The Vagus Nerve and the Healing Promise of the Sudarshan Kriya

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At the center of our bodies resides a long, sinewy nerve that extends all the way from our medullas down through our chests to beyond our stomachs. This nerve, known as the Vagus Nerve, happens to be at a most fascinating intersection, not only between our two physical nervous systems (our central and autonomic nervous systems) but also between our conscious minds and subconscious minds. As such, it also acts as a bridge between our gross bodies and our subtle bodies. And it’s a nerve probably 99% of the population have never heard of nor even have a clue where it’s located. And yet the Vagus Nerve (ironically pronounced the exact same way as sin city itself, Las Vegas) may be the single most relevant organ in our body relative to our peace of mind and happiness.

Research indicates that a healthy vagus nerve is vital in experiencing empathy and fostering social bonding, and it is crucial to our ability to observe, perceive, and make complex decisions. Tests have revealed that people with impaired vagal activity have also been diagnosed with depression, panic disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, panic disorders, violent mood swings, fibromyalgia, early Alzheimer’s and obesity. Given the state of society today and the vast array of dis-eases associated with unhealthy Vagus Nerves, it doesn’t take a medical doctor to conclude that by healing our collective Vagus Nerves, we can heal a lot of societies woes.

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14 Comments on "The Vagus Nerve and the Healing Promise of the Sudarshan Kriya"

  1. emperorreagan | May 21, 2013 at 1:59 pm |

    Vagus nerve is a pretty good striking target.

  2. Simon Valentine | May 21, 2013 at 4:40 pm |

    “The Romulan Tweak”

    it’s kind of a Vulcan thing

  3. Sir Legendhead | May 21, 2013 at 4:49 pm |

    This may seem like a rather bizarre question but serious responses are appreciated. What advantages could there be in clipping one of these as it leads to the stomach? Let’s say for instance someone had such a surgery as a child. Would it grow back stronger than normal, would the shortening make a perceivable difference in that individual’s development…

    • Simon Valentine | May 21, 2013 at 5:25 pm |

      ouch. dunno about clipping but maybe extension in a tail style of skull extension? there’s so much logistics and specifications involved i’m not sure whether i should confirm this as a serious response, eh?

      on a fiction page, and serious note, some serious science fiction applies.

    • it isn’t central nervous system as far as i know, so it does not have the problem of growth-suppression like the spinal cord does, but growing back correctly would probably need some kind of “setting”

    • Calypso_1 | May 21, 2013 at 10:47 pm |

      It used to be cut in surgeries for intractable ulcers to stop the production of stomach acid. I don’t think this is done anymore. There may still be some cases where it is cut due to other disease factors such as tumors.

      The fun stuff is the implants that are being done.
      The epilepsy ones are really cool. The pt feels the seizure aura coming on and they wave a magnet above the implant to activate & it negates the seizure.

  4. any relations between the vagus nerve and the adrenal glands? I’ve been taking stimulants like caffeine and kratom for a few years and I intuit that they are effecting my adrenal glands for the worse leading to tiredness and grumpiness. I wonder bout traditional Chinese methods of helping with that, without having to stop taking stimulants. and I wonder about how the adrenal glands or other glands, effect the vagus nerve.
    it seems like there could be so much to learn about traditional healing methods and there could be so much progress in the way of holistic medicine if more effort was put into it by more people.

    • Calypso_1 | May 21, 2013 at 10:43 pm |

      Vagus nerve does not innervate the adrenal glands. The adrenal medulla which produces norepinephrine & epinephrine is innervated by the sympathetic chain of the spinal tract. The Adrenal cortex which produces the corticosteroids & androgens is not innervated and is regulated by blood levels of hormones released in the feedback loop of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (& some other stuff that goes on in the kidneys and lungs related to blood pressure).

      That being said the vagus nerve is affected by and regulated by numerous other feedback systems in the body & brain which are affected by the hormones secreted by the adrenals, so their is a relation.

      Caffeine increases the release of epinephrine but overall its stimulant effects are directly related to it being an analog of adenosine.

      Fatigue associated to caffeine can be directly related to addiction profile – maxing out adenosine receptors, neurotransmitter depletion & withdrawal.

      • kowalityjesus | May 22, 2013 at 5:06 am |

        I’ve always wondered what would happen if you drank a tall glass of ATP. I think that could be an energy-drink goldmine.

        • Calypso_1 | May 22, 2013 at 9:57 am |

          Doesn’t work that way. If by glass you meant w/ water it would break down into to ADP and P- and would simply warm the water a little.

          In your stomach acid it also going to ionize and form metalosalts & phosphate salts.

          Your body makes all the ATP you need. It has to occur within the cellular metabolism. It is an inherently unstable molecule, hence its value as an energy source.

          • kowalityjesus | May 22, 2013 at 9:37 pm |

            I had a feeling that a draught of aqueous ATP would never make it to be a Gatorade flavor, but I’m very satisfied with your answer. Anyone can generally pretend to be a knowledgeable artistic or occult snob, but technical medical or mathematical knowledge is something you can’t often fake. ^_^

  5. InfvoCuernos | May 21, 2013 at 9:58 pm |

    I wonder if the vagus nerve has been examined in psychopaths? Seems like it has been implicated in a lot of things that psychopaths don’t have, like empathy. I’ve also heard it attributed to sex and specifically orgasm.

    • Calypso_1 | May 21, 2013 at 11:02 pm |

      Not sure I’ll look into it.

      I do know that some of the regulation for heart rhythms through the vagus nerve is controlled in a feedback loop w/ the amygdala. Amygdala deformation in psychopaths is primarily in other nuclei but I think there is some overlap.

      I would think there could be something to the lack of physiological fear response via the amygdala and a possible lack of heart rate variability.

      These things have been mapped pretty tightly, I’ll see what I can find.

      Basically though the vagus is a conduit between many different networks. Its like an internet trunk. There can be disorders that causes hyper/hypoactive response, localized lesions or improper innervation. So just as likely you are going to be seeing problems in the things that it connects as you would with the nerve itself.

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