Biomedical Effects of Acupuncture

  title={Biomedical Effects of Acupuncture},
  author={Hegyi Gabriella},
  journal={International Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine},
  • Hegyi Gabriella
  • Published 2015
  • Medicine
  • International Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Biomedical effects of acupuncture Introduction: The use of acupuncture as a method of pain relief in western medicine is based on a wide range of clinical trials, and there is no doubt that it has significant effect in the treatment of acute and chronic pain. Method: We were going a summary on past decades performed acupuncture studies on effects. Studies found that in chronic pain the concentration of endorphins in the spinal fluid is markedly reduced. Cholecystokinin octapeptide has been… Expand
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