Results from a rat model study suggested that acupuncture protects brain neurons against injury in heroin relapse by promoting brain-derived neurotrophic factor and glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor expression.
In a study performed at the Anhui University of Chinese Medicine in China, rats received acupuncture during the detoxification period at Baihui (DU20) and Dazhui (DU14) acupuncture points. The research team led by Rongjun Zhang found that the structure of the ventral tegmental area in heroin relapse rats gradually became normalized after acupuncture treatment. Similarly, the expression of brain-derived neutrophic factor and glial cell line-derived neutrophic factor increased in the ventral tegmental area. These results suggested that acupuncture at the Baihui and Dazhui protected the brain against injury in rats by promoting brain-derived neutrophic factor and glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor expression.
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