Neuroplasticity- Biology of Psychotherapy

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For decades the mental health professions considered the brain an unknowable "black box."  Psychotherapists apply theories about behavior, thinking and emotion as though they go on in a universe separate from the dynamics of the biological system we call " the human brain."  So-called biological psychiatry uses terms like  "chemical imbalance" to explain to patients that the purpose of medications is correction of certain chemical imbalances. Yet, research evidence never involves data about specific imbalances in brain functions; evidence of effectiveness is limited to changes in behavior, thinking and emotions.The last two decades have seen a quantum leap in options for assessing and treating mental illnesses. Refinements in brain imaging tools and research in the discipline of neuroscience have opened many windows to the brain; the former "black box" presents much more transparency. These developments offer sturdy bridges for linking learning experiences with durable biological brain changes . Improving brain biology is no longer limited to chemical, surgical or electrical agents.  The most natural, most common, most profound source of biological brain change is learning experience;  neuroplasticity is the term for this documented capacity of the brain to change itself. The discovery of this process, and the principles that govern it, are major game changers in pursuit of mental health.This book includes reviews of relevant neuroscience studies, as well as discussion of implications for psychotherapy practice. It presents a detailed discussion of a new paradigm for actually applying modern brain science.  Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz, and his team in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry, designed interventions for a learning protocol to treat patients suffering from OCD. It involved focus on specific malfunctioning brain structures. Psychotherapy  effects were assessed with observed reductions in OCD symptoms, in tandem with(f)MRI recorded corrections in brain firing patterns and metabolic activity levels, comparing initial scans with those at therapy close.

Herb Common Lemon Balm, Melissa officinialis (Green) 1000 Open Pollinated Seeds by David's Garden Seeds

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Distinct lemon flavor. Easy to grow in moist, well-drained fertile soil. Lemon balm is often used as a flavouring in ice cream and herbal teas, both hot and iced, often in combination with other herbs such as spearmint. It is also frequently paired with fruit dishes or candies. It can be used in fish dishes and is the key ingredient in lemon balm pesto. It has been suggested that it might be a better, healthier preservative than beta hydroxy acid in sausages. The crushed leaves, when rubbed on the skin, are used as a repellant for mosquitoes. Lemon balm is also used medicinally as a herbal tea, or in extract form. It is claimed to have antibacterial and antiviral properties (it is effective against herpes simplex). It is also used as an anxiolytic, mild sedative or calming agent. At least one study has found it to be effective at reducing stress, although the study's authors call for further research. Lemon balm extract was identified as a potent inhibitor of GABA transaminase, which explains anxiolytic effects. The major compound responsible for GABA transaminase inhibition activity in lemon balm is rosmarinic acid. Lemon balm and preparations thereof also have been shown to improve mood and mental performance. These effects are believed to involve muscarinic and nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. Positive results have been achieved in a small clinical trial involving Alzheimer patients with mild to moderate symptoms. Its antibacterial properties have also been demonstrated scientifically, although they are markedly weaker than those from a number of other plants studied. The extract of lemon balm was also found to have exceptionally high antioxidant activity.David's Garden Seeds is a Veteran owned business that has been offering quality products since 2009.

Days to maturity: 70
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The crushed leaves, when rubbed on the skin, are used as a repellant for mosquitoes
Lemon balm is often used as a flavouring in ice cream and herbal teas, both hot and iced, often in combination with other herbs such as spearmint
Germination rate: 70%