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Scientists unlock how acupuncture works

From: Health Beauty Happiness,

03
September
2009
Scientists unlock how acupuncture works

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine as a means to alleviate pain. Most acupuncture practitioners have argued that the treatment works by altering the flow of the body's energy, however, scientists have struggled to understand exactly how it works.

Now a new study published in the September issue of NeuroImage, has used medical scanning technology to show that acupuncture eases pain by regulating key receptors in the brain. The study, which tracked a group of women with a cronic pain illness, found that acupuncture eases pain by regulating key receptors in the brain that process and weaken pain signals. The study found that by directly stimulating these receptors, acupuncture can affect the brain's long-term ability to regulate pain.

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