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A new acupuncture triggered pain relieving pathway discovered

The BBC has reported on some breaking research involving a molecule which may control how acupuncture relieves pain. The US study showed that levels of adenosine – a natural painkiller – increased in tissues near acupuncture sites. admittedly, this work used mice, not people, but the early results only add to the growing body of evidence that supports the scientific basis for acupuncture as an effective pain management tool.
Adenosine is made by the body and controls many internal processes by triggering a response through one of its many receptors (A1, A2A, A2B, and A3) located in the surface of many cells.
With regards to pain, adenosine acts as an inhibitory neurotransmitter – in other words, it slows or blocks the transmission of pain messages. In addition to this, adenosine promotes sleep by accumulating hour by hour while we are awake. When levels reach a certain threshold level we start to feel sleepy… If we take a slug of coffee (or chocolate) we can block this effect because caffeine binds to the adenosine receptors effectively blocking their call for us to seek our bed! The chemical structure of adenosine and caffeine is similar because both are based on a purine ring structure.
The proof that acupuncture boosts adenosine not only supports the pain killing effects but also the commonly reported sedation effects associated with the treatment. Interestingly, those who are non-responders to acupuncture may find avoiding coffee and chocolate around their treatment sessions may it’s effects.
Click here for a download of the study.

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BBC Radio Cornwall broadcast for May 2010

My next live health phone-in show will go out live on the 2nd May 2010.  Get involved or simply tune in. If you like what you hear why not join our fan page. More information on contacting me in London or Scotland can be seen by clicking on the links.

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BBC Radio Cornwall broadcast for February 2010

My next health phone-in show will go out live on the 7th February 2010. As always details of the show can be seen at the BBC Radio Cornwall web page and an interesting selection of some of the previous shows questions and answers can be seen on the sites ever growing A-Z Health Section . Feel free to post a question and I will do my best! More information on contacting me in London or Scotland can be seen by clicking on the links.

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BBC Radio Cornwall broadcast for December 2009

My next health phone-in show will go out live on the 13th December 2009. As always details of the show can be seen at the BBC Radio Cornwall web page and an interesting selection of some of the previous shows questions and answers can be seen on the sites ever growing A-Z Health Section . Feel free to post a question and I will do my best! More information on contacting me in London or Scotland can be seen by clicking on the links.

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BBC Radio Cornwall broadcast for November 2009

My next health phone-in show will go out live on the 15th November 2009. As always details of the show can be seen at the BBC Radio Cornwall web page and an interesting selection of some of the previous shows questions and answers can be seen on the sites ever growing A-Z Health Section . Feel free to post a question and I will do my best! More information on contacting me in London or Scotland can be seen by clicking on the links.

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August’s BBC Radio Cornwall date

My next health phone-in show will go out live on the 23rd August 2009. As always details of the show can be seen at the BBC Radio Cornwall web page and an interesting selection of some of the previous shows questions and answers can be seen on the sites ever growing A-Z Health Section . Feel free to post a question and I will do my best! More information on contacting me in London or Scotland can be seen by clicking on the links.

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Next BBC Radio Cornwall date: July 26th

My next health phone-in show will go out live on the 26th July 2009. As always details of the show can be seen at the BBC Radio Cornwall web page and an interesting selection of some of the previous shows questions and answers can be seen on the sites ever growing A-Z Health Section . Feel free to post a question and I will do my best! More information on contacting me in London or Scotland can be seen by clicking on the links.

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