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Vagus Nerve Acupuncture for Dysautonomia / POTS Relief
The Vagus nerve point is one of the most potent acupuncture points to use when treating people
who have the challenge of managing dysautonomia and is therefore included in our acupuncture
POTS protocol. The Vagus nerve is the longest, cranial “wandering” nerve that covers the heart and
innervates most major organs, impacting the cardiovascular, endocrine, immune, respiratory, and
digestive systems. The Vagus nerve also impacts the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous
In the case of dysautonomia, a few of the major complications are Gastroparesis accompanied by
intense pain and vomiting, bradycardia, syncope or fainting, and inability to sweat. Gastroparesis is
the result of underactive Vagus nerve activity, with delayed gastric emptying and inhibited peristalsis
– or the inability to digest food and its’ nutrients, necessary to live. At the same time, an overactive
Vagus nerve can cause an abnormally low heart rate and fainting, or vasovagal syncope due to a
sudden drop in cardiac output.
Whether the Vagus nerve is hypo or hyper aroused, both in the case of dysautonomia, treating the
Vagus nerve acupuncture point encourages the body toward homeostasis and efficient function.
Since the body has a natural tendency toward maintaining homeostasis and optimal functioning for
survival, vagal nerve stimulation, via acupuncture, communicates the appropriate need for
increasing or subduing Vagal nerve function.
The Benefits of Acupuncture
Acupuncture, in particular, reminds the body how to heal itself. Acupuncture is clinical medicine
that treats illness, disease, pain and inflammation and it encourages the maintenance of our
homeostasis or balance. For example, the same acupoint can be treated for either high or low blood
pressure and the body will adjust accordingly to establish that happy 120/80 range. Same with a
fever or a hot flash – treating a certain acupuncture point can drop body temperature in order to
recuperate our perfect 98.6-degree F.
Summary about the Vagus Nerve
Acupuncture can help to establish proper vagal tone, which seems imperative when managing
dysautonomia, POTS, and many of the debilitating side effects of the disease. People with
dysautonomia have common symptoms from the disease, yet, are also navigating very individual
complications. The beauty of acupuncture is that it is a catalyst for the body to do what it needs to
do, according to each individual’s necessary health requirements. Including the Vagus nerve
acupuncture point in a patient’s customized acupuncture treatment plan, should be of serious
consideration - for the benefit of a person’s quality of life… Isn’t that the Point?
Article Source: http://www.vitalityacupuncture.net/blog/vagus-nerve-acupuncture-fordysautonomia-pots-relief