After 3,000 years, secrets of acupuncture comes out

October 08, 2009 07:33 PM

Morry 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 points.

"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 points."

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," he explained.

"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.

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