Love has been one of the most sought after things in all history. It has caused empires to crumble and heroes to be born. Now scientists believe they may have discovered the ultimate love potion, something that gives you full trust of whomever you desire. Whats even stranger though is that it is a hormone that exists in almost every being in Earth.
This hormone is called oxytocin and has been used in medical procedures for many years. Normally it is used to stimulate uterus contractions during childbirth but scientists have found it also plays a rather interesting aspect in relationships, bonding, anxiety and trust.
Oxytocin plays a huge part in making people interact and generally engage in social actions. In animals such as primates it has been attributed as one of the major causes of choosing a specific life long mate. Oxytocin is released natuyrally by the brain in huge amounts during sexual orgasm, breastfeeding and situations where one feels they are bonding with another.
Another interesting observation on oxytocin was found during clinical tests. Subjects were given an oxytocin nasal spray and their levels of generosity, forgiveness and trust accepting behavior where all dramatically increased. The subjects given this oxytocin spray also socialized much more than those test subjects not given the spray.
Oxytocin research in humans is a fairly recent topic, previous tests carried out on this subject has been largely based on animals. But recently the actions of oxytocin in the human brain has been the object of study. Low levels of oxytocin have been associated with many conditions in people ranging from shyness and anxiety to autism.
In an early 2006 study, Doctor Eric Hollander of Mount Sinai school of medicine in New York administered doses of Oxytocin to several autistic adults. He then cross examined the data with these patients and patients that where not given oxytocin. The results were quite outstanding although not too surprising. The patients given the oxytocin spray were better able to recognize facial expressions, emotions and different tones of voice used in conversation. These results were also long lasted and remained for several weeks in some patients. Oxytocin also has no known negative side effects when been administered in this way.
Studies have also been performed on subjects not suffering with autism. Paul Zak is another researcher from California who found that oxytocin sprays administered to strangers in a controlled test made them more open and communicative and less wary of other unknown people participating in the experiment. The subjects were not told beforehand of the effects of the nasal spray so a placebo effect can be withdrawn from being considered in these results.
Recently Oxytocin has become available from many commercial vendors on the internet and in stores. These oxytocin nasal sprays are marketed along similar lines to pheromone colognes although they are mainly odorless products. These companies are marketing their products towards singles and salesmen hoping to make more sales conversions.
Oxytocin is currently not classifed as a controlled substance so can be freely bought by anyone willing to experiment. Results of using these sprays have mixed results with some people claiming it has helped them hugely while others noted minimal effects. Perhaps certain people are just more receptive to this hormone. Scientists are still studying this wonder hormone and as soon as this blog learns more you’ll be the first to know.