Central Nervous System-Gut connection

PARASYMPATHETIC INNERVATION – THE VAGUS NERVE

People with digestive dysfunction are often treated via dietary changes or exclusions.  This video by Dr Datis Kharrazian proposes using simple exercises to improves gut function by stimulating the vagus nerve, is the nerve which innervates the viscera of the body.

Further reading: Viva vagus: Wandering nerve could lead to range of therapies

SYMPATHETIC INNERVATION – SPINAL NERVES

The following diagram shows the spinal segments which correspond to each visceral organ.  These segments are both the innervate of the viscera sympathetically, and also relay pain signals to the brain via the sympathetic ganglia.

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