Proponents of acupuncture will be happy to know that new research shows it to be an affective tool for pain mitigation.
Researchers from the Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Neuroradiology at University Hospital in Essen, Germany collaborated with the Department of Complementary and Integrative Medicine at University of Duisburg-Essen to study the effects of acupuncture on pain relief. The researchers used fMRI’s (functional magnetic resonance imaging) to monitor brain activity while the test subjects were experiencing pain in conjunction with acupuncture. “Until now, the role of acupuncture in the perception and processing of pain has been controversial,” explained lead researcher Nina Theysohn, M.D. “Functional MRI gives us the opportunity to directly observe areas of the brain that are activated during pain perception and see the variances that occur with acupuncture.” “Activation of brain areas involved in pain perception was significantly reduced or modulated under acupuncture,” said Dr. Theysohn. “Acupuncture is supposed to act through at least two mechanisms—nonspecific expectancy-based effects and specific modulation of the incoming pain signal,” Dr. Theysohn said. “Our findings support that both these nonspecific and specific mechanisms exist, suggesting that acupuncture can help relieve pain.” At HEALTHandMED.com we have several handy products that our customers find useful for pain relief. Check them out here: Pain Relief