Knowledge is Power
Vagus nerve irregularities cause tremendous distress in physical and emotional health. Physical consequences can include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), heart burn or GERD, nausea or vomiting, fainting, tinnitus, tachycardia, auto-immune disorders, seizures, and migraines. Mental health consequences include fatigue, depression, panic attacks, or a classic alternation between feeling overwhelmed and shut-down. It is always important to discuss these symptoms with your physician. It is also valuable to have access to information that helps us stay informed when it comes to our healthcare.
In a previous post I discuss Natural Vagus Nerve Stimulation as related to the treatment of PTSD. In response to that post I received a series question. Here are just a few:
- “If I am already experiencing anxiety isn’t my vagus nerve already over-stimulated?”
- “How can stimulating the same nerve help both depression and anxiety?”
- “I’m excited to learn about natural vagus nerve stimulation techniques but for how long do I do the exercises?”
Since these questions are quite common this post includes my response to these readers with you.
“Having an understanding about the neural and physiological substrates of the body and mind provides keys that can open many doors. Such an understanding can allow you advocate for your needs with healthcare providers and help you feel empowered in your healing journey. You can learn the practices that help you regulate your mind and emotions and as a result positively impact your physical health. Knowledge is power.”
-Dr. Arielle Schwartz