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Flick of the Wrist May Be Key to Acupunc

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  • edmailer
    dailynews.yahoo.com Flick of the Wrist May Be Key to Acupuncture Effect NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Acupuncture s therapeutic effect may originate
    Message 1 of 865 , Dec 6, 2001
      dailynews.yahoo.com<br><br>Flick of the Wrist May
      Be Key to Acupuncture Effect<br>NEW YORK (Reuters
      Health) - Acupuncture's therapeutic effect may originate
      from the way in which the acupuncture needle is
      manipulated as it is pulled out of the skin, according to
      researchers.<br><br>Dr. Helene M. Langevin of the University of Vermont
      College of Medicine in Burlington and colleagues report
      that they measured an increase in the amount of force
      needed to withdraw acupuncture needles from the skin
      when the needles were rotated. Such a technique is
      used in traditional acupuncture therapy.<br><br>The
      investigators also found that 18% more force was needed to pull
      the needles from acupuncture points specified in
      ancient texts, compared with ``control'' points that are
      not used in acupuncture.<br><br>This is the first
      time that scientists have identified a physical
      response to acupuncture needles, according to the report,
      which is published in the December issue of the Journal
      of Applied Physiology.<br><br>``We now know that
      needle manipulation has a measurable biomechanical
      effect on the tissue,'' Langevin explained in a prepared
      statement from the University of Vermont.<br><br>In the
      study, Langevin's team measured the amount of force
      required to remove an acupuncture needle from human skin.
      Needles were placed in various locations on the body. The
      pullout force was measured when the needle was pulled
      straight out, rotated in one direction and rotated in two
      directions.<br><br>The needle required 167% more force when pulled out
      while rotating the needle in one direction and 52% more
      force when rotated back and forth upon pullout compared
      with when the needle was extracted with no rotation,
      the report indicates.<br><br>``This study for the
      first time demonstrates a link between acupuncture
      needle manipulation and biomechanical events in the
      tissue,'' the authors write. ``These biomechanical events
      are potentially associated with long-lasting cellular
      and extracellular effects,'' they add.<br><br>``Our
      working hypothesis right now is that the needle grasp is
      due to connective tissue winding around the needle,''
      Langevin said in a prepared statement.<br><br>``We also
      think that the needle may come into contact with more
      connective tissue at the acupuncture points identified in
      ancient texts. This may explain why the pullout force was
      slightly greater at those points,'' she
      added.<br><br>Nonetheless, the researchers note that ``an important
      limitation of this study is that a cause and effect
      relationship between pullout force and therapeutic effect has
      not been established.''<br><br>Acupuncture can be
      traced back at least 2,500 years. The general theory of
      acupuncture is based on the premise that there are patterns
      of energy flow (qi) through the body that are
      essential for health. Disruptions of this flow are believed
      to be responsible for disease. The belief underlying
      the technique is that the acupuncturist can correct
      imbalances of flow by inserting needles at specific points
      in the skin.<br><br>More than one million Americans
      are estimated to use acupuncture. In 1993, the Food
      and Drug Administration (news - web sites) reported
      that Americans spent $500 million annually and made
      about 9 to 12 million patient visits for acupuncture
      treatment.<br><br>SOURCE: Journal of Applied Physiology 2001;91:2471-2478.
    • bob_and_robin
      Hi Bert, Yes acupuncture has been used for animals for years. I think
      Message 865 of 865 , Jan 31, 2002
        Hi Bert,<br>Yes acupuncture has been used for
        animals for years. I think
        <a href=http://homepage.tinet.ie/~progers/study.htm target=new>http://homepage.tinet.ie/~progers/study.htm</a> may have some info about it. There are also a
        number of books on the subject check also
        www.redwingbooks.com or www.bluepoppy.com (hope those are right).
        Acupuncture is used in many operations in China. There are a
        few tests they run prior to cutting. About 50% can
        use it with success. It is also very good for post
        operative pain, such as tooth extraction. You may also find
        some other links at
        <a href=http://acupuncture.8k.com/acupvil.htm target=new>http://acupuncture.8k.com/acupvil.htm</a><br>this one is one of the best collections of links
        around.<br>Hope this helps,<br>Bob
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