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

Identifier

020094

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

Lancet. 1980 Nov 1;2(8201):946-9.  Increased beta-endorphin but not met-enkephalin levels in human cerebrospinal fluid after acupuncture for recurrent pain.   Clement-Jones V, McLoughlin L, Tomlin S, Besser GM, Rees LH, Wen HL.

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 with recurrent pain may be mediated by the release into the CSF of the endogenous opiate, beta-endorphin.

PMID: 6107591

 

The source of the experience

PubMed

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Symbols

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Overloads

Extreme pain
Hurt [physical]

Suppressions

Stimulation of trigger points

Commonsteps

Acupuncture

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