Anesteziol Reanimatol. 1998 Sep-Oct; (5): 19-21.
[Study of mechanisms of action of amitriptyline and acupuncture using nociceptive flexor reflex in patients with chronic forms of headache]
The nociceptive flexor reflex (NFR, R3) was tried for quantitative assessment of pain in patients with various forms of primary and secondary headaches. Amitriptyline and acupuncture elevated the threshold of R3-reflex emergence, though the threshold of subjective pain sensitivity increased only in response to amitriptyline. NFR is adequate for assessing anesthesia efficacy and investigating the mechanisms of action of analgesics in patients with headache.