Laughter gas treatment for depression
Chicago: Laughter gas could be a new possible way to treat a condition called fibromyalgia, a new study has revealed.
This condition, called fibromyalgia, can include pain throughout the patient’s body, muscle cramps, difficulty sleeping, headaches and other mental problems, including depression.
However, the cause of this condition is still unknown. In many cases, fibromyalgia can be caused by physical or mental stress such as infection, accident or trauma. This condition is difficult to treat because patients feel it differently.
Current treatments for this condition include painkillers and antidepressants. But now researchers believe that laughing gas may be another way to treat it. This gas is also known for its narcotic effects.
These gases are commonly used by dentists. This gas removes natural pain relieving chemicals such as dopamine and endorphins and reduces pain by causing nausea.
Researchers at the University of Chicago in the United States used this gas against the formation of glutamate. The formation of glutamate may increase the discomfort.
Large amounts of glutamate were found at the site of insula in patients with fibromyalgia. This space is the part of the brain that is involved in the processing of pain and emotions.
About 50 patients inhaled laughter gas (nitrous oxide) and oxygen or a fictitious drug for 60 minutes and the researchers monitored its effects on pain, anxiety, depression and mood for the next few months. The condition of the patients improved.