Acupuncture reduces inflammation and researchers have discovered one way this works.
They have also mapped the neural pathways by which acupuncture signaling stimulates
Chronic inflammation relates to a wide variety of health concerns and disease processes,
many of which increase rates of other diseases. For examples, major depression, cancer,
psoriasis, Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease
(IBD) are some for which tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-
Chronic inflammation also is a critical step in the start of obesity-
Acupuncture successfully downregulates TNF-
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Acupuncture can significantly relieve the fatigue of breast cancer patients, according
to a study published October 2012 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Participants
had been diagnosed with either stage 1, 2, or 3 breast cancer. All had experienced
at least a moderate level of fatigue for an average of 18 months. Six weekly sessions
of acupuncture for more than 200 patients resulted in their faring better than their
peers on every measure of fatigue that was assessed. This included overall fatigue,
physical and mental fatigue, anxiety and depression levels, functional well-
In September 2012, acupuncture's most rigorous and detailed analysis of treatment to date was reported. It found that acupuncture can ease migraines, arthritis, and other forms of chronic pain.
The research was financed by the National Institutes of Health and published in Archives of Internal Medicine.
"Acupuncture is relatively noninvasive and relatively safe," said Dr. Andrew J. Vickers,
attending research methodologist at Memorial Sloan-