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Relaxation: molecular and physiological significance.

02 Feb
Researchers at the Neuroscience Research Institute, State University of New York College at Old Westbury, examined the molecular process involved with relaxation. Central to their hypothesis was the significance of norepinephrine, nitric oxide, dopamine and morphine, signaling both in the central and the peripheral nervous system.

This team established that nitric oxide and morphine control catecholamine processes on many levels, including synthesis, release and actions. As a result, they concluded that there existed enough scientific information to support these phenomena as actual physical processes that can be harnessed to provide better patient care.

For those interested in specifics, the entire paper is available free if you click here.

Citation: Stefano GB, Fricchione GL, Esch T. Relaxation: molecular and physiological significance. Medical Science Monitor. 2006 Sep; 12 (9): HY21-31 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award