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Int J Neurosci. 1980 ; 10(2-3): 95-7.

Electroacupuncture elevates blood cortisol levels in naive horses; sham treatment has no effect.

Cheng R, McKibbin L, Roy B, Pomeranz B.

It was hypothesized that electroacupuncture releases beta-endorphin and ACTH from the pituitary. Since ACTH induces the release of cortisol from the adrenal glands, blood cortisol level should be enhanced by electroacupuncture. The present result shows that the blood cortisol levels of horses are significantly increased after 30 min of electroacupuncture treatment while the sham treatment (control) shows an insignificant effect.


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