Botox and its medical use

Almost everyone has heard of botox at some time in their lives, especially in its aesthetic application. But the fact is that most people are unaware of where it comes from, how it works or its interesting applications in medical treatments that go far beyond improving our appearance.

Botulinum toxin, also known as “botulinum” and commonly referred to as botox, is a neurotoxin produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacteria, which is on its own merits one of the most powerful poisons that exist.

How does botulinum toxin work? Botulinum blocks the release of a neurotransmitter (acetylcholine), causing a temporary paralysis of the muscles. It has a paralysing effect on our body that can lead to death by suffocation or severe neurological diseases as a result of anoxia (an almost total lack of oxygen in body tissues or in the blood, which is produced in this case by blocking the patient’s respiratory function). However, despite how scary the botulinum toxin can be, its numerous medical applications have, for many patients, led to a breakthrough in the treatment of certain diseases. Medical applications of botulinum  The botulinum neurotoxin Read more