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The Healing Power and Magic of a Kiss

Updated on February 5, 2016

As Valentine’s Day approaches, it’s a good time to look at the fabulous art of the simple kiss. Kissing has always had a kind of magic to it, but there actually might be more to that kiss than pleasure or the expression of love.

“Ancient Chinese physicians considered the saliva of one’s lover to be a health elixir,” says Dr. Dunas of

According to Dr Andrew Schole, kissing stimulates “34 muscles and lots of hormones and chemicals known as neurotransmitters.” In that one moment when two people’s lips meet, a lot of stuff happens. To understand exactly what that was, a study done at a University attached electrodes to the lips of the participants. When the lips met, electrical currents were observed that flowed to all 34 muscles in the face.

The Healing Power of a Kiss

As a mother, I’ve always revered kisses as something kind of magical. I’ve not only used it to express love for my family, but also as a kind of healing tool when my son got hurt. During his years of growing up, there were many times when he’d scrape a knee or hit his head. I found in these moments that the pain from whatever happened could be quelled with a simple kiss. It was more than just affection though. He's a rather knowledgeable soul and as a little guy, he demanded that I kiss whatever it was that had gotten hurt. The amazing part about it was that after I kissed his knee where he'd fallen, he was immediately out of pain. The kissed soothed it in a way that I couldn't explain.

After a short time, I realized that if he was effected so quickly in relieving pain then he might be teaching me something. So, when I bumped my hand or did something else that caused pain, I'd kiss it. The surprising part was that it worked. The pain almost instantly subsided.

So, this morning when I was lying in bed and my side was aching, I asked my husband to kiss it. You could say that the kiss has become a little bit more in our household. The aching did subside and I felt better.

In my research, it was great to find out that a simple kiss has been scientifically proven to create an entire battery of actions to happen and maybe, just maybe it’s one of those actions that has been the very core of the personal healing power I’ve found that a kiss has. Although I wasn’t able to find any studies that had been performed on the healing qualities of a kiss, I know from personal experience that it does work.


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      NikaWest 2 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Start kissing. It's probably good for you. Happy Valentines Day!