Researchers Discover Acupuncture's Secret
Henry Reed


A new discovery reveals insights into the secret of acupuncture's modus operandi. The finding, reported in the American Journal of Physiology, contradicts the assumption that acupuncture functions through the body's meridians. In a collaborative study between Dr. John Longhurst of the University of California-Irvine and Li Peng of Shanghai Medical University, the ability of acupuncture to lower blood pressure was successfully manipulated by controlling the brain's ability to produce endorphins. It appears that the power of acupuncture, at least in regulating blood pressure, operates through the endorphin system.

The researchers' next step, according to a report distributed by the Scripps Howard News Service, is to determine which nerve cells in the endorphin system are being stimulated by acupuncture and whether any other parts of the nervous system may contribute to acupuncture's effects on the cardiovascular system.



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