Treating Inflammation Through tVNS
Inflammation could be treated by improving our ‘vagal tone’
Vagal tone is the rate of activity happening in the parasympathetic nervous system, and having a healthy Vagal tone takes part of a feedback loop that is connected to positive emotions, physical health, and positive social connections.
Transcutaneous Vagus Nerve Stimulation is therefore a strong non-invasive drug-free alternative to traditional pharmaceuticals for treating diseases and disorders associated with inflammation. It is often used as a treatment for conditions such as epilepsy and depression. Unlike other forms of vagus nerve stimulation, which require surgery to implant a device, tVNS uses a device that is placed on the skin over the vagus nerve in the neck. This allows for electrical stimulation of the nerve without the need for invasive surgery.
The applications of tVNS, or transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation, are still being studied. Currently, tVNS is most commonly used as a treatment for epilepsy and depression. It has been shown to be effective in reducing symptoms of these conditions and is considered a safe and well-tolerated treatment option. In addition to epilepsy and depression, tVNS may also have potential applications in other medical conditions, such as chronic pain, tinnitus, and inflammatory disorders. However, more research is needed to fully understand the mechanisms of action of tVNS and to determine its potential benefits in the treatment of these and other conditions.