Monday, 01 March 2010 00:00
Oxytocin, sometimes called “nature’s love potion,” is being used in a promising new way. The hormone, produced in high amounts during childbirth and sex, is a powerful stimulator of love, connection and relaxation. Oxytocin has long been known to increase the emotional connection between mothers and their newborns, but it is now being discovered to improve the symptoms of autism. A recent scientific trial found that oxytocin intake in autistic young adults stimulated a reduction in repetitive behavior and increased their ability to recognize tone of voice—two major concerns of autistic people and their families. The benefits of oxytocin are still being researched, but it is a potentially promising way to restore the neurological connections in people of all ages.
This article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Research Review , Issue #25.
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