October 10, 2012

Botox can cure depression


Botox is not good only for your wrinkles. The new findings from researchers at the University of Basel shows that suppressing communication between facial muscles and the brain by injecting Botox above the eyebrows could cure people with depression.

Participants who were given a dose of botulinum toxin had 47 percent fewer symptoms of depression after six weeks. The author of the study, M. Axel Wollmer, psychiatrist at the University of Basel in Switzerland, says the treatment “interrupts feedback from the facial musculature to the brain, which may be involved in the development and maintenance of negative emotions.”

This also means that the muscles of the face not just communicate emotions, but also identifies and experiences them.

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