Natural-born painkiller found in human saliva

  1. Saliva from humans has yielded a natural painkiller up to six times more powerful than morphine, researchers say.
    The substance, dubbed opiorphin, may spawn a new generation of natural painkillers that relieve pain as well as morphine but without the addictive and psychological side effects of the traditional drug.
    When the researchers injected a pain-inducing chemical into rats' paws, 1 gram of opiorphin per kilogram of body weight achieved the same painkilling effect as 3 grams of morphine.
    Natural-born painkiller found in human saliva - health - 13 November 2006 - New Scientist

    So perhaps "kiss it better" DOES work

    But seriously I just came across this article looking for something else and the possibilities of a brand new painkiller that might also be an antidepressant - and is a natural substance found in our own bodies - is just fantastic.
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  2. 2 Comments

  3. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Maybe that explains why i had little pain from my diagnostic lap ealier this year lol.
  4. by   vamedic4
    Now THAT'S some potentially good news for those who suffer from pain. It should be very interesting to see this research develop. Pretty cool.

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