The BBC website posted an article about a program they run on complementary medicine. In this article, titled "Acupuncture ‘deactivates brain’", they tell about research on the chinese acupuncture method and its effect on the brain.
A group of scientists used 2 groups of volunteers. One group was treated with deep (1cm) acupuncture to reduce pain, the other group underwent a superficial needling only 1mm deep.
The team, including leading scientists from University College London, Southampton University and the University of York, found the superficial needling resulted in activation of the motor areas of the cortex, a normal reaction to pain.
But with deep needling, the limbic system, part of the pain matrix, is deactivated.
I have recently written in the article 3 simple ways to get rid of pain about acupressure method to reduce pain, which uses acupuncture point on the back of the hand, just as the article stated.
The professors in the articles seemed surprised on the results but it is known that in China people can undergo surgeries using only acupuncture instead of anesthetic.
It seems that the current medics have yet a lot to learn from the ancient chinese wisdom and it is a good sign that more research is performed in this direction.
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Link: BBC article.