Acupuncture is the one of the most famous therapy in the relief of pain. Recently, researchers have proved that acupuncture works in pain.
Traditionally, acupuncture was the part of Chinese and Eastern medicine. For thousands of years, acupuncture has been used to treat all kinds of harms. It is believed that acupuncture is required for balance in the flow of energy in the body. The energy is also known as chi which is electrical energy that forms the nervous system. To maintain health, the flow of chi must be in equilibrium and in concord. Acupuncture therapy specializes in removal of the energy blockages, raising the circulation of chi and bloodflow. Acupuncture treatment is one of the most important in the relief of pain.
Acupuncture is also referred as counterfeit by many people around the world. However, many people got relief from the intense pain by using acupuncture therapy. After a great deal of excellent research, recently scientists have found that acupuncture works in pain relief as it stimulates the natural pain killer. The chemical adenosine was identified by scientists which plays a central role in pain relief. By adding a leukaemia medication that increased their amounts of the molecule, the beneficial effects of simply sticking needles was tripled by scientists in mice.
New research has scientifically proven that how acupuncture works. In University of Rochester Medical Center, a study has been conducted on acupuncture working mechanism. Several acupuncture therapies were conducted around the knee of a mouse by researchers. According to their finding, within in the wounded or infected area acupuncture really works by energizing the pain suppressing molecules.
In the acupuncture therapy, small needles are inserted in different parts of the body to minimize pain. These needles don’t hurt to the body as they are very thing. So much of popularity is gained by this acupuncture technique as it is able to reduce the pain significantly. Acupuncture treatment is especially for those people who suffer from back and knee pain.
A neuroscientist at the University of Rochester in New York, Maiken Nedergaard who led the study said, “Acupuncture has been a mainstay of medical treatment in certain parts of the world for 4,000 years, but because it has not been understood completely, many people have remained sceptical. In this work, we provide information about one physical mechanism through which acupuncture reduces pain in the body. What we found is that adenosine, a natural pain killer, is released during acupuncture and that adenosine may be the primary way acupuncture reduces pain. The most important observation is that acupuncture worked almost three times as long if we gave a drug that slow down the removal of adenosine."
A chemical, released by acupuncture therapy, Adenosine helps to regulate sleep and keep the heart healthy. After an injury, it becomes active in the skin to inhibit nerve signals and ease pain. The research about acupuncture was published in Nature Neuroscience. They performed acupuncture treatments on mice which have discomfort in one paw. They gave a thirty minute acupuncture treatment near the knee to each of the mice, with very fine needles rotated gently every five minutes.
Mice that have normal functioning levels of adenosine, discomforts were reduced by two-thirds by acupuncture therapy, while in those engineered not to produce the chemical it had no effect. Without acupuncture, discomfort was reduced when adenosine was turned on in the tissues. The level of adenosine in the tissues near the needles was 24 times greater during and immediately after an acupuncture treatment.
After the documentation of adenosine's role by scientists, the effects of a cancer drug called deoxycoformycin was explored by the team, which makes it harder for the tissue to remove it. The director of the National Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health in the US, Dr Josephine Briggs said, "It is clear that acupuncture may activate a number of different mechanisms. This carefully performed study identifies adenosine as a new player in the process. It is an interesting contribution to our growing understanding of the complex intervention which is acupuncture."
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