Describes action of acupuncture; stops pain by stimulating the release of endorphins into the cerebrospinal fluid. (Pert, Candace, PhD. Molecules of Emotion. NY: Scribner, 1997, p 276)

Eastern medicine: believes acupuncture balances the body’s energy flow; Western medicine: believes acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins (internal painkillers), triggers the production of calming benzodiazepines (internal tranquilizers), elevates serotonin (mood booster), and may block pain signals from entering the brain. (Greenwood-Robinson, Maggie, PhD. 20/20 Thinking. NY: Avery, Putnam Special Markets, 2003, pp 152-154)

States that acupuncture can help to relieve some types of pain, and may also reduce symptoms of withdrawal from drug addiction. (Benson, Herbert, MD., with Marg Stark. Timeless Healing: The Power and Biology of Belief. NY: Scribner, 1996, pp 108-109)

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