicine, Medical University of Graz, 8036 Graz, Austria. gerhard.litscher@medunigraz.at.

Abstract

Background: For several years now, research teams worldwide have been conducting high-tech research on the development of acupuncture robots. In this article, the design of such an acupuncture robot is presented. Methods: Robot-controlled acupuncture (RCA) equipment consists of three components: (a) Acupuncture point localization, (b) acupuncture point stimulation through a robotic arm, and (c) automated detection of a deqi event for the efficacy of acupuncture point stimulation. Results: This system is under development at the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan. Acupuncture point localization and acupuncture point stimulation through a robotic arm works well; however, automated detection of a deqi sensation is still under development. Conclusions: RCA has become a reality and is no longer a distant vision.

KEYWORDS:

computer-controlled acupuncture (CCA); high-tech acupuncture; robot-assisted acupuncture (RAA); robot-controlled acupuncture (RCA)

PMID:
31405133
DOI:
10.3390/medicines6030087
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