home > Departments > Basic Fields
Classics Medical History Physiology Preventive Medicine
Biochemistry Prescriptionology Anatomy Meridians and Acupoints
Herbology Pathology Oriental Pharmacology  
The department of meridian and acupoint endeavors to research the mechanism of phenomena related to meridian and to standardize meridian and acupoints. The tissues and organs of the internal human body are organically interrelated with external structures.

As organisms adapt to external environmental changes, they show vital activities rooted in a system of perception unique to Oriental medicine which is called meridian and collateral phenomenon. Meridian and collateral are the passageways for the circulation of qi and blood in our body, and they are distributed around the human body like fishing nets. Among the meridians are acupoints, where the functions and reactions of qi and blood appear prominently.

The department of meridian and acupoint deepens and develops the theory of meridian and collateral, which is the root of Oriental medicinal diagnosis and treatment, while at the same time objectifies and standardizes the location and characteristics of acupoints.
In order to educate the most basic knowledge for cultivating Oriental medical doctors through meridian and acupoints study, the department of meridian and acupoint currently educates college students with the following subjects: life nurturing based on understanding of meridian and collateral, characteristics of acupoints that are used in the prevention of diseases, diagnosis, and treatment, the origin of the names of acupoints, locations, acupuncture method, moxibustion method, needle orientation, needle sensation, main treatment, and efficacy.
In the basic research field, this department is concentrating its efforts on straightening out basic theories of classical meridian and collateral based on Oriental medical classics, and objectifying and putting to practical use the meridian theory by reinterpreting it with modern research methods.
1) Meridian phenomena caused by a certain meridian or collateral
2) Research brain function based on the meridian theory
3) Develop acupuncture treatment techniques classified by diseases
4) Develop acupuncture treatment techniques classified by symptoms
5) Research the treatment techniques of shin-acupuncture therapy
The department of meridian and acupoint researches functional and structural changes of vital phenomena from various perspectives and endeavors to expand the understanding of meridian and collateral phenomena.

This department will make efforts to increase the demand for a differentiated acupuncture treatment for certain diseases and at the same time prove the superiority of acupuncture treatment.

Also, we will broaden our understanding of the therapeutic mechanism of acupuncture and ultimately contribute to the improvement of public health welfare.
The department of meridian and acupoint is located on the second floor of Oriental medical building. Laboratories are composed of meridian and collateral study lab, transport points study lab 1, transport points study lab 2, animal disposal room, medicine and medicinal needle manufacture room, and etc. Equipments furnished in the labs are as follows
- medicinal needle manufacturing machine
- electro-acupuncture device
- EMRS (Extra-cellular Multi unit Recording System)
- ESRS (Extra-cellular Single unit Recording system)
- Video tracking system for behavior test
- Video recording system for behavior test
- Image analysis system for histology and cytology
- fMRI data analysis system
- several mazes for behavioral test (water maze, 8-arm maze etc. )
- stereotoxic
- microdialysis
- real time RT-PCR
- western blotting
- immunohistochemistry and basic histochemistry