It’s what songwriters have been saying for years, and now scientists agree – love really does hurt.
But what the ballads don’t tell us is that a simple dose of paracetamol could help ease the pain of a broken heart.
The rather prosaic cure emerged in a study by neuroscientists which found that emotional pain is processed in the same area of the brain as physical pain.
They also discovered that hurt feelings – such as being dumped by a partner – can respond to painkillers.
In a three-week trial at the University of California, 62 people were told to take either Tylenol – the American name for paracetamol – or a placebo and then record how they felt every night.
The study found those who took 1,000mg of the painkiller, or around two tablets, showed a ‘significant reduction in hurt feelings’ compared to those taking the placebo.
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