How Hugs Can Heal

How the power of touch reduces pain and even fights disease.

* Hugging your partner could lower his or her blood pressure

*  Researchers have found that in younger women, the more hugs they get, the lower their blood pressure.children hugging

* researchers at the university of North Carolina who investigated 69 pre-menopausal women showed that those who had the most hugs had a reduced heart rate.

* Exactly what could be responsible is not clear, but the psychiatrists who carried out the work also found that blood levels of the hormone oxytocin were much higher in the women who were hugged the most.



* Other research finds that oxytocin is released during social contact and that it is associated with social bonding, while a study at Ohio State University shows that when it is put into wounds in animals, the injuries heal much more quickly.

* Work at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences suggests that oxytocin can induce anti-stress-like effects, including reduction in blood pressure and levels of the stress hormone cortisol: “It increases pain thresholds and stimulates various types of positive social interaction, and it promotes growth and healing.  Oxytocin can be released by various types of non-noxious sensory stimulation, for example by touch and warmth,” they say.

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