Botox, which is the commercial name for botulinum toxin type A, is a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It is a protein that blocks the release of neurotransmitters from nerve cells, causing muscle paralysis.
One of the most well-known uses of botox is its ability to cosmetically smooth out the appearance of wrinkles. Nowadays, the non-surgical cosmetic treatment has become more popular than ever, with a 70% rise in consultation requests in 2020 due to the pressure of looking presentable during zoom calls whilst working from home.
However if you dig a little deeper, there are in fact some surprising medical uses for botox that most of us aren’t even aware about. So, let’s dive right in!
1) To prevent migraines
One of the main medical uses for botox is preventing migraine headaches. It works by relaxing muscles around the head to reduce blood pressure within the brain and prevent pain signals being transmitted.
In one study, people who received botox injections every 12 weeks were 50% less likely to experience a migraine headache than those who received placebo injections.
2) To treat excessive sweating
Botox can be used to treat hyperhidrosis, a condition that causes excessive sweating in the armpits, hands, chest and face, even during cooler days.
Again, botox blocks the nerve signals to the sweat glands, decreasing sweating production in the process. Patients will usually start to see results within five days after treatment.
3) Help with an overactive bladder
Another surprising medical use for botox is that it can treat an overactive bladder. This condition causes the bladder to contract involuntarily, resulting in uncontrolled leaking and the need to go to the bathroom on a regular basis.
Botox’s paralytic properties help to reduce the number of contractions leading to fewer urinary incontinence episodes.
4) To treat leaky gut syndrome
Leaky gut syndrome is a condition that occurs when the walls of the intestine become damaged, allowing toxins and other particles to leak into the bloodstream. Botox can be used to help by reducing the inflammation around the gut.
5) Manage cerebral palsy
Cerebral palsy affects movement and co-ordination because of an abnormal development in the brain. Botox has been shown to be effective in treating some of the symptoms of cerebral palsy, such as spasticity, muscle overactivity and stiffness in both children and adults.
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