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New scientific breakthrough proves why acupuncture works

By Tima Vlasto, Holistic Science & Spirit Examiner New groundbreaking research shows that the insertion of an acupuncture needle into the skin disrupts the branching point of nerves called C f ibres. T hese C f ibres transmit low-grade sensory inf ormation over very long distances by using Merkel cells as intermediaries. Dr. Morry Silberstein of the Curtin University of Technology will publish his research in the Journal of Theoretical Biology later this year.
We have ne ve r re ally had a scie nt if ic e xplanat io n f o r ho w acupunct ure act ually wo rks, he said. In t he abse nce o f a scie nt if ic rat io nale , acupunct ure has no t be e n wide ly use d in t he m ainst re am m e dical co m m unit y. If we can e xplain t he pro ce ss scie nt if ically, we can o pe n it t o f ull scie nt if ic scrut iny and de ve lo p ways t o use it as a part o f m e dical t re at m e nt s.

Dr. Silberstein mentions that they have known, f or some time, that the acupuncture points show lower electrical resistance than other nearby areas of the skin. His research specif ically pinpoints that the C Ac up unc ture s c ie ntific b re akthro ug h f ibres actually branch exactly at acupuncture points. Scientists dont know exactly what role C f ibres play in the nervous system, but Dr. Silverstein theorizes that the bundle of nerves exists to maintain arousal or wakef ulness. T he insertion of the acupuncture needle disrupts this circuit and numbs our sensitivity to pain. Acupuncture f or pain relief is actually being taught to American Air Force physicians deployed to Iraq and Af ghanistan (2009) by Dr. Richard Niemtzow MD, PhD, MPH and editor of Medical Acupuncture . His technique called Battlef ield Acupuncture relieves severe pain f or several days and is a variation of acupuncture, which inserts very tiny semi-permanent needles at specif ic acupoints on the skin of the ear that blocks pain signals f rom reaching the brain.
" T his is o ne o f t he f ast e st pain at t e nuat o rs in e xist e nce ," said Dr. Nie m t zo w, who is t he Co nsult ant f o r co m ple m e nt ary and alt e rnat ive m e dicine f o r t he Surge o n Ge ne ral o f t he Air Fo rce , and is af f iliat e d wit h Unif o rm e d Se rvice s Unive rsit y o f t he He alt h

Scie nce s in Be t he sda. " T he pain can be go ne in f ive m inut e s."

It has taken quite a long time f or Western medicine to embrace acupuncture even though it was introduced in the early 1970s af ter contacts with China improved. Professor Tsuei mentions: In 1972 the respected New York Times columnist James Reston underwent an emergency appendectomy while in China. He later wrote about acupuncture treatment f or post-operative pain that was very successf ul. T his report attracted attention and many American physicians and researchers went to China to observe and learn acupuncture techniques. Since then, only a f ew controlled studies were done in the West. Yale researchers proved its ef f ectiveness f or cocaine addiction in 2000 and published their f indings in the August 14 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine . A North Korean researcher, Kim Bonghan, published papers in the early 1960s and his research was conf irmed by the Japanese researchers Fujiwara and Yu in 1967. Unf ortunately his research took almost 40 years to be conf irmed through studies done on rats, rabbit and pigs with Stereo-microscope photographs and electron microsopy.

T he amazing photo shows the stereomicroscopic image of acupuncture meridians:

Asse m blie s o f t ubular st ruct ure s 30 t o 10 0 m icro -m e t e rs wide (re d blo o d ce lls are 6 -8 m icro -m e t e rs in diam e t e r). Appare nt ly t he se st ruct ure s have re m aine d undisco ve re d f o r so lo ng be cause t he y are alm o st t ranspare nt and so t hin t hat t he y are bare ly visible wit h lo w-m agnif icat io n surgical m icro sco pe s. T he y are also e asily co nf use d wit h f ibrin, which co agulat e s and o bscure s t he se st ruct ure s whe n t he re is ble e ding in disse ct e d t issue s. No w t hat t he y have be e n re disco ve re d, re se arche rs are inve st igat ing t he ir co m po sit io n and f unct io n. T he t ubular st ruct ure s t hat m ake up Bo nghan channe ls co nt ain a f lo wing liquid t hat include s abundant hyaluro nic acid, a subst ance t hat cushio ns and lubricat e s t he jo int s, e ye s, skin and e ve n he art valve s. Also visible in t he pho t o graphs are sm all granule s o f DNA o r m icro ce lls abo ut 1-2 m icro -m e t e rs in diam e t e r t hat co nt ain chro m o so m al m at e rial

highly re act ive t o st e m -ce ll ant ibo dy st ains. Whe n t he se ce lls we re iso lat e d and t he n induce d t o dif f e re nt iat e , t he y gre w int o ce lls o f all t hre e ge rm laye rs. T he se m ay be o ur bo dy's nat ural so urce o f pluripo t e nt adult st e m ce lls, wit h t he po t e nt ial t o de ve lo p int o any ce ll in t he bo dy

Russian researchers in 1991 at T he Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine in Novosibirsk, USSR, in a research project lasting several years, discovered how the human body conducts light. T hey f ound that the light conducting ability of the human body exists only along the meridians, and can enter and exit only along the acupuncture points. Dr. Kaznachejew, a prof essor of physics said:
T his se e m s t o pro ve t hat we have a light t ransf e ral syst e m in o ur bo dy so m e what like o pt ical f ibe r . It appe ars t hat t he light can e ve n t rave l whe n t he light canal is be nt , o r t o t ally t wist e d. T he light appe ars t o be re f le ct e d f ro m t he inne r surf ace , appe aring t o go in so m e so rt o f zigzag t rack. Yo u can e xplain t his t hro ugh t radit io nal e le ct ro m agne t ic light t he o ry as it is use d in o pt ical f ibe r co m m unicat io ns.

T his f inding has been conf irmed by a 1992 study in the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine and a 2005 study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine where moxibustion and inf rared thermography were used to trace meridian pathways. T here might be a light body after all. Read more of T ima Vlasto's articles Resources: Studies: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Auricular Acupuncture for Cocaine Dependence .S. Kelly Avants, PhD; Arthur Margolin, PhD; T heodore R. Holford, PhD; T homas R. Kosten, MD Arch Intern Med. 2000;160:2305-2312. Immunomodulatory Effects of Acupuncture in the Treatment of Allergic Asthma : A Randomized Controlled Study.Stef anie Joos, M.D. Department of Anaesthetics, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany. Research: Meridians conduct light by Dr. Sergei Pankratov, Moskow, Published by Raum and Z eit, Germany,1991.Translated f rom the German by Wolf gang Mitschrich


Bonghan Channels in Acupuncture By David Milbradt, LAc, Acupunture Today Bonghan Duct and Acupuncture Meridian as Optical Channel of Biophoton Curtin University of Technology T hese C f ibres transmit low-grade sensory inf ormation over very long distances by using Merkel cells as intermediaries. Scientific Evidence in Support of Acupuncture and Meridian T heory Prof essor Julia J. Tsuei M.D., F.A.C.O.G. Medical acupuncture gaining acceptance by the US Air Force Acupuncture is promising treatment for cocaine addiction, Yale researchers find Photo Credit: Acupuncture Today: A stereomicroscopic image of the lymphatic vessel around the caudal vena cava of a rat. The photograph (left) and its illustration (right) show the novel threadlike structure (solid arrow) that passes throw the lymphatic valve (open arrow). The photograph was taken in vivo and in situ, and a piece of black paper was put under the lymphatic vessel to exhibit the target clearly. The scale bar is 100 micro-meters.. Wikimedia Commons: Physican inserting needle
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