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Network Biology, 2023, 13(2): 53-73
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Information system of acupoint diagnosis and treatment in Traditional Chinese Medicine

WenJun Zhang1, YanHong Qi2
1School of Life Sciences, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China
2Sun Yat-sen University Library, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China

Received 6 October 2022;Accepted 14 February 2023;Published online 18 February 2023;Published 1 June 2023
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Abstract
In this study we developed an information system of acupoint diagnosis and treatment for Traditional Chinese Medicine (ISADTTHM). In this system, there are 311 acupoints, about 600 acupoint indications and clinical applications, 12 meridians, 8 extra meridians, and 5 elements of the Five Elements. In the ISADTTHM, users can choose to list the complete collection of ISADTTHM, or can choose to list concerned information using searching keywords such as acupoint indications and clinical applications, acupoint names, meridians, extra meridians, and Five Elements (a total of more than 900 keywords) to query about the information of acupoint diagnosis and treatment. Each item information of acupoint diagnosis and treatment includes the following contents: acupoint name, Pinyin of acupoint name, international code of acupoint, alias of acupoint, acupoint definition, acupoint positioning method, acupoint anatomical position and structure, Five Elements affiliation of acupoint, meridian affiliation of acupoint, English name of meridian affiliation of acupoint, Five Elements affiliation of meridian affiliation of acupoint, acupoint treatment methods - acupuncture, acupoint treatment methods - moxibustion, acupoint treatment methods - massage and others, acupoint functions, acupoint indications and clinical applications, main compatible acupoints of acupoint, and acupoint pictures. Different from information systems based on static webpages, ISADTTHM is based on web database, with only about five files, small storage space, easy to upgrade, maintain, and update, and low error rate, which is conducive to information mining and analysis, and user inquiries to the information of interest. At the bottom left of each page of ISADTTHM, there is Google Translate, which can translate the Chinese of the current page into the selected language.

Keywords information system;online query;acupoints;acupuncture and moxibustion;massage.



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