Research: CABYOGLU and colleagues,

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Abstract

CABYOGLU and colleagues, Department of Physiology, Selcuk University, Faculty of Meram Medica, Konya, Turkey, have reviewed (45 references) the mechanism and clinical application of acupuncture. Abstract: This study presents the result of studies exploring the effects of acupuncture on various systems and symptoms. It has been found that endomorphin-1, beta-endorphin, enkephalin, and serotonin levels increase in plasma and brain tissue through acupuncture application. It has been observed that the increases of endomorphin-1, beta-endorphin, enkephalin, serotonin, and dopamine cause analgesia, sedation, and recovery of motor functions. They also have modulating effects on the immune system and promote the breakdown of fat. 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 of gastrointestinal motility and gastritis; of psychological illnesses such as depression, anxiety, and panic disorder; and in rehabilitation from stroke and obesity.

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References

Cabyoglu MT, Ergene N, Tan U. The mechanism of acupuncture and clinical applications. International Journal of Neuroscience 116 (2): 115-125, Feb 2006.

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