A naturally occurring hormone, oxytocin, has been seen to have an impact on our ability to form relationships with others – to form affiliations that may help to meet problems “head on” in times of stress.
Oxytocin was first discovered in 1909 by Henry Dale who noticed that the hormone, produced within the pituitary gland, was particularly helpful in coping with the labor stages of childbirth and helped to stimulate the production of milk in the mother. Later studies, notably by Vincent du Vigneaud, identified that oxytocin was also prevalent in a number of areas: helping in the creation of relationships, enhancing the process of feeling; and improving sleep patterns – all part and parcel of reducing stress levels in individuals.
Here then, is a substance that we all (male or female) have, in differing quantities and which is produced in response to situations that we find ourselves in. Was it, therefore, possible that something so small and seemingly insignificant -- after all it comes from something no bigger than a coffee bean -- could provide a key to helping at times of extreme stress?
Yes, because, when times are hard, we often look for support from those around us and oxytocin can help in the forming and cementing of relationships – in other words befriending others to help our cause.
Oxytocin isn’t a magic wand or instant panacea that we can just take and all stress disappears, but when applied in the right manner and in the right dose, it can help to stimulate the response towards others and create the attitude within an individual, a propensity towards affiliation that means we befriend others.
An oxytocin supplement comes in two basic forms – a nasal spray or a drop that is taken under the tongue. The former gains entry to your system through inhalation. The latter is simple and provides direct access to the mucus membrane – simply place a drop of oxytocin under the tongue (known as a sublingual drop). Both treatments take up to 15 minutes to get into your body’s system and once there will be available for several hours.
The body recognizes that oxytocin is being produced and triggers responses that enable you to relax into the process of affiliation with others to sort out the problem that is causing the stress in the first place.
Oxytocin supplements such as Oxytocin Factor, http://www.oxytocinfactor.com, sublingual drops or nasal spray are available over the counter and online.