Oxytocin

The Natural Love Drug

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Oxytocin, a bonding hormone, reduces stress and nurtures every relationship. Here's how to make more of it

EARLIER THIS YEAR, my wife and I went on a 5-day cruise to Mexico with our children, their spouses, and our young grandkids. Observing my own close-knit clan, I began ruminating on how readily old family members forge deep bonds with new additions, such as grandchildren and daughters-in-law. As a neuroscientist, I wondered: What mechanism in the brain is responsible for forging these connections among not just kin but also friends, neighbors--even strangers?

IF I WERE THE BABY

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The article argues that from the point of view of the baby, the use of synthetic oxytocin in most cases of childbirth should be reduced. It is pointed out that the most common kind of medical int...

Mothering Our Oxytocin

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In this article the author discusses the important role that the posterior pituitary hormone oxytocin plays in the ability of women to go into labor, give birth and nourish their newborn infants ...

Xiong-gui-tiao-xue-yin (Kyuki-chouketsu-in), a Traditional Herbal Medicine, Stimulates Lactation

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Xiong-gui-tiao-xue-yin (Kyuki-chouketsu-in), a Traditional Herbal Medicine, Stimulates Lactation with Increase in Secretion of Prolactin but not Oxytocin in the Postpartum Period

The aim of the present investigation was to evaluate the clinical efficacy of Xiong-gui-tiao-xue-yin, a traditional Japanese herbal medicine, in stimulating lactation in the postpartum period. We...

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