Many of you expressed interest in learning more about vagal nerve stimulation. As you may recall, the vagal nerves – two cranial nerves that extend from the brain stem to the abdomen – can trigger the parasympathetic part of the autonomic nervous system, which controls functions of the body that are not under voluntary control, such as heart rate and digestion.
The vagus nerve travels down the neck near the carotid artery and jugular vein. Neurologists in the 19th century began noting that applying pressure on the carotid artery in the neck (i.e. the vagus nerve) could stop seizures.
This prompted significant research trials to manually stimulate the vagus nerve with electrical impulses sent through a device that is surgically implanted under the skin of the chest, similar to a pace maker. A wire is then threaded under the skin connecting the device to the vagus nerve. When activated, the device sends electrical signals along the vagus nerve to the brainstem, which then sends signals to certain areas in your brain.
This kind of invasive vagus nerve stimulation has been used to treat epilepsy, depression, multiple sclerosis, migraines and Alzheimer’s disease. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has official approved vagus nerve stimulation for epilepsy and depression.
While the benefits of this surgical procedure are exciting, the potentially to stimulate the vagal nerve through the non-invasive use of our stimulatory parasympathetic blend and uplift blend are equally compelling. We are looking forward to hearing more about your experiences with these products!