• Scientist’s Discovery Reveals How Acupuncture Works

  • Scientist’s Discovery Reveals How Acupuncture Works

    Vitaly Vodyanoy, professor at Auburn University, applied the patented microscope system he created to verify the existence of a primo-vascular system that offers a scientific foundation for acupuncture and osteopathic manipulation, according to Auburn University.

    His findings show the detailed micro-structure of the tiny, translucent system of vessels, sub-vessels and stem cell-filled nodes that span a lab rat’s body. His research is entitled “Characterization of Primo Nodes and Vessels by High Resolution Light Microscopy,” and appears in “The Primo Vascular System: Its Role in Cancer and Regeneration.”


    The fine structure of the node can only be detected through the use of high-resolution light microscopy. In collaboration with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Vodyanoy tested his hypothesis that the nodes, when activated by acupuncture, osteopathic manipulation, pressure or laser, give off stem cells that migrate to organs where they can act as replacements for damaged cells, thereby becoming organ cells.

    Kulesza, a professor of anatomy at LECOM, has characterized the human auditory brainstem and pinpointed brainstem hypoplasia in children and adults with autism. His goal is to characterize the primo-vascular system and dissect the relationships between this system and osteopathic manipulative therapy.

    This isn’t the first time this idea has surfaced. Andrew Taylor Still, a 19th century American physician and Civil War surgeon, first theorized that the primo-vascular system could regenerate cells and tissues. His theory was based on the idea that the body has amazing self-regulatory mechanisms, with the inherent ability to defend, repair and remodel itself.


    The biggest advantage to these findings is an advancement in:

    • Pain management
    • Developmental biology
    • Tissue regeneration
    • Organ reconstruction
    • Diabetes and cancer prevention and treatment

    One example of an acupuncture point is just below the knee, which is believed to connect to the pancreas. Vodyanoy claims that stimulating that point will send stem cells to the pancreas where they can regenerate and repair the organ.

    When injury occurs to the body, cells automatically divide to make new cells. With that division, however, errors can occur in the cells that result in chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cancer, and diabetes. Regeneration and repairing within the primo-vascular system would eliminate this risk.

    Vodyanoy, a founding member of the International Society of Primo Vascular System, is now organizing the second international conference in 2018 in South Korea.

    Contact Metro Detroit Acupuncture

    Call Metro Detroit Acupuncture today at 248-432-2846 for your next appointment. Marino Moutafis, the founder and owner of Metro Detroit Acupuncture in Southeast Michigan, is a nationally certified acupuncturist and licensed by the Michigan Board of Acupuncture. We would be glad to further discuss advances in acupuncture research in Metro Detroit with our patients.