ACUPUNCTURE RELIEF OF CHRONIC PAIN SYNDROME CORRELATES WITH INCREASED PLASMA MET-ENKEPHALIN CONCENTRATIONS

R. Sanford Kiser, RobertJ Gatchel, Krishin Bhatia, Manoochehr Khatami, Xing Ya Huang, KennethZ Altshuler

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Abstract

In twenty patients with chronic pain syndrome, acupuncture treatment resulted in significant improvement of both pain and psychiatric symptoms and higher plasma concentrations of met-enkephalin. Plasma beta-endorphin concentrations were unchanged. The degree of symptom relief was correlated with the increase in plasma met-enkephalin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1394-1396
Number of pages3
JournalThe Lancet
Volume322
Issue number8364
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 17 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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