Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science

, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp 53–58 | Cite as

Analysis of points selection pattern in acupuncture treatment of sleep apnea syndrome based on data mining

  • Miao Cao (曹淼)
  • Lin Zhang (张林)
  • Ding-yan Bi (贲定严)
  • Qing-hu He (何清湖)
Literature Study



To explore the points selection pattern of acupuncture for sleep apnea syndromes by data mining technique.


Clinical literature about acupuncture therapy for sleep apnea syndromes was derived from China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), Wanfang Academic Journal Full-text Database (Wanfang), Chongqing VIP Database (CQVIP), PubMed and Science Direct between the time that databases were created and March 25th,2017. Relevant excel database was established and descriptive studies and association rules were analyzed.


The most frequently used point was Lianquan (CV 23) and the most frequently used meridian was the Stomach Meridian. The analysis of association rules showed that the clinical choice of acupuncture points was highly correlated, among which the combination of the highest degree of confidence and the highest degree of support was Shenmen (HT 7) and Sishencong (EX-HN 1); Lieque (LU 7), lianquan (CV 23) and Zhaohai (KI 6).


Acupuncture treatment of sleep apnea syndromes has specific selection rules of points, providing certain references for clinical and scientific research.


Acupuncture-moxibustion Therapy Acupuncture Therapy Point Lianquan (CV 23) Points Head & Neck Sleep Apnea Syndromes Data Mining Point Selection 






检索收集中国知网 (CNKI)、万方数据 库 (Wanfang)、重庆维普(CQVIP)、Pubmed及ScienceDirect数据库自建库以来发表的所有针刺治疗睡眠呼吸暂停综 合征的临床文献。建立相关数据的Excel数据库, 对数据进行描述性分析及关联规则分析。


针刺治疗睡眠呼 吸暂停综合征的使用最多穴位为廉泉; 使用频次最多的经脉为足阳明胃经。关联规则分析显示临床选用穴位具有 高度相关性, 其中置信度、支持度最高的组合为神门和四神聪; 列缺、廉泉和照海。


针刺治疗睡眠呼吸暂停综合征的有特定选穴配伍规律, 可为临床及科研提供一定参考。


针灸疗法 针刺疗法 穴 廉泉 穴位 头颈部 睡眠呼吸暂停综合征 数据挖掘 选穴 


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This work was supported by Hunan Provincial Innovation Foundation for Postgraduate (湖南省研究生科研创新项 目, No. CX2017B427).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Miao Cao (曹淼)
    • 1
  • Lin Zhang (张林)
    • 1
  • Ding-yan Bi (贲定严)
    • 2
  • Qing-hu He (何清湖)
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Integrated MedicineHunan University of Chinese MedicineChangshaChina
  2. 2.College of Acupuncture & TuinaHunan University of Chinese MedicineChangshaChina

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