Rules of meridians and acupoints selection in treatment of Parkinson's disease based on data mining techniques

  • Zhe Li
  • Ying-yu Hu
  • Chun-ye Zheng
  • Qiao-zhen Su
  • Chang An
  • Xiao-dong LuoEmail author
  • Mao-cai Liu
Literature Research



To help selecting appropriate meridians and acupoints in clinical practice and experimental study for Parkinson's disease (PD), the rules of meridians and acupoints selection of acupuncture and moxibustion were analyzed in domestic and foreign clinical treatment for PD based on data mining techniques.


Literature about PD treated by acupuncture and moxibustion in China and abroad was searched and selected from China National Knowledge Infrastructure and MEDLINE. Then the data from all eligible articles were extracted to establish the database of acupuncture-moxibustion for PD. The association rules of data mining techniques were used to analyze the rules of meridians and acupoints selection.


Totally, 168 eligible articles were included and 184 acupoints were applied. The total frequency of acupoints application was 1,090 times. Those acupoints were mainly distributed in head and neck and extremities. Among all, Taichong (LR 3), Baihui (DU 20), Fengchi (GB 20), Hegu (LI 4) and Chorea-tremor Controlled Zone were the top five acupoints that had been used. Superior-inferior acupoints matching was utilized the most. As to involved meridians, Du Meridian, Dan (Gallbladder) Meridian, Dachang (Large Intestine) Meridian, and Gan (Liver) Meridian were the most popular meridians.


The application of meridians and acupoints for PD treatment lay emphasis on the acupoints on the head, attach importance to extinguishing Gan wind, tonifying qi and blood, and nourishing sinews, and make good use of superior-inferior acupoints matching.


Parkinson's disease acupuncture and moxibustion meridians and acupoints data mining association rules 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhe Li
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ying-yu Hu
    • 3
  • Chun-ye Zheng
    • 1
  • Qiao-zhen Su
    • 1
  • Chang An
    • 1
  • Xiao-dong Luo
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mao-cai Liu
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Encephalopathythe Second Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou University of Chinese MedicineGuangzhouChina
  2. 2.Department of Neurologythe First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical UniversityGuangzhouChina
  3. 3.Department of Business DevelopmentZhujiang Hospital of Southern Medical UniversityGuangzhouChina

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