Opioid drugs are the first line of defense in severe pain but the adverse effects associated with opioids are considered as a serious issue worldwide. Acupuncture/electroacupuncture is a type of Chinese medicine therapy which is an effective analgesic therapy, well documented in animals and human studies. Electroacupuncture stimulation could release endogenous opioid peptides causing analgesia in a variety of pain models. It can be used as an alternative therapy to control the opioid crisis.
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Ali, U., Apryani, E., Ahsan, M.Z. et al. Acupuncture/Electroacupuncture as an Alternative in Current Opioid Crisis. Chin. J. Integr. Med. 26, 643–647 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11655-019-3175-7
- Chinese medicine
- opioid crisis