An investigation into the use of TCM pattern differentiation in the canine and feline species with respect to the somato-visceral reflex in Western medicine using a double blind method of evaluation.
Wien Tierarztl Monatsschr (97), 7-8 166-170.
The aim of the study was to evaluate the level of reactivity of "Shu" and "Mu" points ascertained during a TCM examination, and to evaluate the findings with respect to Western internal organ function. In a blinded study, 40 animals (23 dogs and 17 cats) with different diseases were included. The animals were presented at the Clinic for Internal Medicine, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna. In all animals the Back Transporting points ("Shu Points") and the Front Collecting points ("Mu Points") were examined by an IVAS certified veterinarian acupuncturist without knowledge of the complaint, history or physical exam and before any treatment was started. The Western diagnosis was made by veterinarians of the Clinic for Internal Medicine and compared to the Shu- and Mu-point diagnosis. Being aware of missing important information by making a TCM diagnosis only by palpating these points, we decided to do so for a better comparability. We hypothesized that the relative chance to confirm an Eastern Diagnosis by means of the Western Medicine would be over 0.9. The heart/pericardium, and the stomach represented the most frequent correlations of TCM pattern and Western disease. In this study preliminary results of the comparability of TCM based diagnosis and Western diagnosis are presented. This study is a step on the way to put the ancient knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine on an evidence based level.