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December 14, 2008

Acupuncture Has An Effect Beyond Placebo

A study recently conducted by Harvard researches shows that acupuncture has an effect beyond just a placebo.

The effect of traditionally applied acupuncture in 12 "acupuncture-naive" subjects (6 male, 6 female) was observed by monitoring fMRI and PET of the brain. The use of real acupuncture versus sham applied acupuncture showed an alteration in the opioid systems in the brain, suggesting that acupuncture as actually have a real affect on pain sensory and relief systems.

Abstract: Behavioral Brain Research November, 2008

Posted by mpence at December 14, 2008 09:23 PM