I hope the acupuncture continues to help you. Many people do have good comments about
it's use. But I would be very leery about
taking something like 5-HTP. I too looking around the net and most of what I found was people trying everything trick in the book to sell it to people who are desperate...and IMHO that would include people who live with chronic pain. In the past there have been an untold number of substances that claim to "produce" more pleasure hormones in the brain and can cure everything from obesity to toe fungus...lol (sorry, couldn't resist that one) But there are no solid, double blind studies that I could find that shows this product to work. I did fine a fair number of warnings about
taking it in conjunction with other medications as it can produce drastic side effects. I included one tidbit and a link to some information on this 'product'.
If you want to try it I would recommend you talk to your doctor about
it. He will know any interactions between it and others you might be taking. At least that way you will be safe. Let us know how you do. By sharing our ideas, thoughts and opinions it helps so many others make more informed decisions in their own medical care.
"5-HTP does not convert, but influences the release of dopamine and norepinesphrine."
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