Oxford Peppermint Comes to the Aid of Cognition & Appetite Regulation!

Peppermint candy canes...what lovely childhood memories they bring! Amazingly, peppermint is being found today to actually be good for memory and cognition (and appetite control). The scent of peppermint pervades holiday décor, stockings, cocoa, and more! Satterwhite Chiropractic hopes for a peppermint-filled holiday for our Oxford chiropractic patients that will make their journey to Oxford back pain relief and neck pain relief more pleasant!


Researchers and healthcare professionals taking care of Alzheimer's disease and cognitive impairment hope for effective, simple, safe-to-use-long-term therapies. Essential oils are possibly just such therapies. Essential oils are taken from nature’s herbs of which there are many sources that have low toxicity. Researchers propose that these perform by lowering the neurotoxicity of amyloid beta (Aβ), anti-oxidative stress, managing the cholinergic (the part of the nervous system that processes acetylcholine) system, and enhancing neuroinflammation that involves microglia (brain and spinal cord immune cells). (1) In a mice experiment, researchers tested how smelling peppermint essential oil improved learning and memory ability as seen in hippocampal CA1 region neurons reverting back to normal and Aβ deposition reducing among other changes that may improve cognitive function in Alzheimer’s disease. This study also shared a new term – metabolomics - which is the study of chemical processes encompassing metabolites (small molecules). In this study, such metabolites included arginine, proline, inositol phosphate, cysteine, and methionine. (2). We at Satterwhite Chiropractic found these quite fascinating!


Much like cognition and memory are linked to the brain, so too is appetite. Diseases like obesity, diabetes, anorexia, bulimia nervosa are a few diseases linked to appetite dysregulation. An assessment of published studies, many of which were mice studies, regarding essential oils or fragrant compounds that were said to influence food intake and energy. Their findings: 11 essential oils and 22 fragrant compounds boosted appetite; 12 essential oils and 7 fragrant compounds shrank appetite. How? Numerous processes involving the sympathetic/parasympathetic nerves, leptin protein hormones, and more. They also noted that fragrance memory and cognitive processes may also contribute to appetite regulation. Nonetheless, they exposed hope for appetite regulation and eating disorders control employing essential oils and fragrant compounds. (3) (We all know that carrying extra weight around is not good for us, especially not for those of us with Oxford back pain even though Satterwhite Chiropractic is quite good at managing that!) Satterwhite Chiropractic would think our Oxford chiropractic patients may be more inclined to enjoy peppermint this holiday season!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Rudy Kachmann, a neurosurgeon, on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates the connection between diabetes and back pain as well as a variety of other conditions like inflammation, back surgery, etc. He talks about the beneficial role chiropractic has in healthcare and back pain care. Dr. Kachmann has presented at conferences on The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Make your Oxford chiropractic appointment now. Want to share a peppermint candy cane at your next appointment?!

Peppermint for Oxford Cognition & Appetite Regulation! 
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