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Journal of the Korean Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine 1992;16(3):260-264.
The study of serum adrenocorticotropic hormone and cortisol level, applying transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation to the meridian and non-meridian points.
Lee, Do Young , Jang, Il , Yu, Keun Sik , Lee, Yang Gyun
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Soon Chun Hyang University College of Medicine
경피전기신경자극을 이용한 경혈 및 비경혈점 자극시 혈중 ACTH 및 Cortisol 농도 변화에 대한 연구
이도영, 장일, 유근식, 이양균
순천향대학교 의과대학 재활의학과
Abstract

The purpose of this study was to know what changes in serum beta-endorphin level indirectly as low frequency TENS was applied to the meridian and non-meridian points.

The results were as follows:

1) On applying TENS to the meridian and non-meridian point, the mean changed values of the ACTH were 9.17±3.78, 11.41±7.31, 5.28±4.87 pg/ml and 7.57±2.37, -3.18±2.16, -7.22±3.57 pg/ml respectively at 15, 30, 60 minute after the TENS was applied.

2) The mean changed values of the ACTH were not statistically signficant(p>0.05) at 15, 30 minute, but statistically significant(0.05) at 60 minute after the TENS was applied.

3) on applying TENS to the meridian and non-meridian points the mean changed values of the Cortisol were 8.07±1.93, 7.13±1.20, 4.32±1,37 ㎍/100ml and 4.96㎍1.41, 2.97±1.25, -0.84±1.16 ㎍/100ml respectively at 15, 30, 60 minute after the TENS was applied.

4) The mean changed values of the Cortisol were not statistically significant(p>0.05) at 15 minute but statistically significant(p<0.05) at 30, 60 minute after the TENS was applied.

We concluded that the analgesic effect by the stimulation is related to nervous system and humoral factor such as the neurotransmitter and the hormone.

Key Words: Beta endorphin, ACTH, Cortisol, TENS


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