An animated neuroscience of headache pills

TED have a fantastic animation that explains how pain works and how it is relieved by two common analgesics – aspirin and ibuprofen.

Of course, pain relievers work in many different ways – the opioids, for example, are vastly different – but the four-minute video is a wonderful guide to the neuroscience of two common household pills.

Excellent stuff.

Link to ‘How Do Pain Relievers Work?’ (via @brainpicker)

1 thought on “An animated neuroscience of headache pills”

  1. Aside from the ironic porcupine analogy, great video. I found the compounds in stinging nettle to be interesting – who would have thought serotonin and acetylcholine could be a source of pain?

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