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July 19, 2009

The Chemicals of Pain in Cancer

A study recently published in Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research found that a mouse cancer pain model when given electro-acupuncture(EA) caused a decrease in substance P and an increase in beta-endorphin. "The concentration of beta-endorphin for EA treatment group increased by 51.457% in the blood and 12.6% in the brain respectively, compared to the tumor control group." Substance P is a known modulator of pain perception and beta-endorphin is a universally known opioid receptor that controls and dulls pain perception in the body.

"EA treatment could be used as an alternative therapeutic method for cancer pain due to a consequent decrease in substance P and increase in beta-endorphin levels."

Abstract: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research July 16, 2009.

Posted by mpence at July 19, 2009 06:59 PM