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Substance P

Substance P – it’s a neurotransmitter, but what does it do?

New discoveries, be they hitherto undescribed plants or animal species, new subatomic particles, new chemical compounds…., whatever: it’s got to have a name. C.W. Roentgen called “his” rays X-rays; bosons and fermions (they are subatomic particles) are named after the Indian Satyendra N. Bose and Italian-born Enrico Fermi. Einsteinium is named after German-born Albert Einstein and the names of other chemical elements are often of Greek origin. Brain waves are simply called alpha, beta, gamma or delta waves. Not very inventive I’d say, just like the vitamins’ names A, B, C, D are. And this brings me to Substance “P”.’ —>—>