Acupuncture increases Adenosine 24-fold

acupuncture adenosine

I have stumbled upon an article on the mechanism of acupuncture in the latest issue of journal of Nature.

A team of scientist from University of Rochester, New York  found acupuncture triggered an increase in neurotransmitter adenosine an incredible 24-fold at the punctured area. The study is important, because it explains one of the mechanisms how acupuncture works.
Listen to Scientific American podcast on the subject:

More details in Nature Neuroscience.

Update: there was a substantial media coverage of this study including scientific journals like Scientific American and mainstream media including New Zealand Herald. I’ve inserted a scanned image of the story in NZ Herald forwarded to me by one of my colleagues.