In a recently published article in the online Nature Medicine, researchers at Rutgers Medical school discovered that electroacupuncture had a significant anti-inflammatory effects in mice infected with polymicrobial peritonitis. The report found an anti-inflammatory mechanism involving the sciatic and vagus nerves mediated immune response involving the production of catecholamines in the adrenal glands. The finding suggests that one of the ways which acupuncture work is on its effect on neural pathways that regulate immune functions.
For more information on the study, check out: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/talking-back/2014/03/03/can-acupuncture-reverse-killer-inflammation/
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