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Researchers pinpoint molecule which may control how acupuncture relieves pain.

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Experiments in mice showed that levels of adenosine – a natural painkiller – increased in tissues near acupuncture sites.The Nature Neuroscience study also found that in mice resistant to the effects of adenosine, acupuncture had no effect.

Adenosine is known to have many roles in the body including regulating sleep and reducing inflammation, the researchers said.

[BBC News]

 

What really interests me about this is the connection between adenosine and chronic pain. Am I, like some of those mice, resistant to adenosine?

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Written by tldegray

June 2, 2010 at 6:08 pm

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