London: Nasal sprays with the hormone oxytocin, nicknamed the "cuddle chemical", could ease the symptoms of schizophrenia. Oxytocin is called the cuddle chemical because it helps mothers bond with their babies.
Feifel thinks that oxytocin is dampening down the excessive production of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which can trigger schizophrenic symptoms such as hallucinations. He said that the rationale for treating people came from his own team’s studies showing that oxytocin could relieve a form of psychosis in mice, and research showing that people who sniffed nasal sprays of oxytocin became more trusting, which could ease paranoia symptoms in schizophrenia. The study has been published in Biological Psychiatry. ANI
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