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Study seeks to show how acupuncture really works

Von: pautrey (rpautrey2@gmail.com) [Profil]
Datum: 30.05.2010 21:09
Message-ID: <6e83ef72-d899-41fc-863a-332c30cb4a8e@g39g2000pri.googlegroups.com>
Newsgroup: alt.health
Study seeks to show how acupuncture really works

May 30, 2010
Courtesy of Nature Publishing Group
and World Science staff

Sci­en­tists are pre­sent­ing a new the­o­ry on the mech­an
­ism of
acupunc­tureóa tra­di­tion­al Chin­ese heal­ing tech­nique
that seems
to work for some ail­ments, though West­ern re­search­ers donít u
n­der­
stand why.

East­ern prac­ti­tion­ers say ac­u­punc­ture works by chang
­ing en­er­
gy flows in the body. West­ern sci­en­tists tend not to buy this ac
­
count, ar­gu­ing that the pro­posed en­er­gy fields have nev­er
been
seen or meas­ured.


Ac­u­punc­ture in­volves in­sert­ing thin nee­dles in­to
th
e skin at
se­lected points to treat a range of cond­itions. Sev­er­al stud­
ies
have shown that it works for cer­tain kinds of pain; a study last year
found that ac­u­punc­ture beats con­ven­tion­al treat­ment fo
r chron­
ic low­er back pain.

The new stu­dy, pub­lished in the May 30 on­line is­sue of the jour
­
nal Na­ture Neu­ro­sci­ence, sug­gests that ac­u­punc­ture
works by ac­
ti­vat­ing pain-sup­press­ing re­cep­tors, or mol­e­cules,
in the ar­
ea of the body where the nee­dle is in­sert­ed.

Read More:
http://www.world-science.net/exclusives/100530_acupuncture.htm

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