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Laughter is the Best Medicine

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on March 10, 2011 at 11:04 PM
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 Laughter is the Best Medicine

Researchers from the University of Leed's School of Healthcare have found that laughter is likely to speed up recovery more quickly than any hi-tech treatment like ultrasound. Laughter increases the blood circulation and helps speed recovery. †

In UK about 500,000 people suffer from recurrent leg ulcers. Leg ulcers are common in those with varicose veins or mobility problems. Obesity often aggravates this situation. Studies looked at a 5-year record of patients with leg ulcers and established that a good laugh stimulates the diaphragm which plays a vital role in blood circulation. On the contrary, as suggested by previous studies, expensive ultrasound therapy does not seem to help much. Complicated leg ulcers can take about 6-months or more to heal. Researchers found that ultrasound therapy did not speed up the healing process but added an average of 200pounds to the patient's bill.

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The research, published by the British Medical Journal, said, "Forget technology. The best prescription for patients with venous leg ulcers is good quality nursing care and the occasional belly laugh!"


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