The Vagus Nerve

What is the Vagus Nerve?

There are 12 pairs of cranial nerves that leave the brain and continue down the right and left sides of the body. The vagus nerve or cranial nerve X is the longest. It is the most important and most branched cranial nerve of the parasympathetic nervous system. The Vagus Nerve helps to regulate the functioning of most of your  internal organs.  The Vagus Nerve controls certain muscles, the larynx, the pharynx, part of the external organ of hearing, the heart, the lungs, the stomach and the intestines.

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Here are some articles about disorders or defects involving the Vagus Nerve:

Consequences of a misaligned Atlas on the circulatory and neuro-vegetative systems (parasympathetic nervous system)
When the functionality of the vagus nerve is compromised (which may also arise from cervical arthrosis), this may produce a whole series of symptoms, including nausea, stomach acidity, dizziness, hot flushes, tachycardia, pain and stiffness in the neck, and headaches.

A missing link to chronic illness, allergies and longevity? Vagus Nerve Imbalance/Hiatal Hernia Syndrome
by Steve Rochlitz
This article will reveal how this condition, Vagus Nerve Imbalance/ Hiatal Hernia Syndrome, which I will abbreviate as VNI/HHS, can cause so many other maladies and symptoms, and how it can cause many other organs to malfunction. Then I will describe testing to uncover the VNI/HHS, and finally, how to treat this insidious malady with various modalities. These methods include manipulations to rapidly correct (bring down) the stomach, as well as nutrition, diet and lifestyle changes. Health practitioners and/or patients can learn the crucial manipulations.

Neurocardiogenic Syncope and Related Disorders of Orthostatic Intolerance
The reflex syncopes are a group of disorders that occur because of a sudden failure of the ANS to maintain adequate vascular tone during orthostatic stress, resulting in hypotension (frequently associated with bradycardia) that results in cerebral hypoperfusion and loss of consciousness.


The Vagus Nerve Infection Hypothesis for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
In some ways, vagus nerve appears, in fact, to be ripe for infection in ME/CFS. As it ‘wanders’ through the body it comes into contact with virus havens such as the esophagus, stomach, lungs and spleen, all of which have likely at one time or another harbored the herpesviruses (HHV6, HHV-5 [cytomegalovirus], HHV-4 [Epstein-Barr virus]) that have been thought to be associated with ME/CFS for decades. 

2 thoughts on “The Vagus Nerve”

  1. Thank you for your article on Lyme disease and the vagus nerve as it appears that is what is going on with me. I have been through all the testing and it has been determined that I do have difficulty swallowing and also “delayed stomach empty.” However, I would like to ask, what would you suggest for someone with Lyme experiencing vagus nerve involvement? I am currently taking Lions Mane Mushroom and I can tell it does help me with the swallowing. But what would you suggest for someone suffering with this. Thank you.

    1. I have suffered from lyme disease almost all my life. I have had nearly every conceivable G.I. symptom. My symptoms have progressed and I can sustain very little food at a given time in my G.I. tract. I eat very little these days. My blood pressure has been dropping for the past year and i don’t know how much longer I can sustain this. I seem to be running out of options. Have you any suggestions?

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