NCBI ROFL: Are you having a seizure? Quick, smell my shoe!

By ncbi rofl | August 13, 2009 4:49 pm

Scientific basis behind traditional practice of application of “shoe-smell” in controlling epileptic seizures in the eastern countries.

“Epilepsy has been known for thousands of years and has been subjected to various forms of conventional and non-conventional therapies including a non-pharmacological conservative treatment known as aromatherapy, ever since. One commonly practiced form of aromatherapy that persists as an immediate first-aid measure even today in some parts of developing countries in the East is the application of “shoe-smell” during an epileptic attack… …The neurophysiology of olfactory stimulation from “shoe-smell” reveals a sound and scientific reasoning for its remedial efficacy in epilepsy; olfactory stimuli in this study have been found to possess significantly effective anti-epileptic influence which could have formed the basis for the use of application of “shoe-smell” in earlier times and also for its persistence even today in those parts of developing regions.”

CATEGORIZED UNDER: NCBI ROFL, ridiculous titles
  • Deray

    If I had known that last year, jajajajajaa

  • Anonymous

    I must be a mutant – every time I smell MY shoe, I get a seizure instead of curing it…

  • Skye

    Am I the only one who had to read the first sentence three times to figure out what they were trying to say with that ",ever since"?

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