Time to stimulate the vagus nerve

There is a growing body of information about the vagus nerve and health.  (The vagus nerve is a cranial nerve.)  It is the only nerve of the parasympathetic nervous system.  A vagus nerve stimulator has been approved by the FDA.  Applications are broad: atrial fibrillation, epilepsy, tinnitus, mental depression, rheumatoid arthritis.  A good review can be found in the Nov. 14, 2015 issue of Science News.  Vagal nerve stimulation has reported benefits for healthy hearts. [Physiological Reports May 2016] Expect more reports about vagus nerve stimulation and health.  It may be useful after a heart attack.  [ Acupuncture may be a way to stimulate the vagus nerve. [Alternative Complementary Medicine Dec 2013]

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