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Enhancing acupuncture by Low Dose Naltrexone

Title
Enhancing acupuncture by Low Dose Naltrexone
Publication Type
Journal Article
Research Type
Human
Reported as
Opinion
Date
June 01, 2011
Authors
Hesselink JM, Kopsky DJ.
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Abstract

To find appropriate and effective treatment options for chronic pain syndromes is a challenging task. Multimodal treatment approach has been gaining acceptance for chronic pain. However, combining treatments, such as acupuncture, with rational pharmacology is still in its infancy. Acupuncture influences the opioid and cannabinoid system through releasing endogenous receptor ligands. Low Dose Naltrexone also acts on both these systems, and upregulates the opioid and cannabinoid receptors. The authors hypothesise that Low Dose Naltrexone could enhance the pain-relieving effect of acupuncture.