After another tasty lunch at the Royal College of Physicians, we took up our seats to take part in the speaker forum. I was expecting plenty of questions to be put forward for discussion and was not disappointed. We had questions relating to the broad range of topics from the morning’s presentations; from purigenic signalling to the role of acupuncture in post-surgical pain to clinical application of auricular acupuncture and more.
Here are some highlights by topic:
Acupuncture and purigenic signalling
According to Professor Geoffrey Burnstock (GB), all cells release ATP. These include endothelial, skin, muscle, neural and immune (e.g mast) cells. ATP acts upon its various receptors creating a purigenic signalling effect, this may have positive effects at the various sites. In the correct doses, facilitated ATP release, for example in response to acupuncture, has been proposed to have a variety of therapeutic physiological effects. These range from autonomic modulation to analgesia, mainly due to its function as a co-transmitter.