Animal-assisted therapy - magic or medicine?

@article{Odendaal2000AnimalassistedT,
  title={Animal-assisted therapy - magic or medicine?},
  author={J. S. Odendaal},
  journal={Journal of psychosomatic research},
  year={2000},
  volume={49 4},
  pages={
          275-80
        }
}
  • J. S. Odendaal
  • Published 2000
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of psychosomatic research
A sound theoretical basis supported by scientifically measured physiological parameters is needed to gain medical support for animal-assisted therapy. Six neurochemicals associated with a decrease in blood pressure were measured in humans (n=18) and dogs (n=18) before and after positive interaction. Results (P<.05) indicated that in both species the neurochemicals involved with attention-seeking or attentionis egens behavior have increased. This information can be used as a rationale for animal… Expand
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