PET imaging of brain function while puncturing the acupoint ST36

Ling Yin, Xianglan Jin, Weian Qiao, Jinping Sun, Xian Shi, Jiahe Tian, Dayi Yin, Shulin Yao, Mingzhe Shao, Haining Zeng, Baoci Shan, Yiyuan Tang, Ke Zhu

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

26 Scopus citations


Objective. To explore the experimental method of obtaining position emission tonogiaphy (PET) imaging evidence of changes in cerebral function by puncturing the Stomach 36 (ST36, Zusanli) acupoint. Methods. Data on changes of cerebral glycometabolism were obtained from six healthy male volunteers with positron emission tomography. Visual experimental evidence, as well as statistical parametric mapping (SPM), was gathered while puncturing the ST36 (Zusanli, right leg) acupoint. Results. There was increased glycometabolism in the hypothalamus, head of the caudate nucleus, temporal lobe, the sinistral cerebellum, postcentral gyrus, and brain stem while the acupoint ST36 was being punctured. Conclusions. Acupuncture on ST36 can lead to increase in glycometabolism in the vegetative nerve centers, which is correlated with gastric function. Visual experimental evidence of ST36 acupuncturing on functional gastrointestinal disorder was obtained in our study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1836-1839
Number of pages4
JournalChinese Medical Journal
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Acupuncture
  • Brain
  • PET
  • ST36

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'PET imaging of brain function while puncturing the acupoint ST36'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this