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Function of Serotonin

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Function Of Serotonin:   Synthesised in the central nervous system (CNS) and cells of the gastrointestinal tract.  In the CNS it is believed to play an important role as a neurotransmitter in the regulation of anger, appetite, body temperature, mood, sexuality and sleep.  Low levels may be associated with aggression, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, impulsivity, irritability and sleep disorders.

Function of Dopamine, Noradrenaline and Adrenaline:   Dopamine is an excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmitter synthesized in many areas of the brain.  It is a precursor for noradrenaline and adrenaline.  In the CNS dopamine is involved in the regulation of pleasure and reward, memory, motor control, sleep, mood, attention and learning.  Dopamine is released by rewarding experiences such as food, sex and some drugs.  Lowered dopamine has been associated with loss of satisfaction, social withdrawal,  apathy, reduced motivation and attention.  In addition, low dopamine levels can result in impaired motor control, e.g. Parksinson’s disease.  High levels of dopamine may result in aggression, Schizophrenia, hyperactivity and Tourette’s syndrome. Noradrenaline  and adrenaline  are excitatory neurotransmitters as well as hormones.  They are most well known for their involvement in the ‘fight and flight’ response.  Low levels contribute to a decrease in mood, energy, focus, motivation and memory.  High levels are associated with aggression, anxiety, emotional instability, hyperactivity, mania, stress and suppression of the immune system.

Function of GABA:   GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric acid) is an amino acid that functions as an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain.  In the body, GABA is concentrated in the hypothalamus region of the brain and is known to play a role in the overall functioning of the pituitary gland – which regulates growth hormone synthesis, sleep cycles and body temperature.

Function of Glutamate:   Glutamate is a major mediator of excitatory signals in the brain and is involved in most aspects of normal brain function including cognition, memory and learning.

The Doctors and Naturopaths at the Natural Healing Centre can test for the above neurotransmitters and then assist in managing or balancing them until any symptoms you may have been experiencing are under control.

Call for an appointment on 03 9873 0966 or 03 9755 1900.

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