Inhibition of enzymes involved in adenosine degradation potentiated the acupuncture-elicited increase in adenosine, as well as its anti-nociceptive effect. This impressive paper is the first set of studies to identify a critical role for adenosine in the local mechanism of manual acupuncture in inflammatory and. Adenosine A1 receptors mediate local anti-nociceptive effects of acupuncture. Nanna Goldman1, 4, Michael Chen1, 4, Takumi Fujita1, 4, Qiwu Xu1, Weiguo.

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Recommendations Abstract Comments You have reached your article limit. Classified as close New Finding 2. What this study shows is that sticking needles in mice causes adenosine production and adenosjne that adenosine can blunt the pain response in nerves by binding to the A1 receptor. In fact, vibratory stimulation applied to the skin depressed the activity of nociceptive neurons in the lower lumbar segments of cats by release of adenosine.

No, it does not. Instead of working to turn these observations into usable therapies, now Nedergaard and her collaborators will likely use their preliminary data to apply to NCCAM for a grant to study adenosine in acupuncture further, rather than pursuing this observation in a manner far more likely to lead to a clinical benefit in human beings. Disclosures Policy Provide sufficient details of any financial or non-financial competing interests to enable users to assess whether your comments might lead a asenosine person to question your impartiality.

The only thing in common with acupuncture in this study is the needle sticking part, and the investigators might as well conclude that this study validates ear piercing for pain relief.

You work at the same institute as any of the authors. All Figure S3 shows is that failing to rotate the needle results in loss of the analgesic effect. You have a close personal relationship e. Perhaps the most infuriating aspect of all the hype is that the study being hyped loxal describes a fair bit of interesting biochemistry behind the pain response.

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Another overhyped acupuncture study misinterpreted

Up until now, this paper was a fairly straightforward neuroscience paper looking at some interesting results. The research complements a rich, established body of work showing that in the central nervous system, acupuncture creates signals that cause the brain to churn out natural pain-killing endorphins. Register for day free trial Registration is free and only takes a moment, or subscribe for unlimited access. Topics Discussed in This Paper. Certain parts of this website offer the opportunity for users to post opinions, information aadenosine material including without limitation academic papers and data ‘Material’ in areas of the website.


Examples of ‘Non-Financial Competing Interests’ Within the past 4 years, you have held joint grants, published or collaborated with any of the authors of the selected paper. Geoffrey Burnstock Medical hypotheses Absent evidence adenossine the current study showing that stimulating the skin results in the release of adenosine and subsequent blunting of the pain response in the extremities of these mice, Nedergaard ani-nociceptive have been better off leaving this entire paragraph out of the paper.

If you are a potential patient and found this page through a Google search, please check out Dr. Another overhyped acupuncture study misinterpreted David Gorski on June 2, This Agreement shall begin on the date hereof. So far, so good. I was really surprised at the arrogance of some of my colleagues. By clicking “I accept the Terms and Conditions relating to Materials” before you submit your first Material as hereinafter defined you agree to be bound by these conditions every time you submit Material.

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Neither of the above. However, I doubt this paper would have gotten into Nature Neuroscience if all the investigators did was to show that a bit of local inflammation resulted in the secretion effect adenosine into the extracellular fluid and then showed that that adenosine blunted the pain response in acupunture nerve endings. This entry form currently does not support special characters. You expect to receive, or in the past 4 years have received, shared grant support or other funding with any of the authors.

Showing of extracted citations. For such a progression to be useful, though, scientists have to be sure that the phenomenon in human patients under study actually exists.

That would acupunchure been much less interesting, because there is already a fair amount of literature implicating the A1 receptor as a target for the relief of neuropathic pain. I would like to receive updates when further comments, recommendations, or dissenting opinions are publishing on this article. You are entitled to post or upload the Material on the website and have all necessary licenses and consents qnti-nociceptive do so; the Material does not infringe any intellectual property right, including without limitation copyright, patent or trademark, or other proprietary right of any third party; the Material does not contain any defamatory, libellous, offensive, indecent or otherwise unlawful material or material which is an invasion of privacy; the Material does not contain any contaminating or destructive features or devices such as viruses, time bombs or coding designed to interrupt, destroy or amti-nociceptive the functionality anti-nociceptlve this website or any of this website’s user’s computer equipment or software; the Material will not be used to solicit or promote business or custom or present commercial activities or unlawful activity; and the Material is in compliance with all applicable laws.

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These terms shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English Law. According to TCM, this point is also known as Stomach and its current indications are:. Institutional access Recommend FPrime to your librarian or information manager to request an extended free trial for all users at your institution. From Eeffects Paper Topics from this paper. Perhaps they could even develop oral drugs that are broken down into adenosine or A1 receptor agonists in the peripheral tissues.

Contrary to her implication, Supplemental Figures 2 and 3 do not refute the results showing that non-penetrating acupuncture works as well as penetrating acupuncture.

Another overhyped acupuncture study misinterpreted – Science-Based Medicine

Since a bunch of readers, both here and at my other blog, have deluged my mail box with this particular study, I felt obligated to have a look at it, even if Steve Novella has already weighed in with his excellent deconstruction. Injecting CCPA into the Zusanli point greatly improved touch sensitivity and in essence reversed the increased sensitivity to heat.

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Purinergic signalling in the nervous system: This study says absolutely nothing at all about all the other myriad claimed benefits of acupuncture in fertility treatments, headache, or hot flashes after menopause, to name a few.

These guys have found something that may even have a potential clinical application. New Finding Interesting Hypothesis. Toothpicks work just as well as needles.