The Wandering Nerve – Lis Horwich

The Wandering Nerve

The wandering nerve – the electric circuit. Do you suffer from “brain fog”?
Let’s look at the vagus nerve, which starts in the brainstem, just behind the ears. It travels down each side of the neck, across the chest and down through the abdomen. Vagus is Latin for wandering, and indeed, this bundle of nerve fibres roves through the body, networking the brain with the stomach and digestive tract, lungs, heart, spleen, intestines, liver and kidneys, not to mention a range of other nerves that are involved in speech, eye contact, facial expressions and even your ability to tune in to other people’s voices. It is made up of thousands upon thousands of fibres, and 80 per cent of them are sensory, meaning that the vagus nerve reports back to your brain what is going on in your organs.
The vagus nerve is vital for keeping our body healthy. It is an essential part of the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for calming organs after the stressed “fight-or-flight” adrenaline response to danger. Inflammation in body tissues is regulated directly by the brain. Communication between the immune system’s specialist cells in our organs and bloodstream, and the electrical connections of the nervous system, has been discovered more recently.
Reflexology can aid a client immensely by supporting the parasympathetic nervous system by working with the vagus nerve reflexes. It is undeniably the most important nerve in terms of the gut-brain connection and gut bacteria. Several inflammatory diseases originate with an autoimmune reaction in the gut, including IBS, Crohn’s disease, lupus, MS, psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis. Stimulating the vagus nerve not only relaxes the body but dampens the fires of inflammation which are related to the negative effects of stress. The Vagal tone is measured by tracking your heart rate alongside your breathing rate.
New research shows: The vagus nerve prevents inflammation; it helps you make memories; it helps you breathe; it is intimately involved with your heart; it initiates your body’s relaxation response; it translates between your gut and your brain; overstimulation of the vagus nerve is the most common cause of fainting; electric stimulation of the vagus nerve reduces inflammation; vagus nerve stimulation is a new field of medicine. Google “Vagus Nerve” for further information as research on this nerve is extremely important.
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Lis Horwich hosts Highcliffe Positive Living Group and Highcliffe Death Café. She is a workshop leader and speaker on holistic topics. Tel. 01425 280678

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