Is this how acupuncture works?

A professor at Australia’s Curtin Institute of Technology, Dr Morry Silberstein, may have figured out what makes acupuncture work:

His research, to be published in the Journal of Theoretical Biology later this year, suggests that the insertion of an acupuncture needle into the skin disrupts the branching point of nerves called C fibres, which transmit low-grade sensory information over very long distances by using Merkel cells as intermediaries.

“We have known for some time that acupuncture points have a much lower electrical resistance than nearby areas of skin,” Dr Silberstein said.

“It is possible that this is because C fibre nerves branch at acupuncture points.”

Scientists do not know exactly what role C fibres play in the nervous system….

There’ve been a few studies that have shown that acupuncture does *something*, although most scientists seem to shrug and say, “Must be endorphins,” when asked how. It’d be interesting if Silberstein finally revealed something measurable.