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Getting the needle...

Acupuncture has been a mainstream medical treatment in some societies for 4,000 years, but because no one knew how it worked, people in Western society have remained sceptical about its use.

Yet in a paper published online on May 30th, Researchers demonstrated that during and immediately after acupuncture treatment, levels of a chemical called adenosine were boosted 24-fold. That might not mean much to you or me, but adenosine, is a natural compound with pain-killing and anti-inflammatory properties.

Furthermore, apparently adenosine also influences the heart and plays a role in regulating our sleep patterns. Previous research has shown how acupuncture worked on the brain and the spinal cord by encouraging the production of pain relieving chemicals, called endorphins.

In contrast, this study by the University of Rochester Medical Center, has focused on acupuncture`s effectiveness on the peripheral nervous system (all the nerves that are not in the brain or spinal cord).

Once scientists recognized adenosine`s role, they studied the effects of a cancer drug called deoxycoformycin, which makes it harder for the tissue to remove adenosine. The drug boosted the effects of the acupuncture treatment dramatically, more than tripling the length of time the treatment was effective.

This new research therefore, shows that acupuncture works in several ways at once, and Maiken Nedergaard, from the University of Rochester Medical Centre commented...In this work, we provide information about one physical mechanism through which acupuncture reduces pain in the body.

So, for all those doubters...

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