Vagus Nerve and Stimulation (VNS) – Brain hacking?
The Vagus nerve, the tenth and the longest cranial nerve of ours is in charge of major organs, contributing to the autonomic nerve center and the parasympathetic nervous system. A trunk is located on the left side of human neck and stems reach to the outer ear area providing a unique entrance to the brain.
And because all signals between brain and every organ and agent of perception, motion and cognition is electric, bioelectrical stimulation of this structure in the cervical region – that is the conventional VNS method – allows direct modulative access to subcortical brain areas. This means a modern and safe way to “hack the brain”.
Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) has become an established therapy for difficult-to-treat epilepsy during the past 20 years and depression during the past 10 years.
FDA approval since 1997.
Transcutaneous Vagus Nerve Stimulation taVNS
Transcutaneous Vagus Nerve Stimulation is a non-invasive method allowing effective stimulation treatments without invasive procedures.
Salustim Group is currently developing new generation non-invasive stimulation device. See the first views of the device here.
Vagus Nerve Stimulation helping to reach well-being and happiness
- Stress relief
- To ease anxiety and panic disorders
- To mitigate/relieve pains like cluster headache, migraine and fibromyalgia
- To relieve addictions
- To prevent memory loss (AAMI, MCI) and worsening of Alzheimer´s disease
- To treat annoying tinnitus (as a component of TCPT (tinnitus care pathway technology)
- To treat stress-associated insomnia
VNS Efficacy and Safety
Safety and efficacy of VNS have been studied since 1990’s when the invasive VNS was approved by FDA (1997) and EU (1994).
The founders of SaluStimg Group have compiled an Efficacy and Safety Summary, which can be read here.