How does acupuncture work? Another study is looking at the issue

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It’s a very frequent question – just how DOES acupuncture work? And the short answer is…nobody really knows, yet. But studies are continually being done, so hopefully we will narrow in on the mechanism of action, and the skeptics will be convinced. Researchers recently studied the effects of needling one point on the leg for pain relief, and found that it down regulated pro-inflammatory macrophages and up regulated anti-inflammatory macrophages that are an important source of IL-10 anti-inflammatory cytokines. The IL-10 cytokines reduce pain. The researchers note, “These findings provide new evidence that MA (manual acupuncture) produces a phenotypic switch in macrophages and increases IL-10 concentrations in muscle to reduce pain and inflammation.”  – See more at: http://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1336-acupuncture-pain-killing-mystery-revealed#sthash.fwRNxmuj.dpuf

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