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Heart Rate Variability Inversely Correlates with Inflammatory Cytokines

Excellent paper demonstrating how low heart rate variability (HRV) is associated with increased inflammation. High-frequency heart rate variability (HF-HRV) had the strongest inverse relationship with proinflammatory cytokines.  HF-HRV represents the functionality of the vagus nerve, the conduit of all parasympathetic signaling.The vagus nerve can lose function because of chronically elevated blood sugar, chemotherapies, and ironically …

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VNS Increases Neurological Recovery Even Years After Stroke

Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) has a wide range of potentially powerful effects. Another study has demonstrated increased stroke recovery when VNS is combined with physical therapy. The study involved 19 rehabilitation centers within the U.S. and U.K. and involved 108 participants. The patients whose strokes had occurred an average of 3 years prior whose received …

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Vagus Nerve Stimulation Improves Psoriatic Arthritis Ankylosing Spondylitis

Using transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation (tVNS) for 2 minutes, 3 times per day reduces inflammation markers in the bloodstream and improves symptoms from psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. In addition to other studies showing benefits in rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease, this study provides additional evidence that tVNS may be an effective anti-inflammatory therapy for …

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Research: Vagus Nerve Stimulation: A Potential Adjunct Therapy for COVID-19

More research examining the potential role of vagus nerve stimulation continues to be published. This paper reviews the potential clinical benefits of using transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation as adjunctive therapy for COVID-19. The authors conclude, “Vagal neurostimulation has a wide field of therapeutic benefit for patients and should be combined with the best current medical …

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