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In Zhen ci yan jiu = Acupuncture research

At present, the breakthrough of the key techniques of artificial intelligence (AI), including image recognition, deep learning, neural network, Robot technique, etc., greatly promote the development of discipline crossing and medicine. In the present paper, we make an in-depth discussion about the future application of inter-discipline techniques of acupuncture-moxibustion and AI. We think that some of the current instruments have been part of the new acupuncture-moxibustion devices and may have the potential to intersect with the AI discipline. Relying on these existing devices and those of meridian detection, we can obtain relatively objective data, and further conduct meridian-syndrome differentiation and big data collection to possibly realize remote medical treatment. In addition, we may also develop an AI system for studying the underlying mechanisms of acupuncture and moxibustion therapies. Nevertheless, there still exist a lot of problems and challenges in clinical, teaching and scientific researches. It is recommended that the discipline of acupuncture-moxibustion should be intersected with the AI subject and formulate appropriate development strategies, promoting a faster and better development of acupuncturology.

Wu Dong, Sun Han-Xu, Rong Pei-Jing, Dai Ru-Jun, Lian Hai-Hong, Sun Jing-Yi

2021-Jun-25

Acupuncture and moxibustion, Acupuncture device, Artificial intelligence, Development stra-tegy, Inter-discipline