Brain showing neurotransmitters and electric spots.

The Birth of Neurotransmitters

March 5, 2023

Brain chemistry is extremely complex and there is so much we still do not know about the birth of Neurotransmitters. Originally when brain cells were discovered in early 1800 by Jan Evangelista Purkinje, and Carrillo Golgi. And others through using a high-magnification microscopes and tissue staining methods. It was first thought that brain cells (called neurons) were directly wired together forming a complex electrical circuit. However, by 1880 a Spanish scientist Ramon y Cahal discovered that neurons didn’t actually touch but communicated by sending signals to nearby neurons. By the 1890’s there was enough convincing evidence that the transmission was chemical in nature and occurred across a tiny gap between the brain cells synapse. This all lead to the discovery of the first neurotransmitter which is now know as “acetylcholine, ” of which there are dozens identified and 100 different neurotransmitters known.

There is much research associating specific mental disorders with neurotransmitters such as depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, and Parkinson’s. We now understand that effective brain function requires a proper concentration of neurotransmitters in specific areas of the brain. These complex chemicals are continuously produced by enzymatic reactions with special brain cells.

An alternative treatment approach is offered by biochemical therapy, which represents a natural method of correction imbalances in neurotransmitter activity. There is a clinical challenge to determine the biochemistry of each patient and to develop an individualized treatment aimed at normalizing brain chemistry. This should be supervised by a practitioner experienced in therapeutic use of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential oils. For most patients the benefits of biochemical therapy results in feeling better.

Review of: Nutrient Power, Heal Your Biochemistry and Heal Your Brain, William J Walsh PhD, Skyhorse Publishing.

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