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Does acupuncture trigger release of endorphins?

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Dr. Pejman Katiraei
Holistic Medicine 18 years experience
Yes: Acupuncture can influence the activity of our brain and central nervous system (autonomic nervous system), and through this influence it can affect the release of endorphins.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Yes: The following chemicals/neurotransmitters can be impacted by acupuncture: serotonin, norepinephrine, sbustance p, gaba, dopamine, b- endorphin, acth, dynorphins, leucine - enkephalin & methionine-enkephalin. Different forms of acupuncture have different impacts on the body.

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