y8b ff4 fs0 fc0 sc0 ls3 ws23">the function of the vegetative nervous system. Therefore
the state of health can be quantified [7].
Teleacupuncture may contribute to the omission of
redundant research studies and a simplification of the
diagnostic and therapeutic procedure, thereby not only
cutting costs but also saving time [3-6].
The common research between Graz and Beijing shows
one thing quite clearly: teleacupuncture bridges on the
one hand Eastern and Western medicine and on the other
hand science and practice. The next goal will be to
translate the research results into arising practical possi-
bilities available to all participants in different countries.
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Figure 4. First teleacupuncture between Europe (Graz) and Asia (Beijing). Heart rate variability data of 24 hours
are shown (modified from [5]).
Figure 5. Follow-up investigations during a total of ten acupuncture sessions in China. Note the appearance of
an obvious sleep-wake-cycle already after the fourth acupuncture treatment (modified from [6]).
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Apart from the research-related aspects, transcontinental
teleacupuncture opens up new possibilities for interactive
education and practical training in public health. This
represents another important aspect in quality control and
quality assurance in complementary medicine.
The investigations are part of the project “Bioengineering and clinical
assessment of high-tech acupuncture: A Sino-Austrian research pilot
study,’’ supported by the Austrian Federal Ministries of Science and
Research and of Health and the Eurasia Pacific Uninet. The author is
grateful to Professor Weibo Zhang and Dr. Tao Huang, Institute of
Acupuncture and Moxibustion, China Academy of Chinese Medical
Sciences, Beijing, China; and Dr. Lu Wang and Mag. Ingrid Gaischek,
both TCM Research Center Graz, Austria; and Jan Valentini (Graz and
Beijing), for their valuable support of this project and for the excellent
cooperation. The preliminary report is also part of the initiated ‘OeNB
Jubiläumsfonds’ project 13463 and performed within the areas ‘Sus-
tainable Health Research’ and ‘Neuroscience’ at the Medical University
of Graz.
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