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May 30, 2010

Acupuncture’s Molecular Effects Pinned Down

Scientists found that the chemical adenosine is very active in deeper tissues affected by acupuncture. The Rochester researchers looked at the effects of acupuncture on the peripheral nervous system – the nerves in our body that aren’t part of the brain and spinal cord.

The team made a number of observations regarding adenosine:

·In mice with normal functioning levels of adenosine, acupuncture reduced discomfort by two-thirds.

·In special “adenosine receptor knock-out mice” not equipped with the adenosine receptor, acupuncture had no effect.

·When adenosine was turned on in the tissues, discomfort was reduced even without acupuncture.

·During and immediately after an acupuncture treatment, the level of adenosine in the tissues near the needles was 24 times greater than before the treatment.

“It’s clear that acupuncture may activate a number of different mechanisms,” said Josephine P. Briggs, M.D., director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. “This carefully performed study identifies adenosine as a new player in the process. It’s an interesting contribution to our growing understanding of the complex intervention which is acupuncture.”

Abstract: Nature Neuroscience May 30, 2010

Posted by mpence at 03:16 PM

May 16, 2010

Acupuncture Aids Dysmenorrhea

Patients resistant to normal treatment from dysmennorrhea were given treatment with acupuncture and received positive results.

abstract: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine January 2007

Posted by mpence at 11:59 PM

May 03, 2010

Acupuncture Siginicantly Reduces Pain in Neck Dissection

A study conducted on neck cancer patients given traditional treatment vs. acupuncture. Significant reductions in pain, dysfunction, and xerostomia were observed in patients receiving acupuncture versus usual care (P = .008).

Abstract: Journal of Clinical Oncology April 20, 2010

Posted by mpence at 09:46 AM