The Untold Medical Uses of Botox (Botulinum Neurotoxin)

  Botox is commonly referred to as the ultimate cosmetic treatment for injections usually in the face or lips. A lot of people still don’t understand exactly what it is and how it can be used to treat a variety of medical conditions. The active ingredient is actually botulinum toxin which is a protein and neurotoxin produced by a specific bacteria. This neurotoxin in high enough doses can cause botulism and eventually lead to death. However, the doses and strength of products used for medical conditions are not close to the lethal amount that it would take to become poisoned.

Products that are approved by the US FDA have to meet certain requirements in effectiveness and safety for the public’s protection. Although not lethal in medical products, there still can be some side effects associated with the use of Botox. Botox works in the body by relieve tension in muscles causing muscle relaxation and reduced muscle activity.  The US FDA (Food & Drug Administration) have approved for the use of BOTOX in medical conditions such as:
  •  Chronic migraines – Botox received FDA approval in 2010. The botox is injected into the head and neck areas to relieve symptoms and frequency of migraines. There have been a few studies done to prove the effectiveness and there are many more studies currently underway.
  • Urinary Incontinence – Botox acts to relieve muscle tension and relax your bladder, giving the patient more control over urination
  • Cervical dystonia – This medical condition involves the cervical muscles contracting so Botox acts to relax the muscles so there aren’t random painful contractions for women.
  • Cxcessive sweating -Relaxes the muscles and glands that control sweating.
Quite surprising how many uses there actually are for Botox, wouldn’t you say? Botox can still be used cosmetically but the more studies that is undergone with this medication the more medical conditions we are understanding could benefit from the use of Botox. Considering the wide affects that botulinum toxin has throughout the body it will be interesting to see what else we can learn from this “neurotoxin”.