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Choi, Oh, Cho, Kim, Kim, Lee, and Kim: Research on the Amount of Stimulus Differences According to Pharmacopuncture Injected dose and Characters Method※
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This study was designed to discover the difference in stimulation effect when the volume and insertion method of mountain ginseng pharmacopuncture was varied.


48 healthy people were randomly injected with 0.1, 0.3, 0.5, and 0.7 cc of mountain ginseng pharmacopuncture, perpendicularly or transversely at acupoints LI9 and LI10. The subjects noted their level of stimulation on a 100 mm visual analog scale(VAS) immediately after, 3 minutes after, and 5 minutes after the treatment.


There was no significant statistical difference in the stimulation strength between perpendicular injection and transverse injection pharmacopuncture. There was significant statistical difference in the stimulation strength when the volume of pharmacopuncture was varied. As the volume of pharmacopuncture increased from 0.1 cc to 0.3 cc, and to 0.5 cc, the stimulation strength increased as well.


We found that volume of pharmacopuncture may be a controlling element for mountain ginseng pharmacopuncture. Additional study is needed for pharmacopuncture’s stimulation adjusting factors.


This study was supported by a grant of the Traditional Korean Medicine R&D Project, Ministry for Health & Welfare, Republic of Korea(B110069)

Fig. 1.
Differences of stimulation strength by stimulation insertion method
VAS: visual analogue scale.
Fig. 2.
Differences of stimulation strength by insertion method according to the volume of pharmacopuncture
Fig. 3.
Differences of stimulation strength by volume of pharmacopuncture
*: statistically significant by one-way ANOVA with Bonferroni (p〈0.05).
Fig. 4.
Differences of stimulation strength by volume of pharmacopuncture according to insertion method
Table 1.
Demographic Data of Participants
Variable Mean ± SD or n(%) Min Max
Age(yr) 24.71 ± 4.13 22 38
Height(cm) 167.04 ± 7.87 148 183
Weight(kg) 58.75 ± 10.66 43 82

Gender Male 19(39.58 %)

Female 29(60.42 %)

Dominant Right 47(97.92 %)

Left 1(2.08 %)

Experience No 28(58.33 %)

1~2 17(35.42 %)

>2 3(6.25 %)


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