Acupuncture versus opiate drugs

By April 20, 2018May 11th, 2018Acupuncture, narcotics

Acupuncture versus analgesics

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There are a lot of narcotics drugs available. For example:  endone, oxycontin, norspan, durogesic etc.  These all release endorphins in the brain which numb the brain to pain.

The brain works on a feedback loop. An example is driving your car.  The speedometer gives feedback and we adjust the throttle accordingly.  When narcotics flood the brain, it stops producing its own endorphins. This means that when the narcotics wear off the brain is has no endorphins of its own. Hence the pain is magnified enormously.

Acupuncture works in the opposite way. It stimulates endorphin release in the brain naturally.  This means there is no withdrawal when the endorphins subside. The brain is producing its own endorphins. It thus increases analgesia without the addictive properties of narcotics.

Lyrica of no benefit

Recently Lyrica has been promoted for neuropathic pain. It has been widely prescribed by GPs for all sorts of pain. Recent studies have shown that Lyrica is no better than placebo.  Probably due to tolerance effects.

Thus it is clear that taking pain killers provides temporary pain relief but leads to long term pain management issues. Acupuncture works in the reverse way by stimulating the natural endorphins in the brain.


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