Title: Analysis on the thermo-control characteristics of moxibustion device based on temperature sensing data

Authors: Taegon Kim; Minwoo Cheon

Addresses: Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Dongshin University, Daeho-dong, Naju-si, Jeollanam-do, Korea ' Department of Health Administration, Dongshin University, Daeho-dong, Naju-si, Jeollanam-do, Korea

Abstract: In this study, a moxibustion device was developed using a silicone heater for safe and effective use. The developed moxibustion device is divided into a control unit in charge of overall control of the apparatus and a care unit to transfer heat and extract to the treated part. The device uses an infrared temperature sensor installed in the care units for real-time detection of the change in the skin surface temperature using a heater, so that it always follows the setting temperature. Moreover, to implement various heating patterns, the constant voltage applied to the heater was adjusted using voltage regulator (VR). As a result, the constant voltage applied to the object changed according to the variation in the VR. According to the measurement of the skin temperature, the heat was uniformly transferred to the affected parts.

Keywords: moxibustion devices; moxa cautery; internet of things; IoT; biological information; traditional medicine; thermo-control; temperature sensors; silicone heaters; heat transfer; skin surface temperature; voltage regulation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSTM.2017.10002699

International Journal of Services Technology and Management, 2017 Vol.23 No.1/2, pp.32 - 39

Received: 18 Mar 2015
Accepted: 02 Mar 2016

Published online: 24 Jan 2017 *

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