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Don't ask how, but it works.
That's what proponents of acupuncture are telling us.
And now there's proof that it does work.
New research seems to indicate that this "ancient" practice works directly on the brain to alter the way we process and perceive pain.
Nina Theysohn, MD, of the University Hospital in Essen, Germany conducted the 18-person study.
First, participants were given shocks without acupuncture.
Then they were given the same shocks with acupuncture stainless steel needles placed at three places on the right side, between the toes, below the knee, and near the thumb.
According to MRI scans, activation in the pain-processing areas was reduced.
In other words, if I understand this correctly, the same shock is less shocking with acupuncture.
But we're still not sure of any of this yet, until there is further review.
As is the history of acupuncture, which is a bit of a mystery itself.
According to some historians, acupuncture, as practiced today, only dates back to the 1930s when acupuncture points were moved to certain locations.
What is old is bloodletting, practiced in Ancient China by folk healers, and acupuncture longevity myth puncturers claim that this "ancient" practice, just hopped on the bloodletting bandwagon.
And doesn't go back to the legendary "Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine" that was compiled around 305–204 B.C.
We do know acupuncture was popularized in this country by New York Times reporter James Reston, who received acupuncture treatment in China, after undergoing an emergency appendectomy.
But questions still remain.
Does this ancient or not so ancient practice really work, or is it a placebo?
Is the fact that most mainstream doctors don't recommend it proof that it is not effective? Or it is?
Or is it, according to the National Council Against Health Fraud, that "Perceived effects of acupuncture are probably due to a combination of expectation, suggestion, counter-irritation, condition and other psychological mechanisms?"
I will be on pins and needles until I hear from you.
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