For the last 30 years, Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology has been publishing experimental and ground-breaking medical research. The most recent publication, Oxygen Transport to Tissue XXXVII, has a chapter looking at acupuncture and anxiety.
The research focuses on oxidative-hemoglobin (oxy-Hb) concentration of the pre-frontal cortex. This section of the brain in near the forehead and responsible for decision making, social behavior, personality, and cognitive actions. Changes in oxidative-hemoglobin indicate metabolic activity in this brain region. Using imaging (near-infrared spectroscopy) researchers observed changes in this area of the brain on those during and after acupuncture sessions.Read More