RedTracker| Acupuncture has gotten significant scientific credibility in a new study of the effects of acupuncture on the peripheral nervous system — the nerves in our body that aren’t part of the brain and spinal cord. The results reinforce an established body of work confirming that in the central nervous system, acupuncture creates signals that cause the brain to churn out natural pain-killing endorphins.
A team at the University of Rochester Medical Center identified the molecule adenosine as a central player in the effectiveness of acupuncture. Moving beyond adenosine’s effectiveness as a sleep regulator, a heart-regulator, and its anti-inflammatory properties, researchers determined that it’s also active in the deep tissues affected by acupuncture. via Science Daily