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Theanine As A Novel Painkiller

Discussion in 'Scientific Studies' started by haidut, Nov 8, 2016.

  1. haidut

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    The placebo effect has been confirmed in many studies, and there have even been calls to change its name since the current one is at best a misnomer - i.e. we seem to have a much more fundamental and physical connection with our environment than the presence or lack of chemicals/drugs can explain. Several studies found that the placebo effect is likely due to increase alpha wave activity in the brain. This new study builds up on that concept and shows that "tuning" the brain into the alpha wave frequency has a profound pain reducing effect. The "tuning" was performed using light and sound pulses, however there may be a more direct and inexpensive way to achieve the same. The amino acid theanine has been shown to induce alpha wave activity in the brain and can do so even at the low doses (~20mg) found in a cup of tea.
    So, maybe as a saner public health policy would be for the government promote use of theanine to the people addicted to opioid medication instead of just trying to limit opioid supplies. Better yet, theanine should be trialed as replacement of the opioids commonly used in hospitals.

    Scientists successfully tune the brain to alleviate pain
    "...For instance researchers at the Human Pain Research Group at The University of Manchester found that alpha waves from the front of the brain, the forebrain, are associated with placebo analgesia and may be influencing how other parts of the brain process pain. This led to the idea that if we can ‘tune’ the brain to express more alpha waves, perhaps we can reduce pain experienced by people with certain conditions. Dr Kathy Ecsy and her colleagues in The University of Manchester’s Human Pain Research Group have shown that this can be done by providing volunteers with goggles that flash light in the alpha range or by sound stimulation in both ears phased to provide the same stimulus frequency. They found that both visual and auditory stimulation significantly reduced the intensity of pain induced by laser-heat repeatedly shone on the back of the arm."

    Theanine - Wikipedia
    "...Theanine is reported to promote alpha wave production in the brain.[28] Early studies of theanine involved much larger doses than those found in a typical cup of tea. Researchers wonder whether drinking tea might have the same effects found in those studies.[38] However, one recent study funded by Unilever found that smaller doses typical of those found in a cup of tea did induce changes in alpha waves as shown by EEG.[39]Studies on test rats have shown even repeated, extremely high doses of theanine cause little to no harmful psychological or physical effects.[40] Theanine showed neuroprotective effects in one rat study."
     
  2. Drareg

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    I'm convinced at some point we will find theanine demethylates DNA,can't find anything on it currently.
     
  3. Velve921

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    Thought I would share this...

    I’ve experimented with Theanine for some time now. However, about 7 months ago I lost my father. 3 weeks after I had my first panic attack. So as you could probably guess, I was looking in all directions and experimenting to find a solution. The only substance that reduced the effects was theanine. Reduced it by 80-90%.

    Now since then, I’ve obviously had to do some work on myself and understand why they have occurred. However, to this day, the number 1 supplement reduces stress in my cabinet is theanine. As a pain killer, it resonates with this study’s feedback; for example, a family member was discussing thoughts of seriously injuring themselves due to the grieving of my father. I was able to sit there and handle it. Afterwards, as you could probably guess, my mind was distraught. I felt the beginnings of tension and pain as anyone would have probably. However, I started dosing theanine and it eliminated all of it.

    Just thought I’d let you know as you’ve posted studies about theanine. For me, this stuff has been the real deal. Thanks again for all your insight!
     
  4. ScurveDream

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    I have some and will use it since I overworked myself physically for one day.

    I will take 25-50mg to sleep and see how things improve tomorrow.

    I generally avoid it since the one I bought has silicon dioxide, but the positive can outweigh the bad additives at times.
     
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