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Haptic medicine is a form of alternative medicine which involves the study and application of maternal touch to support human health.
The role of maternal touch in human health is the subject of a study in Canada known as MAVAN. Scientists working in Canada discovered the effects of maternal touch include modifying the expression of genes regulating stress and neurogenesis or the development of neural stem cells in the Hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal axis, a region of the brain involving memory, digestion, adaptation, immune function, emotions and more. Research scientists working with animal studies in Sweden showed tactile sensory stimulation effects include measurable changes in hormonal patterns and in cortisol, gastrin, cholecystokinin, somatostatin, insulin, prolactin, and oxytocin 
Further reading Edit
- Touching: The Human Significance of the Skin (Paperback) by Ashley Montagu, 3rd edition, Columbia University Press, 1971, ISBN 0-231-03488-1
- Haptic Medicine, Cindy Mason, Earl Mason and Eileen Mason, Proc. 2009 Conference on Future Health Technology Institute, Boston, Mass. and also Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 2009, 149:368-85, Pub Med PMID19745495
- ↑ Canadian Institute for Health Research Program in Maternal Adversity, Vulnerability and Neurodevelopment (MAVAN) Douglas Hospital Research Center, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, H4H 1R3, CANADA
- ↑ Meaney, M.J. (2001) Maternal care, gene expression, and the transmission of individual differences in stress reactivity across generations. Annual Review of Neuroscience, 24:1161-1192.
- ↑ Champagne, F., Diorio, J., Sharma, S., Meaney, M.J. (2001) Variations in maternal care in the rat are associated with differences in estrogen-related changes in oxytocin receptor levels. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 98:12736-12741.
- ↑ Francis, D.D., Diorio, J., Liu, D., Meaney, M.J. (1999) Nongenomic transmission across generations in maternal behavior and stress responses in the rat. Science, 286:1155-1158.
- ↑ Lupoli B, Johansson B, Uvnas-Moberg K, Svennersten-Sjaunja K. (2001) Department of Animal Nutrition and Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala J Dairy Res., 68(2):175-87.
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