As research continues to grow and evolve, it’s becoming clear that the vagus nerve is far more complex than just simply being ‘the longest cranial nerve in the body.’ It is proving to be multi-talented, with sensory fibres crossing into many tissues making it a useful target for modification of internal physiology using external stimuli.
Today we’re joined once again by Emrys Goldsworthy to continue the discussion about the emerging benefits of transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation (TC-VNS). Emrys takes us through the recent developments in TC-VNS that are showing clinical promise in treating numerous inflammatory-mediated conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, atrial fibrillation, migraine, Crohn’s disease, as well as various neuroinflammatory conditions like Parkinson’s and ASD.
Covered in this episode:
[00:49] Welcoming back Emrys Goldsworthy
[02:00] Recap: The vagus nerve
[05:26] A sensory organ: sensing dysbiosis?
[09:52] Diving deep into ‘gut-feelings’
[11:54] How the vagus nerve influences inflammation?
[26:12] Complex regional pain syndrome
[28:06] Gut-to-brain axis and down-regulating immune activation
[37:54] Auricular stimulation in ASD
[39:35] Can singing be therapeutic?
[41:46] Resources for further learning
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