Friday, July 30, 2010
According to an article from Nature Neuroscience as found HERE,
acupuncture at local sites resulted in huge increases in extra-cellular
ATP, ADP, AMP, and adenosine in mice. While ATP levels returned to
normal levels after treatment, the levels of adenosine, AMP and ADP
remained at significantly higher levels.
Specifically, the study went on to investigate if the 24-fold
increase in adenosine played a role in the anti-nociceptive
(pain-relief) effects of acupuncture. They did this by blocking the A1
receptors originally used to detect adenosine. Pain sensitivity and
relief were observed and clearly linked to this receptor and when
blocked with an A1 agonist, the benefit of the acupuncture was not seen.
The pain reducing effect of acupuncture was also not observed in mice
that lacked this specific receptor.
The study goes into great detail isolating the actual pain-relieving
effect of adenosine and shows a very clear connection between using
acupuncture point St36 and the stimulation of adenosine and correlating
it's increase in concentration to pain-relief.
While, as an acupuncturist, we've known this for thousands of years,
the scientific community can now safely conclude that we now have at
least 2 studies clearly showing how, at least for pain-relief,
acupuncture is proven to work. Along with this study, an earlier study
as referenced in this article HERE
shows a direct connection between acupuncture and the release of
B-endorphins. B-endorphins have a strong analgesic effect to reduce
With this latest update, we can only hope that Western-type doctors
can now recommend acupuncture with a clear conscience knowing that
acupuncture is not just a placebo effect.
Craig Amrine, L.Ac. is a licensed acupuncturist and can be contacted through his website www.hiddenrhythmacupuncture.