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Papers: 6 Jan 2024 - 12 Jan 2024


Front Neurosci



Scalp electroacupuncture targeting the VTA neurons to relieve negative emotions and promote the alleviation of chronic pain.


Yang Y, Wei X, Tian J, Zhu Y, Jia S, Shu Q


Chronic pain and negative emotions are often linked, and both can impact the reward circuit. The use of electroacupuncture (EA) has been found to regulate and improve these conditions. This study explores the potential mechanism of chronic pain relief by adding acupoints with emotional regulation effect to the basis of routine EA analgesia, to optimize the acupoint compatibility scheme of EA in the treatment of analgesia.