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New study: acupuncture effective in the brain?

British scientists have used brain scans and functional MRIs to find that acupuncture does not work in the body, but directly in the brain. The scientists from the British University of York and its Medical School published their study in the international journal “Brain Research”. The magazine is dedicated to the publication of multidisciplinary studies in brain sciences.

17 people were examined - all right-handed. The right LI-4 (Hegu-) point on the back of the hand was acupunctured.

The test participants were subdivided again into subjects who felt pain and those who perceived the so-called “deqi” feeling. This is the feeling that has been described in acupuncture for ages: It can consist of heat, heat, tingling, walking with ants, cold, etc.

For those participants who reported this feeling, a deactivation of certain brain areas that have to do with the pain sensation was measured by means of the imaging devices based on the blood flow. In the other group, these areas were more likely to be activated.

According to the scientist, it now appears objectively scientifically proven that acupuncture can influence certain brain areas and functions. The study does not say how and whether pain can be influenced with it. Further studies are currently being carried out at York University to test the influence of acupuncture on irritable bowel syndrome and depression.

If the scientists' studies produce verifiable results, then this would certainly be a boon for the British health system, since acupuncture is not needed much other than the needles for treatment and thus represents a cost-effective form of therapy.

However, observers warn against seeing individual effects of acupuncture too detached from the medical system behind it. The basics of acupuncture go back to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which are around 2000 years old.

They involve the idea of ​​a life force called qi. This should move in a constant flow in our body. If there are imbalances or disruptions, complaints can arise. This is a fundamentally different understanding of health and disease than is the case in western established medicine.

If the use of acupuncture strays too far from its philosophical and theoretical roots, this could have negative consequences for the success of the treatment. (Thorsten Fischer, naturopath osteopathy, 02/09/2010)

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