Acupuncture Effect on Pain

  • Wen-Hsieh Wu
  • Jiang Ye


Acupuncture has been used in China for thousands of years to maintain the health status and treat diseases by adjusting and balancing the negative, Yin, and positive, Yang, energy. It has also been used to treat different types of pain disorders. In this chapter, the effort will be devoted to summarize the scientific basis for its use in pain control. The discussion will be divided into the following sections:
  • the current knowledge of acute and chronic pain mechanisms

  • possible explanation for acupuncture/electro-acupuncture (EA) effect on these mechanisms, and

  • the critical and scientific review on highly discriminated clinical investigations for its effectiveness.


Dorsal Horn Morphine Withdrawal Rostral Ventromedial Medulla High Responder Endogenous Opioid System 
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  • Jiang Ye

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