Dr. Zang-Hee Cho became very interested in whether acupuncture had any scientific merit to it.
And I’ve been interested in this as well.
I’ve had acupuncture from a traditional acupuncturist.
And I found it interesting, but in my case — not particularly helpful.
I know many people who found acupuncture very useful.
And I would not hesitate in trying it again for a different condition.
One of the research trips that I took revealed this acupuncture meridian diagram on a temple wall.
This stuff goes back a long way.
But a lot of things go back a long way, and they’re not necessarily scientifically valid.
So, Dr. Cho took some rats and anesthetized them so they wouldn’t experience pain.
And then he applied acupuncture to them and observed the effects on their spinal cord.
Dr. Cho found a striking effect.
Since the rats received anesthesia, Cho used a mechanical method to stress them.
Think about an injury or constant pain, and you get what they’re doing to these rats.
Remember the rats couldn’t feel any pain when they applied this stress method.
Then they allowed the rats to wake up and they tested them over a few weeks.
The mechanical nerve damage was decreased after electroacupuncture stimulation.
So, the rats that had the acupuncture had less nerve damage.
But something else was really striking in these rats:
Neuronal nitric oxide synthase expression was also decreased in L4–5 spinal cord by electroacupuncture treatment
The rats who had acupuncture had lower nitric oxide levels.
This is a dramatic result.
The result shows that the acupuncture probably actually inhibits the pain response dramatically.
Dr. Cho conducted other studies showing that an acupuncture point that is wrong doesn’t work.
The Chinese apparently experimented and developed a map of the proper points.
There is a lot of merit to traditional Chinese medicine.
And if you are experiencing pain, I would suggest that you try acupuncture.
There is scientific proof that it works to reduce pain.
And proof that it reduces inflammation as evidenced here by lower nitric oxide rates in the spinal column of these rats.