enkephalin

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enkephalin

(ĕnkĕf`əlĭn), one of several naturally occurring morphinelike substances (endorphinsendorphins
, neurotransmitters found in the brain that have pain-relieving properties similar to morphine. There are three major types of endorphins: beta endorpins, found primarily in the pituitary gland; and enkephalins and dynorphin, both distributed throughout the nervous
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) released from nerve endings of the central nervous system and the adrenal medulla. They act as analgesics and sedatives in the body and appear to affect mood and motivation.

enkephalin

[en′kef·ə·lən]
(biochemistry)
A mixture of two polypeptides isolated from the brain; central mode of action is an inhibition of neurotransmitter release.
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It has been determined that endomorphin-1, beta endorphin, encephalin, and serotonin levels increase in plasma and brain tissue through acupuncture application.
This process involves endogenous opioids (eg, encephalin, endorphin) and the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine.
TENS has resulted in increased levels of Y-amino-butyric acid (GABA), endorphin, encephalin and dynorphin in spinal cord (41,42).