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Why does touching feel so good?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Massaging and caressing our skin stimulates the vagus nerve, which runs up the spine to the brain and helps regulate multiple body functions. Being touched in a loving way reduces levels of the stress chemical cortisol and increases levels of the feel-good chemical oxytocin.

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