Updated: Oct 28, 2019
The Vagus Nerve, otherwise known as the "wandering" nerve, contributes to the balance of the Parasympathic Nervous System and the Sympathetic Nervous System. These are otherwise know as the "fight or flight" and "rest and digest" systems; our ability to relax and allow our bodies to be nourished and regulated. The Vagus Nerve
connects to the ear, esophagus, lungs, heart, stomach, and a large part of the digestive tract. When suppressed, it leads to rapid breathing, an increased heart rate, and the sensation of butterflies in your stomach when you get nervous. This is also where the term "gut feeling" originates from. By stimulating the Vagus Nerve, the Parasympathetic Nervous System is turned on, allowing us to relax, and let our body's internal systems to function more fully. Information is relayed from the gut to the brain, and helps regulate the serotonin in our system, promoting happiness and relaxation. By practicing deep belly breathing, resting our hands below the belly button, and breathing deeply to push our lower stomach into our hands, we stimulate the diaphragm, and vagus nerve, to regulate the lung's and heart's rhythms, making it possible to neutralize the effects of anxiety, irregular breathing, and irregular heart rates. This can also help decrease inflammation. In acupuncture, there is a modality called Auriculotherapy, which is used
to stimulate different points on the ear. As we have seen, the Vagus Nerve connects to the ear, as well as multiple areas of the body. We also see the map of the human body on the ear. This map is relative to the Fibonacci sequence of the human body. This is also shown with DaVinci's Virtuan man and the law of medical proportions of the human body in relativity to itself. It is also related to the process of organogenesis, in which an embryo begins to multiply and create various types of cells for particular organ systems. These cells originate from the same source, and are therefore connected to the same source as they begin to multiply. As the embryo develops into a fetus, the cells continue to multiply until they are formed into full structures, laid out in this proportional sequencing, again, originating from the same source. This is how we are able to access various parts of the body, through the ear, via the Vagus Nerve. Whether using needles, or leaving seeds taped onto various points on the ear, accessing these points is extremely beneficial to continuing an acupuncture treatment at home. This, in combination with regular deep belly breathing, will allow a greater sense of balance, tranquility, and overall wellbeing.