Discussionon the Cognition and Development of Experimental Animal Acupoints
JIN Chuanyang, Lu Yun, ZHANG Jianbin
（1The Second Clinical Medical College, Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province 210023；2Jiangsu Hospital of TCM,Nanjing, Jiangsu Province 210029；3The Second Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine,Nanjing, Jiangsu Province 210017）
Abstract: This paper reviewed the development history of the experimental animal acupoints. Given the different historical periods, the names of the animal’s acupoints, the description of acupoints’ location, the location methods, and the location-reference, etc., it was concluded that the understanding and development of experimental animal acupoints had been experiencing four stages, including starting, accumulating, normalization, standardization. It focused on the landmark events of the development of experimental animal acupoints during these stages, including the publication of somekey papers, writings, and the textbooks, the convening of important meetings. In addition, it also analyzed the significance of these development stages, as well as the relationship with other stages. These provide a basic clue and basis for the rational understanding about laboratory animal acupoints, which involved their natures and discipline.
Key words: acupuncture and moxibustion; the acupoints of experimental animals; the development process; experimental acupuncture and moxibustion