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

Peppermint candy canes...what lovely childhood memories they bring! Amazingly, peppermint is being shown in today’s research to actually be good for memory and cognition (and appetite control). The aroma of peppermint permeates holiday décor, stockings, cocoa, and more! OrthoIllinois Chiropractic hopes for a peppermint-filled holiday for our McHenry chiropractic patients that will make their journey to McHenry back pain relief and neck pain relief more pleasant!


Researchers and healthcare professionals immersed in the care of Alzheimer's disease and cognitive impairment welcome effective, simple, safe-to-use-long-term therapies. Essential oils are possibly just such therapies. Essential oils are extracted from nature’s herbs of which there are many sources low in toxicity. Researchers suggest that these function by reducing the neurotoxicity of amyloid beta (Aβ), anti-oxidative stress, managing the cholinergic (acetylcholine processing in the nervous system) system, and enhancing neuroinflammation involving microglia (brain and spinal cord immune cells). (1) In a mice experiment, researchers tested how smelling peppermint essential oil enhanced learning and memory ability as seen in hippocampal CA1 region neurons going back to normal and Aβ deposition falling among other changes that may enhance cognitive function in Alzheimer’s disease. This study also shared a new term – metabolomics, the study of chemical processes encompassing metabolites (small molecules). In this study, such metabolites involved were arginine, proline, inositol phosphate, cysteine, and methionine. (2). We at OrthoIllinois Chiropractic found these so fascinating!


Much like cognition and memory are associated with the brain, so too is appetite. Diseases like obesity, diabetes, anorexia, bulimia nervosa are a few issues linked to appetite dysregulation. A review of published studies, many of which were studies done with mice, concerning essential oils or fragrant compounds that were reported to manage food intake and energy. Their findings: 11 essential oils and 22 fragrant compounds increased appetite; 12 essential oils and 7 fragrant compounds diminished appetite. How? Numerous processes involving the sympathetic/parasympathetic nerves, leptin protein hormones, and more. They also stated that fragrance memory and cognitive processes may also play a role in appetite regulation. Nonetheless, they revealed hope for appetite regulation and eating disorders control employing essential oils and fragrant compounds. (3) (We all know that being a bit overweight isn’t good for us, especially not for those of us with McHenry back pain even though OrthoIllinois Chiropractic is very good at managing that!) OrthoIllinois Chiropractic would think our McHenry chiropractic patients may be more motivated 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 describes the connection between diabetes and back pain as well as many other conditions like inflammation, back surgery, etc. He talks about the beneficial role chiropractic has in healthcare and back pain care. Dr. Kachmann has spoken at conferences on The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

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

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