Abstract: The mechanism of acupuncture and clinical applications

Int J Neurosci. 2006 Feb;116(2):115-25.

Cabyoglu MT, Ergene N, Tan U.

Department of Physiology, Selcuk University, Faculty of Meram Medica, Konya, Turkey.

This study presents the result of the studies explaining the effects of acupuncture on various systems and symptoms. It has been determined that endomorphin-1, beta endorphin, encephalin, and serotonin levels increase in plasma and brain tissue through acupuncture application.

It has been observed that the increases of endomorphin-1, beta endorphin, encephalin, serotonin, and dopamine cause analgesia, sedation, and recovery in motor functions. They also have immunomodulator effects on the immune system and lipolitic effects on metabolism.

Because of these effects, acupuncture is used in the treatment of pain syndrome illnesses such as migraine, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, and trigeminal neuralgia; of gastrointestinal disorders such as disturbance at gastrointestinal motility and gastritis; of psychological illnesses such as depression, anxiety, and panic attack; and in rehabilitation from hemiplegia and obesity.

PMID: 16393878 [PubMed – in process]

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