Oxytocin

Welcome to March 2021! With spring just around the corner, hopes are high as we look towards sunnier days, beautiful flowers, and improved health. We all know 2020 was a tough year, and caused increased levels of anxiety and depression for many. Anti-anxiety and anti-depressant prescriptions rose sharply in 2020, with statistics showing double-digit increases by mid-June. With the toll of the pandemic on overall mental health, individuals have looked to trying new activities, supplements, and medications that promise increased endorphin levels and a brighter outlook on life.

With all the options currently out there, I’d like to take a moment to highlight one specifically that you may not have heard about, or considered as an option to help with mood, bonding, stress, aging, and even chronic pain. I’d like to tell you about Oxytocin.

Oxytocin? You may ask. Isn’t that the hormone that has to do with bonding between mother and child? Yes! You are correct. Oxytocin is known as our ‘attachment’ hormone. But more than attachment, it helps to improve and stabilize our mood, and increase our connection to our loved ones. It can even heighten desire, arousal, and intensify orgasms. It reduces the suffering caused from stress, and can increase confidence. It has also been shown in several studies to protect muscle mass as we age.

How does it do this? Oxytocin is produced in the hypothalamus, and has an effect locally on the brain and peripherally in other areas of the body. By affecting different neurons and hormonal cascades (such as dopamine and the HPA axis), oxytocin is able to exert itself on a number of different processes that allow for its wide range of beneficial effects.

And the best part? It’s a safe treatment and effective treatment. Oxytocin is a peptide hormone administered as a nasal spray twice daily, or as a sublingual lozenge.

Interested in exploring this as a treatment? Call now to book your appointment and start feeling better today! 360-597-2688 or https://www.agelessbeautyrx.com/contactus

Author
Dr. Elysia Harrsch Dr. Harrsch became a board-certified primary care Naturopathic Physician after completing a four-year medical degree program at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR. During this time, she developed a passion for physical medicine, thyroid disorders, nutrition, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy for men and women, complimentary cancer care, and preventative medicine.

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