Increased beta-endorphin but not met-enkephalin levels in human cerebrospinal fluid after acupuncture for recurrent pain.

@article{ClementJones1980IncreasedBB,
  title={Increased beta-endorphin but not met-enkephalin levels in human cerebrospinal fluid after acupuncture for recurrent pain.},
  author={Vicky Clement-Jones and Lorraine McLoughlin and S L Tomlin and G. Michael Besser and Lesley H. Rees and H. L. Wen},
  journal={Lancet},
  year={1980},
  volume={2 8201},
  pages={946-9}
}
Low-frequency electroacupuncture effectively alleviated recurrent pain in 10 patients. Basal levels of beta-endorphin and met-enkephalin in the lumbar cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of these patients were not different from those in pain-free control subjects. After electroacupuncture in the patients with pain CSF beta-endorphin levels rose significantly in all subjects, but met-enkephalin levels were unchanged. These results suggest that the analgesia observed after electroacupuncture in patients… CONTINUE READING
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