Monday, May 31, 2010

Acupuncture combo with adenosine shows promise

Good news for pain management this week: researchers find that acupuncture studies in mice, using adenosine enhancement, may help reduce pain. Obviously there is a ways to go, years of study in humans at some point, before this would be in use at your local doctor's office.

Researchers published in Nature Neuroscience that they identified the molecule adenosine as a central player in parlaying some of the effects of acupuncture in the body. Building on that knowledge, scientists were able to triple the beneficial effects of acupuncture in mice by adding a medcation approved to treat leukemia in people.

You can read more in the press release from the University of Rochester and news coverage including the Boston Globe.