a separate study, doctors at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of
New Jersey have shown that acupuncture can relieve pain.
The scientists induced pain in 12 subjects by using
a filament to touch their upper lips. Then they detected the associated
increases in brain activity with a magnetic resonance imaging device. As
the subject's pain was relieved with acupuncture needles placed between
thumb and forefinger, scans showed activity diminished in up to 70% of
the brain. Images taken of their brains showed the activity diminishing
in up to 70%.
Study co-author Huey-Jen Lee said, "So many people
with pain, whether from cancer, headache, or a chronic, unexplained condition,
rely on medications, such as morphine, which can become addicting. Acupuncture
has no side effects, and other studies have shown the pain relief it provides
can last for months or permanently."