Endorphins have been found to be clearly involved in the regulation of pain; even the analgesic effects of acupuncture treatments may be attributable to them. Such substances are also believed to have some relation to appetite control, the release of sex hormones through the pituitary, and the adverse effects of shock. There is strong evidence that endorphins are connected with “pleasure centres” in the brain. Knowledge about the behavior of the endorphins and their receptors in the brain has implications for the treatment of opiate addictions and chronic pain disorders.
In a quest to ascertain the effectiveness of acupuncture, a renowned medical doctor, researcher and acupuncturist Bruce Pomeranz recently did a review of 85 papers assessing drugs used in conventional medicine. He found out that The side effects of drugs are horrendous. In contrast, the side effect profile for acupuncture is almost zero. He claimed; if you do proper acupuncture, you can’t hurt anybody. You can’t say that about drugs. So why not try the conservative, the safe acupuncture treatment?
DOES ACUPUNCTURE TRULY RELEASE ENDOPHINS?
Earlier before his new finding Dr. Pomeranz has spent two decade disproving his own hypothesis! After conducting more than a thousand experiments, with sixteen different kinds. Fortunately, the remarkable change in his line of thought came when he conducted a simple study using naloxone. He said “the key was naloxone, a drug that specifically blocks the endorphins. It binds to receptors. It was called a “morphine antagonist” in the early days, and now it’s called an ‘endorphin antagonist.’ For example, if you have an unconscious addict in the emergency room and you want to know if it’s an overdose of morphine, you inject tiny amounts of naloxone. Because it blocks so powerfully, if it’s morphine, he will completely wake up.”
So his hypothesis was that if endorphins were involved and if he injected tiny amounts of naloxone, it should block the acupuncture effects he was seeing on cells. Sure enough, it did.
Proof that Acupuncture Releases Endorphins
- Naloxone blocked acupuncture analgesia
- Six opiates antagonist block acupuncture analgesia
- Dextro-naloxone doesn’t block acupuncture analgesia
- Antibodies to endorphins block acupuncture analgesia
- Micro-injection of naloxone blocks acupuncture analgesia
- Genetic defects in opiate receptors causes less acupuncture analgesia
- Deficiency in endorphins causes less acupuncture analgesia
- Endorphins rise in cerebral spinal fluid and drop in the brain after acupuncture analgesia
- Acupuncture analgesia is enhanced by protecting from enzyme destruction
- Cross circulation of acupuncture analgesic effects
- Reduce pituitary endorphins block acupuncture analgesia
- A rise in mRNA for proenkephalin with acupuncture analgesia
- C-fos gene protein rises in endorphin areas of brain
- Acupuncture analgesia shows cross tolerance with morphine addiction
- Acupuncture analgesia works best for emotional pain like endorphin
- Lesions of arcuate nucleus blocks acupuncture analgesia
- Lesions of periaquaductal gray blocks acupuncture analgesia