Studies on the luminescence of channels in rats and its law of changes with "syndromes" and treatment of acupuncture and moxibustion

J Tradit Chin Med. 1992 Dec;12(4):283-7.


We previously reported the discovery of 14 channels in the human body, which possessed the biophysical property of high emission of light. In this study we found the same property on the Ren and Du channels in healthy rats. Additionally, we discovered that the luminance of the related channels in rat models with different "syndromes" varied greatly. For instance, a markedly low luminance appeared on the Du channel in animals with experimental syndrome of Yang deficiency induced by hydrocortisone; while in animals with experimental syndrome of blood deficiency caused by bleeding, an apparently low luminance occurred on the Ren channel. The intensity of the emitted light on Du and Ren channels increased after acupuncture treatment, but not significantly. This phenomenon conforms to the theory in traditional Chinese medicine that the Du channel is the "sea of Yang channels", while the Ren channel is the "sea of Yin channels".

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Acupuncture Therapy
  • Animals
  • Female
  • Hydrocortisone
  • Luminescent Measurements*
  • Male
  • Meridians*
  • Moxibustion
  • Rats
  • Rats, Wistar
  • Yang Deficiency / chemically induced
  • Yang Deficiency / therapy
  • Yin Deficiency / etiology
  • Yin Deficiency / therapy


  • Hydrocortisone