Acupuncture therapy to be used for spinal recovery!
In a ray of hope for many human sufferers, scientists have shown that rats with damaged spines can walk again after undergoing acupuncture therapy.
London: In a ray of hope for many human sufferers, scientists have shown that rats with damaged spines can walk again after undergoing acupuncture therapy.
Researchers at Kyung Hee University in South Korea have claimed that the ancient Chinese treatment stopped nerve cell death in the rats by reducing inflammation, according to the `New Scientist`.
In their research, the researchers damaged the spines of 75 rats. One-third of them were given acupuncture in two locations: Shuigou between their snout and mouth and Yanglingquan in the upper hind leg. Others received no treatment or "simulated
After 35 days, the acupuncture group were able to stand at a steeper incline than the others and walk better. Staining their paws with ink revealed that their forelimb hind-limb coordination was fairly consistent and that there was very little toe dragging, whereas the control groups still dragged their feet.
The rats in the acupuncture group also had less nerve cell death and lower levels of proteins known to induce inflammation after spinal cord injury and make neural damage
worse, the researchers found.