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et tu…? Acupuncture and pain in Nature, part deux

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Continued from Part 1… As I was saying, a study by Goldman et al. in the July 2010 issue of Nature Neuroscience, postulates that “Adenosine A1 receptors mediate local anti-nociceptive (i.e. pain reducing) effects of acupuncture.”

I stumbled a little right at the title. Anti-nociceptive effects of acupuncture? Where is the evidence that such an effect exists?

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et tu…? Acupuncture and pain in Nature, part one

Harriet Hall, MD, once coined an exceptionally apt phrase to describe research in many alternative medicine modalities—”Tooth Fairy Science”; it refers to research undertakings into a phenomenon whose existence is yet to be established. In a post in her blog Science-based Medicine, she explained:

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