The purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulism bacterium, commonly know as Botox, is most well known for its ability to make women (and a growing number of men look younger by temporarily paralyzing the muscles around the eyes and face. It is one of the most widely used beauty treatments and has been for nearly 30 years because of its quick results (1-2 weeks) and virtually no downtime. But few people realize that it was first used in 1968 for therapeutic treatments. It was originally used to cure those with cross eyes. Today, people are drawing on its original healing qualities and using Botox to cure their conditions. From migraines to sweating, there are numerous ways to use Botox beyond making us look younger.
Botox helps tension headaches and migraines
Doctors have been recommending Botox for migraine relief since the early 90’s. Although they aren’t completely sure as to how it works, many studies have shown that Botox can relieve the frequency and severity of migraines and tension headaches. For those chronic sufferers, this is some much needed relief. It may be helpful to know as well that using Botox for your migraines may be covered by some medical health plans, so you’ll have one less headache to deal with.
Stops excessive sweating
Pit stains are never sexy and no one likes to be sweaty. For those who experience an abnormal amount of sweating and the pungent odours that ensue, Botox is an excellent remedy. Even the wedding industry is seeing the benefits of “shutting down” the sweat glands, offering brides-to-be a way to stay dry on their big day. Business professionals and public speakers are also enjoying the benefits, and keeping their shirts dry. The results of the injections aren’t permanent, lasting between 3 to 5 months, but you will notice the decrease in odours and wetness emanating from your armpits in 1 week after your treatment.
Works as an anti-depressant
Your face is a reflection of your mood, but scientists have proven that the opposite can also be said; that your face can affect your mood. Just as body language can increase self confidence, actively smiling can make you feel happier. To put it another way, less frowning will lead to fewer feelings of despair. Not to mention that boost of self-confidence you get from looking your very best. Botox’s paralyzing quality eases the furrow in the brow and reduces many of the symptoms of depression by effectively removing the face’s ability to make a frown. Botox is by no means a permanent cure to depression, but it does offer temporary relief. And it provides an excellent alternative for those of us who don’t want to take a cocktail of pills to ease their depression.
The Future of Botox Therapy
Botox isn’t just for cosmetic purposes anymore. Although it is still used for curing cross eye, it is being incorporated into other therapeutic areas. It is proving to be an effective way to cure ailments that traditional medications can’t. So whether you’ve used Botox before and looking to treat other areas or you’re just curious about it, our team of medical doctors and nurses can answer all of the questions you have.