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March 25, 2013

Acupuncture Quiets Stress in Rats

A Georgetown University School of Nursing researcher (and former acupuncturist) shows preliminary results that acupuncture is reducing the rat equivalent of cortisol when they're exposed to chronic stress.

She posits that acupuncture works by quieting a key pathway — the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis. The study had 3 arms including acupuncture, sham and control.

They found that electronic acupuncture blocks the chronic, stress-induced elevations of the HPA axis hormones and the sympathetic NPY pathway when applied to St36. The researcher adds that the rats receiving the sham electronic acupuncture had elevation of the hormones similar to that of the stress-only animals.

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Posted by Admin at March 25, 2013 06:52 PM