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Characterizing Acupuncture Stimuli Using Brain Imaging with fMRI - A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of the Literature

  • Wenjing Huang,

    Affiliations: Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics, Charité University Medical Center, Berlin, Germany, Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chengdu, China

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  • Daniel Pach,

    Affiliation: Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics, Charité University Medical Center, Berlin, Germany

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  • Vitaly Napadow,

    Affiliations: Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Department of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown, Massachusetts, United States of America, Department of Radiology, Logan College of Chiropractic, Chesterfield, Missouri, United States of America

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  • Kyungmo Park,

    Affiliation: Department of Biomedical Engineering, Kyung Hee University, Yongin, Republic of Korea

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  • Xiangyu Long,

    Affiliation: Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany

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  • Jane Neumann,

    Affiliations: Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany, Leipzig University Medical Center, IFB Adiposity Diseases, Leipzig, Germany

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  • Yumi Maeda,

    Affiliations: Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Department of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown, Massachusetts, United States of America, Department of Radiology, Logan College of Chiropractic, Chesterfield, Missouri, United States of America

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  • Till Nierhaus,

    Affiliations: Berlin NeuroImaging Center and Department Neurology, Charité, Berlin, Germany, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany

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  • Fanrong Liang,

    Affiliation: Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chengdu, China

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  • Claudia M. Witt mail

    claudia.witt@charite.de

    Affiliations: Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics, Charité University Medical Center, Berlin, Germany, Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Published: April 09, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0032960

About the Authors

Wenjing Huang, Daniel Pach, Claudia M. Witt
Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics, Charité University Medical Center, Berlin, Germany
Wenjing Huang, Fanrong Liang
Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chengdu, China
Claudia M. Witt
Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
Vitaly Napadow, Yumi Maeda
Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Department of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown, Massachusetts, United States of America
Vitaly Napadow, Yumi Maeda
Department of Radiology, Logan College of Chiropractic, Chesterfield, Missouri, United States of America
Kyungmo Park
Department of Biomedical Engineering, Kyung Hee University, Yongin, Republic of Korea
Till Nierhaus
Berlin NeuroImaging Center and Department Neurology, Charité, Berlin, Germany
Xiangyu Long, Jane Neumann, Till Nierhaus
Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany
Jane Neumann
Leipzig University Medical Center, IFB Adiposity Diseases, Leipzig, Germany

Corresponding Author

Email: claudia.witt@charite.de

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: WJH CW DP. Analyzed the data: WJH DP VN KP XYL JN YM CW. Wrote the paper: WJH DP VN KP XYL JN YM TN FRL CW. Data extraction: WJH DP KP YM.