Menthol - just how does it work the way it does?

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Offline Alandriel

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Menthol - just how does it work the way it does?
« on: 30/10/2007 20:02:00 »
[if this better belongs in a different forum please do zap it along... I could not make up my mind]


This is menthol (I just found out....)

it comes from this


.... and sometimes makes this


but I disgress..............


Menthol – synthetic or natural is widely used today e.g. in cough medicines (eases throat irritation), as an antipruritic, topical analgesic etc.

I know about menthol’s ability to chemically trigger cold-receptive sensors in the skin to produce a cooling sensation without an actual drop in temperature. Cool, aye (literally !) [;D]

But how does inhalation and or application of menthol work to have a decongestant action?

I’ve wondered many times and again tonight as I put a few drops in a bowl of hot water and stuck my head over it covered by a towel to ease my cold. It works – I know it does, but how exactly? Surely it's more complicated and interesting than just a simple trick of sensors.....



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lyner

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« Reply #1 on: 31/10/2007 17:00:24 »
Might this get an answer in another forum?
I'd love to know more.

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« Reply #2 on: 02/11/2007 01:09:59 »
I'll just ask again - why does the (menthol) loose its flavor on the bedpost over-night so someone will answer this question.
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« Reply #3 on: 02/11/2007 13:27:44 »
Menthol is supposed to be a mild anaesthetic, beyond that the answer i do not know.

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« Reply #4 on: 02/11/2007 15:50:25 »
Perhaps this will fare better in a different forum  [:)]

Dear resident mods where do you think shall its new residence be?
Where resides the highest probability to find an answer....

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« Reply #5 on: 03/11/2007 01:51:22 »
As you wish, my dear, Presto!
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« Reply #6 on: 04/11/2007 03:02:19 »
OK - Who are you trying to fool. You already know the answer to this question - you answered this yourself, Alendriel. Or is senility setting in??

http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=350.msg130084#msg130084

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