Acupuncture Chinese Medicine is over thousands of years old and has seen its popularity rise within the past few decades. Now it seems they may have also left their mark on western medicines scientific world. International Anesthesia Research Society, who publishes the Anesthesia and Analgesia Journal, has given credibility to acupuncture.
At the University of Munich, Dr. Phillip Lang and his associates conducted quantitative sensory testing in 24 healthy volunteers. They tested pain sensitivity to determine changes in a person using acupuncture. When acupuncture was executed on the leg researchers found pain tolerance had increased up to fifty percent. The effects were documented on both legs where treatment of acupuncture was used and was not used.
Tests Revealed Significant And Definitive Conclusions On Acupuncture
Physicians use quantitative sensory testing clinically in order to figure out distinct injuries in nerve fibers in conjunction with chronic pain. Both thermal perception (hot and cold) and mechanical perception (apply pressure to skin) were included in the testing. Response patterns gave diagnostic information for patients with nerve injury surmising the type of nerve involved and likely treatments.
The conclusion aimed at two nerve fibers, the “A delta” and “C”.being definitely affected by acupuncture. Even though the effects were modest, researchers deem they give enough foundation of persons with chronic pain, where the effects might be more significant.
Endorsed also in the study are the effects of three diverse forms of acupuncture, manual acupuncture with just needles and then added high and low frequency provocation. The treatments were done by a experienced acupuncturist.
The outcome renders a scientific background for acupuncture.
Dr. Dominik Lrich, University of Munich, Head of the Multidisciplinary Pain Center, Department of Anesthesiology, stated the results showed contralateral stimulation can provide amazing relief for pain. Acupuncture should occur if the injured side is to distressing or bandaged and no access is available.
Dr. Steven L. Schafer, Editor-in-Chief of Anesthesia and Analgesia Journal perspective of the results were exceptional beginning findings. If alternative laboratories can duplicate the results in properly controlled studies then it will present scientific foundation evidence of acupuncture. The quantitative sensitivity testing to distinguish distinct types of nerves involved in pain transference could help guide research into the mechanism acupuncture analgesia.
This study appears in the Anesthesia and Analgesia Journal May 2010.
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