I have always been more than a bit cynical about any “cures or healings”which can't be supported by substantial evidence produced by a competent group of scientists.
Things such as weird diets, things that are sold on TV at 12:30 AM for 3 payments of $29.95, anything promoted by “celebrity spokespersons” are all suspect. I have, however, thought there was more to acupuncture that the standard quack bullshit. It has, after all, survived for over 4000 years (of course so have magical, mythical sky guys).
In a paper published online May 30 in Nature Neuroscience, a team at the University of Rochester Medical Center identifies the molecule adenosine as a central player in parlaying some of the effects of acupuncture in the body. Building on that knowledge, scientists were able to triple the beneficial effects of acupuncture in mice by adding a medication approved to treat leukemia in people.
The research focuses on adenosine, a natural compound known for its role in regulating sleep, for its effects on the heart, and for its anti-inflammatory properties. But adenosine also acts as a natural painkiller.
Adenosine is also the primary molecule that produces the energy molecules that are used directly by the body (Adenosine Tri-phosphate, ATP and Adenosine Di-phosphate, ADP)
In the current study, scientists found that the chemical is also very active in deeper tissues affected by acupuncture....acupuncture creates signals that cause the brain to churn out natural pain-killing endorphins.