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Mystery of acupuncture points 'solved'

world Updated: Feb 02, 2010 23:13 IST

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Chinese scientists claim to have solved the mystery of acupuncture points, a major breakthrough which could pave the way for treatment of early stage cancers by detecting the tumour cells, using super powerful X-rays.

Many researchers thought the acupuncture therapy was effective, but doubted whether acupuncture points did exist.

Now, a team, led by the Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility (SSRF), has discovered that the acupuncture points do exist but these differ from other parts of the body.

"X-ray beams emitted by the Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility (SSRF) are 100 million times brighter, and 10,000 times more intense than the beam produced by a standard X-ray machine," the Xinhua news agency quoted Xiao Tiqiao, the head of the construction of SSRF's beamlines, as saying.

In fact, the SSRF, the biggest scientific platform for science research and technology development in China, had last month concluded a nine-month trial operation.

During the trial operation, the light sources helped in the treatment of fatal cancers, a task led by the scholars with the Med-X Institute of the Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

"The beamlines are just like super microscopes. They can contribute to the treatment of early stage cancers by detecting the tumor cells that might be overlooked by the X-ray at hospital," Xiao said.