The Vagus Nerve as Our Safety Gateway

The vagus nerve is comprised of the parasympathetic nervous system, the sympathetic nervous system, and the enteric nervous system. The enteric nervous system influences the brain and is considered a gut response because it is centered in the solar plexus. The vagus influences digestion, metabolism and the relaxation response. Releasing the vagus nerve plexus has the ability to heal sexual stress and trauma.

Unfortunately, many medical professionals treat sensations of fast heart rate, passing out, shortness of breath with anti-anxiety medication without considering the vagus nerve’s regulatory role in the expression of emotions. The assessment method of the vagus is housed in the amygdala, and the hypothalamus or mid brain which scans every perception to assess whether a situation will make me feel safer and/or make me more or less secure.