MRI Studies Show That Acupuncture Treatments Reduce Pain

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Western Medical doctors are determining that there is a scientific reason for how acupuncture works and it has been proven with MRI studies.  The following story, published by Ed Sussman in WebMD Health News (12/1/99), was based on information presented at the 85th Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.  “The data is pretty impressive,” Elvira Lang, MD, associate professor of radiology and medicine at Harvard Medical School, Boston, tells WebMD. She says the MRI pictures clearly show a reduction in pain activation. “This shows there really is something going on here.”

One conclusion was that because the MRI definitively shows brain activity, it was likely the increased tolerance to pain was real and not just an artifact of treatment, known as a placebo effect.

The full article can be read here:

http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/news/19991201/mri-shows-accupuncture-reduce-pain

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