Activity change in the brain associated with pain relief
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● It is so hard to identify the causes of chronic pain, and thus to relieve the pain, complementary and alternative medicine is required.
● We have so far found that adhesion of pyramidal thorn patches on the pain region is effective for pain relief.
● Near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) was used to identify the brain region that was changed by the patch treatment.
Then, we hypothesized that if this brain region could be activated/inactivated, the pain would be relieved.
● The oxyhemoglobin levels of lDLPFC became down, i.e., the activity was suppressed, during pain relief.
● When we can suppress the activity of lDLPFC by exogenous stimuli, we can escape from drug ment, which is not expected to have a large effect. Consequently, the side effects are suppressed and the medical costs are cut down.
● What kind of stimulus can inactivate the lDLPFC activity?
● Development to pharmaceutical industry.
● Cooperation with psychology.
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