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Fort Wayne Peppermint Comes to the Aid of Cognition & Appetite Regulation!

December 07, 2023

Peppermint candy canes...what lovely childhood memories they arouse! Remarkably, peppermint is being found today to actually benefit memory and cognition (as well as appetite control). The scent of peppermint permeates holiday décor, stockings, cocoa, and more! Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc hopes for a peppermint-filled holiday for our Fort Wayne chiropractic patients that will make their journey to Fort Wayne back pain relief and neck pain relief more pleasant!


Researchers and healthcare professionals taking care of Alzheimer's disease and cognitive impairment welcome effective, simple, safe-to-use-long-term treatments. 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 act by lowering the neurotoxicity of amyloid beta (Aβ), anti-oxidative stress, containing the cholinergic (acetylcholine processing in the nervous system) system, and improving neuroinflammation that involves microglia (brain and spinal cord immune cells). (1) In a lab experiment with mice, researchers tested how smelling peppermint essential oil enhanced learning and memory ability as seen in hippocampal CA1 region neurons returning to normal and Aβ deposition falling among other changes that may enhance cognitive function in Alzheimer’s disease. This experiment also inserted a new term – metabolomics, the study of chemical processes involving metabolites (small molecules). In this study, such metabolites involved were arginine, proline, inositol phosphate, cysteine, and methionine. (2) We at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc found these quite 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 diseases linked to appetite dysregulation. A review of published studies, many of which were mice studies, concerning essential oils or fragrant compounds that were reported to control food intake and energy. Their findings: 11 essential oils and 22 fragrant compounds amplified appetite; 12 essential oils and 7 fragrant compounds reduced appetite. How? Numerous processes involving the sympathetic/parasympathetic nerves, leptin protein hormones, and more. They also noted 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 beneficial for us, especially not for those of us with Fort Wayne back pain even though Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc is quite good at managing that!) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc would think our Fort Wayne chiropractic patients may be more inclined 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 mentions the beneficial role chiropractic has in healthcare and back pain management. Dr. Kachmann has presented at conferences on The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Make your Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment now. Share a peppermint candy cane with us at your next visit!

Peppermint for Fort Wayne Cognition & Appetite Regulation!