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J Acupunct Res > Volume 29(6); 2012 > Article
Published online December 17, 2012.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.13045/kamms.2012081   
A Literature Review on Research Methodology Assessing Properties of Moxibustion
Jin-woong Lim1, Sang-hoon Lee2
1Dept. of Korean Medicine, College of Korean Medicine, Kyung Hee University
2Dept. of Acupuncture and Moxibustion Medicine, College of Korean Medicine, Kyung Hee University
*Corresponding author.
Sang-hoon Lee
Tel: +82-2-958-9209   Email: shlee777@khu.ac.kr
Objectives : The aim of this review was to summarize and assess researches reporting thermal properties of moxibustion.
Methods and Materials : We searched one electronic database(PubMed) and two journals(The Journal of Korean Medicine and The Journal of Korean Acupuncture & Moxibustion Society) and for the articles published until Nov. 2012. The articles reporting thermal characteristic of moxibustion were selected and reviewed. 31 articles were included and assessed in this review. The type of moxibustion, the material beneath moxbustion, main outcome and the amount of information were reviewed. The amount of information was defined as 1 for one main outcome reported in each article.
Results : Direct moxibustion were used in 15 articles and indirect moxibustion were used in 19 articles. 11 researches used anti-heating plate for the material beneath moxibustion, one article used steel ring, agar with anti-heating plate, six articles used skin and another six articles used heater. Two articles used animals and another two articles used metals. The mean value of the amount of information was 4.41±2.94(SD).
Conclusions : Research articles assessing properties of moxibustion have been consistently published since 1993, and employed various methodologies. The amount of information has been associated with four section analysis and is currently decreasing. Research assessing properties of moxibustion with clinical effectiveness is needed.
Keywords: moxibustion, properties, methodology, review

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