Study Shows How Acupuncture Relieves Pain, Improves Fertility
Posted Jun 29 2010 11:59pm
Ground-breaking research has identified the link between specific acupuncture practices and effective treatment of severe and chronic pain conditions. The research conducted by physicians at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York appeared in a recent issue of Nature Neuroscience.
The study found that adenosine, a neuromodulator with anti-nociceptive attributes, is released during acupuncture treatments. A nociceptor is a sensory receptor that responds to stimuli by conducting nerve signals to the spinal cord and brain. The process itself is referred to as nociception and commonly results in the perception of pain. Lead investigator Maikin Nedergaard, co-director of Rochester’s Center for Translational Neuromedicine said, “We have produced the first evidence that acupuncture releases a natural pain-relieving molecule into the body. . . Adenosine is a key to reducing pain during acupuncture treatment.”
The discovery of the adenosine release explains the principles of acupuncture in western clinical terms and adds still more momentum to the mainstream acceptance of acupuncture in the United States. Perhaps the principal reason for this momentum is growing appreciation of the efficacy of acupuncture for treating infertility. Studies show that acupuncture patients have a lower miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy rate and a higher rate of live births than comparative non-acupuncture groups. In one randomized, double-blind study in Fertility and Sterility it was found that acupuncture improves implantation rates for in-vitro fertilization by 180 percent while discovering a significant reduction of gonadotrophins.