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Increased plasma β-endorphin concentrations after acupuncture: comparison of electroacupuncture, traditional Chinese acupuncture, TENS and placebo TENS
  1. Sefkat Abenyakar, Registrar,
  2. Feyza Boneval, Chief of Department
  1. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Şişli Etfal Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
  1. P.K.413 Sirkeci, 34434 Istanbul, Turkey


Seventeen patients with pain from various causes were treated by Electroacupuncture (n=5), Traditional Chinese Acupuncture (n=4), Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (n=4) or Placebo TENS (n=4). Each treatment lasted 25 minutes. Plasma β-endorphin concentrations were measured before and after the session. Electroacupuncture and Traditional acupuncture treatments were both associated with a significant rise in plasma β-endorphin levels.

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