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β-endorphins: The Body's Natural Painkillers and Mood Boosters

In the world of neuroscience and physiology, β-endorphins stand out as fascinating endogenous opioid neuropeptides and peptide hormones. These natural compounds, sometimes referred to as endogenous morphine-like substances, are produced within the body, specifically in the brain. Recent research has also suggested that cells of the immune system are capable of synthesizing β-endorphins, highlighting their role beyond the central nervous system. The analgesic properties of β-endorphins are of particular interest. In the peripheral nervous system (PNS), β-endorphins produce analgesia by binding to opioid receptors and inhibiting the release of substance P. Substance P is a crucial protein involved in the transmission of pain signals. By blocking its release, β-endorphins effectively reduce the perception of pain. Within the central nervous system, β-endorphins also bind to opioid receptors, but their mechanism of action differs. Instead of inhibiting substance P, they exert their analges

The Science Behind Endorphins and Acupuncture: Healing Through Natural Bliss

Acupuncture, an ancient healing practice originating in China, has gained popularity worldwide as an alternative therapy to alleviate various health conditions. The process involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body to stimulate natural healing processes. Among the numerous benefits of acupuncture lies its remarkable ability to trigger the release of endorphins, the body's natural feel-good chemicals. We will explore the fascinating relationship between endorphins and acupuncture, shedding light on how this ancient therapy can help promote overall well-being and alleviate pain. Endorphins are neurotransmitters that function as natural painkillers and mood enhancers in the human body. They belong to a group of chemicals known as neuropeptides, which are produced in response to stress, pain, or other physiological stimuli. Endorphins interact with the opiate receptors in our brains, which are the same receptors targeted by opioid drugs, to reduce pain p

Do you know anything about connection among pain, endorphins and acupuncture

Endorphins are neurotransmitters produced in the brain known as endogenous opioids and they can be found in the pituitary gland, in other parts of the brain, or distributed throughout the nervous system. They transmit electrical signals within the nervous system by interacting with opiate receptors in the brain. The action is similar to morphine and codeine, but without addiction or dependence. At least 20 types of endorphins have been found in humans. In response to pain and stress, they decrease feelings of pain and also lead to feelings of euphoria, modulate appetite, release sex hormones, and enhance the immune response. As a result, it makes people feel less pain and less stressed. Many studies in animals and humans have demonstrated that acupuncture can cause multiple biological responses. Endorphins are released during acupuncture and that the analgesic effects of acupuncture are at least partially explained by their actions. That opioid antagonists such as naloxone reverse the