Silberstein, professor at Australia's
Curtin University of Technology (CUT),
has developed new theory, for the
first time the scientific reasons,
how acupuncture works was explained.
Silberstein said, “We have never
really had a scientific explanation
for how acupuncture actually works."
"If we can explain the process
scientifically, we can open it to
full scientific scrutiny and develop
ways to use it as a part of medical
treatments," Silberstein explained.
New research suggests that when acupuncture
needle is inserted into the skin,
it disrupts the branching point of
nerves called C-fibres, which transmit
low-grade sensory information over
very long distances.
Silberstein cleared about acupuncture
"We have known for some time
that acupuncture points have a much
lower electrical resistance than nearby
areas of skin," Silberstein said.
"It is possible that this is
because C-fibre nerves branch at acupuncture
Certainly, Silberstein has a theory
which is associated with the exact
role of C-fibres play in the nervous
system, which scientists do not know.
"This network of nerves possibly
exists to maintain our state of arousal
or wakefulness, and its disruption
by an acupuncture needle numbs our
general sensitivity to pain,"
"It may provide us with new methods
of treating sleep problems, pain and
high blood pressure," he said.
After 3,000 years, the secrets of
acupuncture have been unlocked by
Curtin University of Technology researchers.