(HealthDay News) -- Acupuncture does help treat pain, a new study shows.
German researchers tested pain responses in 24 healthy volunteers and found that acupuncture, which originated in China more than 2,000 years ago, increased pain thresholds by up to 50 percent. The effects occurred in both the treated leg and untreated (contralateral) leg.
The study also found that two types of nerve fibers -- "A delta" pain fibers and "C" pain fibers -- were altered by acupuncture.
The pain reduction effect of acupuncture in the healthy volunteers was modest, but the results provide the basis for future studies in people with chronic pain, where the beneficial effects of acupuncture may be more dramatic, the researchers said. Read more...
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