Literature Review and Network Analysis on the Pain Disease Approach of Saam Acupuncture Method

사암도인침법의 통증 질환 접근법에 대한 고찰

  • Park, Ji-Yeun (College of Korean Medicine, Daejeon University) ;
  • Lee, Soon-Ho (Anseong Nongmin Korean Medical Clinic, Anseong Health Welfare Social Cooperative) ;
  • Kim, Song-Yi (College of Korean Medicine, Gachon University) ;
  • Park, Hi-Joon (Acupuncture and Meridian Science Research Center (AMSRC), College of Korean Medicine, Kyung Hee University)
  • 박지연 (대전대학교 한의과대학) ;
  • 이순호 (안성의료복지사회적협동조합 안성농민한의원) ;
  • 김송이 (가천대학교 한의과대학) ;
  • 박히준 (경희대학교 침구경락융합연구센터)
  • Received : 2017.05.31
  • Accepted : 2017.06.12
  • Published : 2017.06.27


Objectives : Saam acupuncture initiated by Saamdoin in $17^{th}$ century is one of the most widely adopted acupuncture techniques used by Korean medical doctors in clinic. Our study aimed to analyze the application of the Saam acupuncture method to pain diseases based on the literature data. Methods : Based on the contents described in "(Do Hae Kyo Kam) Saam's acupuncture method", the texts related to pain condition were analyzed. The frequency of prescription of Saam acupuncture method was analyzed, and then the relationships between each acupoint were visualized by network analysis and hierarchical cluster analysis for the quantitative aspect. Results and conclusions: In our study, Lung tonifying and Liver tonifying acupuncture were the most frequently used method for the treatment of pain disease. As the acupoints, BL66 and SI5 were used the most frequently. It was found that visceral pattern identification was considered as the most important factor in the selection of the Saam acupuncture method. Network analysis and hierarchical clustering analysis showed that each acupoint was closely related to other acupoints, and most of them were connected more closely according to the method of Saam acupuncture operation. The experiential prescriptions of Saam acupuncture were classified as an independent group. In the future, fundamental research on the principle of Saam acupuncture method is needed for the various diseases, and research for the clinical efficacy and the mechanism of Saam acupuncture method should be preceded.


Supported by : National Research Foundation of Korea(NRF)


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