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Title: An herbal nasal drop enhanced frontal and anterior cingulate cortex activity
Authors: Chan, AS
Cheung, MC
Sze, SL
Leung, WWM
Shi, D
Keywords: Herbaceous agent
Nose drops
Sodium chloride
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Source: Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine, 2011, v. 2011, 543648, p. 1-8 How to cite?
Journal: Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine 
Abstract: The present study examined the neuro-electrophysiological activity of the brain associated with the application of a herbal remedy developed by a Shaolin monk based upon the Chan healing principle of clearing the orifices (i.e., the nasal cavities). A repeated-measures design was used. Fourteen normal adults were administered herbal remedy and saline solution intranasally on separate sessions. Two intervals of eyes-closed resting EEG data were obtained individually before and after each administration. Results showed that only the herbal remedy but not the saline solution induced elevation in cordance, an index correlated with cerebral perfusion, in the anterior brain region. In addition, the activity of the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), as examined by the LORETA analysis, was also increased after the application of the herbal remedy but not saline solution. The present study provided some preliminary evidence suggesting that the herbal nasal drop enhanced the activity of the frontal lobe and ACC. Implications for the potential clinical application of the herbal remedy to treat patients with frontal lobe disorders were discussed.
ISSN: 1741-427X
EISSN: 1741-4288
DOI: 10.1093/ecam/nep198
Rights: Copyright © 2011 Agnes S. Chan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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