Acupuncture proves effective in treating carpal tunnel syndrome

Acupuncture. Long been known to relieve pain, but not much
scientific evidence to back it up. Recently, researchers from Korea and Harvard
University were able to prove the procedure is effective in relieving wrist pain. Park Se-young tells us more. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common work-related
condition that can be caused by repetitive hand and wrist movements. In a clinical study of the condition, researchers
from Korea and Harvard University were able to present scientific evidence of the effectiveness
of acupuncture for relieving the pain. In a study of 80 people with carpal tunnel
syndrome, the researchers found that real acupuncture led to measurable improvements
in median nerve function at the wrist. The subjects were broken into three groups
— the first got acupuncture at the wrist and ankle, the second got it only at the wrist
and the third had fake acupuncture. “The measure of nerve conduction at the wrist
only improved in the groups that had real acupuncture, and not in the group that received
sham acupuncture.” The effects of the acupuncture treatments
were observed by measuring the brain’s reaction. This is the first time that the principle
of the treatment was identified through objective data from clinical research and brain imaging
technology. “The interesting thing that we found is that
the brain, in chronic pain patients, is the important organ for transmitting acupuncture
effects and we specifically used MRI research.” The study was published in the journal Brain,
and the researchers plan to devote further research to acupuncture treatments for pain
relief. Park Se-young, Arirang News.

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