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Studies Show That Acupressure Has Science Behind It

Studies Show That Chinese Healing System Has Science Behind It 

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing art that involves stimulating points on the body with thin needles.  

Up until recently most Western medical practitioners didn’t put much faith in it because it’s based on Chinese beliefs of a life force or “chi” flowing through the body. 

However, some prestigious western researchers decided that while they might not be sure why it works, if it does it is possible to verify and measure. 

One such researcher is Harvard Medical School neuroscientist named Vitaly Napadow, Ph.D., L.Ac. 

Using the latest technologies in neuroimaging and genomics, Dr. Napadow and other associates have been able to document how acupuncture affects the body. They have actually been able to see physiological effects. 

“With the advent of noninvasive brain imaging we were able to begin looking at human brain response to acupuncture and start to evaluate potential mechanisms in humans,” says Dr. Napadow. “And they found differences in this brain response between people with chronic pain and healthy controls.”

For example, they’ve recorded changes in the brain’s pain centers with acupuncture. Additionally, they’ve observed gene expression and molecular changes in the nervous and immune systems. 

One such case was in research on carpal tunnel syndrome, which can cause pain and numbness due to compression of nerves in the wrist. Dr. Napadow and colleagues performed fMRI before and after acupuncture and found that patients with carpal tunnel syndrome responded to acupuncture with greater activation in an area of the brain known as the hypothalamus and deactivation in another area known as the amygdala. These two areas of the brain are involved in behavior, emotions, long-term memory, and maintenance of a persistent pain state. 

Acupuncture appears to affect several mechanisms in the brain and spinal cord, including those involved in pain and inflammation.  So, there is the potential for it to help relieve pain for quite a few different ailments.

If you’re interested in relieving pain naturally without ingesting any drugs, you might want to look into acupuncture.

Have a healthy day,

Larry Berman


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