University of California at Irvine (UCI) get a big grant to study how acupuncture can treat cardiovascular disease The subsidy to bridge the gap between Western medicine, Oriental Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California Irvine (United UU.) received $ 2,000,000 in five-year federal grant to continue studying how an ancient Oriental healing treatment can help treat cardiovascular diseases such as heart disease, hypertension and arrhythmias. The grant extends a grant from the past five years from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.Dr. John Longhurst UC Irvine cardiologist and director of the Center received the award and leading research institutes such as acupuncture produces physiological changes in the brain that can do the oppositeof the diseases that affect millions of Americans.
The study is the first of its kind in federal support. Modern Western medicine has always been skeptical about acupuncture, said Longhurst, who is also the Lawrence K. Dodge Professor Integrative Biology. But the fact is that hundreds of millions of people benefit from this treatment throughout the world, making our goal to fill this gap and a clear medical or scientific basis of acupuncture. Longhurst said that despite its long history, there is little medical research has been conducted on the effects of acupuncture in certain diseases.
A cardiologist, Longhurst studies at the molecular level how acupuncture stimulates the brain cells to release neurotransmitters that either inhibit or heighten cardiovascularactivity. Acupuncture is a 3000 years of Chinese medicine that involves inserting needles into specific body points to cure disease or relieve pain. When an acupuncture needle is inserted at specific sites in the wrist, inside of the forearm or leg, this triggers the release of opioid chemicals in the brain that reduce arousal responses in the cardiovascular system, according to Longhurst.
This reduces the hearts activity
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