Study: Acupuncture enhances painkillers' effect

08/11/2009 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Researchers using PET to image the brains of fibromyalgia patients found that acupuncture allowed brain areas responsible for processing pain to boost the receptivity of brain cells to opioid painkillers. The study also showed that acupuncture seemed to improve the body's capacity to naturally handle pain. The findings suggest acupuncture and painkillers could "work synergistically," the study author said.

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