The vagus nerve is essential for keeping your immune system in-check. There is a close connection between chronic stress, immune functioning, and inflammation. In brief, short-term activation of your sympathetic nervous system releases of cortisols and helps keep your immune system at healthy levels. Long-term stress suppresses immunity. However, chronic traumatic stress has an inverse reaction, leaving your immune system unchecked which leads to inflammation in the body (you can read more here in my blog on chronic stress and disease).
Activation of the vagus nerve keeps your immune system in check and releases an assortment of hormones and enzymes such as acetylcholine and oxytocin. This results in reductions in inflammation, improvements in memory, and feelings of relaxation. Vagus nerve stimulation has also been shown to reduce allergic reactions and tension headaches.
Micha Harris wrote:A quick way to stimulate the vague nerve is to "hmph!" Basically, it is like a short forceful hum made through your nose with your mouth closed. It is a sound typically made when people spontaneously express frustration. If you have time and privacy, you cam also stimulate it with pressure inside the rectum. That tactic was used to cure a previously intractable case of the hiccups.
Joylynn Hardesty wrote:I recently heard that stimulation of the vagus nerve, the ventral side can switch on the healing. Stimulation of the dorsal side can trigger the cell danger response.
Any herbals that can help with this as well?
Eric Hanson wrote:I am not exactly certain that you would want to deliberately stimulate the vagus nerve. Doing so would cause you to become violently ill. The vagus nerve is what connects your brain stem to your stomach & gut, largely for the purposes of finding toxins one ingested before they can be absorbed. Stimulation tends to cause nausea and vomiting.
S Bengi wrote:The nightshade family of plants are very good at it, you just have to be very careful.