Could Cobra Venom Replace Opioids in Treating Chronic Pain?

Could Cobra Venom Replace Opioids in Treating Chronic Pain?

The King Cobra’s bite can kill you within 30 minutes, however, the same substance has also been developed into a drug that can ease chronic pain that even the strongest synthetic painkillers can’t touch. And today, along with venoms from an array of other creatures, cobra venom is showing great promise in the fight against a number of deadly diseases.

People have used venoms as medicines for thousands of years; Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, and homeopathy, and other traditional systems of medicines have all recognized the potency of venoms and used them to treat pain, inflammation, cardiovascular disease, and more. Western medicine got involved in the early 1980s, when the first venom-derived drug Captopril, was approved by the FDA for use in hypertension. Today, there’s been a resurgence of interest among researchers and the pharmaceutical industry owing to advances in the study of these compounds.

The most recent study out of Florida Atlantic University shows the potential of cone snail venom in treating severe malaria.

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Color Your World: How Colors Heal

Color Your World: How Colors Heal

Close your eyes. There are three rooms to choose from – blue, green, red. Which are you drawn to? Which do you turn away from?

In your mind, open the door and walk in and out of each space. How do you feel in a  bright blue room? Blood red? Pea-green? Peaceful? Focused? Energized? Colors are more than paint swatches or a box of crayons. We live in a technicolor world, from our homes to our cars, to our wardrobe, to the natural spaces we inhabit.

Blue is not only blue, but it is also cerulean, turquoise, robin’s egg. It’s no coincidence that crime scenes are marked with yellow tape, or that traffic signs are yellow, green, and red. These are colors that we associate with certain responses — STOP! PAY ATTENTION! GO! But more than color’s ability to provide beauty, or inform us, “color is fundamental to our experience of the world around us,” and more importantly, color is integral to our power to heal.

Primary Colors and the Power to Heal

A brief look at the primary colors and their emotional and psychological effects can provide a solid ground to learning how to bring color therapy into your own life:

  • Red: Energetic, passionate, sexual appetite and general vitality
  • Yellow: Joy, non-attachment, free-spiritedness, generosity
  • Blue: balance, strong survival instincts, clarity, calm nervous system
  • White: Clarity, space, purity, spaciousness
  • Black: Strength, power, autonomy, intelligence
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