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Table 1 Descriptive analysis of terms from the literature compilation

From: Role of dermatomes in the determination of therapeutic characteristics of channel acupoints: a similarity-based analysis of data compiled from literature

Category Terms N %
Traditional actions (1) Dispels wind 140 38.8
N = 848 terms (no repetition) (2) Dispels heat 136 37.7
  (3) Reduces fever 90 24.9
  (4) Calms the mind 81 22.4
  (5) Eliminates pain 68 18.8
Contemporary indications (1) Headache 100 27.7
N = 1143 terms (no repetition) (2) Low back pain 95 26.3
  (3) Asthma 78 21.6
  (4) Vomiting 73 20.2
  (5) Convulsion 71 19.7
Traditional vs. traditional (1) Dispels wind – dispels heat 77 21.3
N = 11579 pairs of terms (no repetition) (2) Dispels wind – eliminates pain 48 13.3
  (3) Dispels wind – reduces fever 47 13.0
  (4) Dispels damp – dispels heat 40 11.1
  (5) Calms the mind – dispels heat 36 10.0
Traditional vs. contemporary (1) Dispels wind – headache 69 19.1
N = 42928 pairs of terms (no repetitions) (2) Dispels heat – headache 60 16.6
  (3) Dispels wind – vertigo 45 12.5
  (4) Calms the mind – epilepsy 43 11.9
  (5) Dispels wind – convulsion 42 11.6
Contemporary vs. contemporary (1) Asthma – cough 49 13.6
N = 39039 pairs of terms (no repetition) (2) Convulsion – epilepsy 45 12.5
  (3) Headache – vertigo 44 12.2
  (4) Asthma – bronchitis 42 11.6
  (5) Convulsion – schizophrenia 38 10.5