Nervous System

Definition of Nervous System:

A system in the body that is comprised of the brain, spinal cord, nerves, ganglia and parts of the receptor organs that receive and interpret stimuli and transmit impulses to effector organs.

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“A neurotransmitter widely distributed in body tissues with a primary function of mediating synaptic activity of the nervous system and skeletal muscles.”


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“Neurotransmitter enzyme that hydrolyzes acetylcholine, affecting functioning of the parasympathetic nervous system.”
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...the condition
“...This can be due to a variety of causes including ... nervous system dysfunction...”

Alfalfa a treatment
“...Brain and Nervous System Conditions – helps people who are recovering from a narcotic or alcohol addiction to become active again...”

American Skullcap a treatment
“...Native Americans as well as traditional European herbalists used skullcap to induce sleep, relieve nervousness, and moderate the symptoms of epilepsy, rabies, and other diseases related to the nervous system.  In other words, skullcap was believed to function as an herbal sedative...”

Analgesics / Pain Killers a treatment
“Analgesics are agents which reduce or eliminate pain by acting on the sensory nervous system, either centrally or peripherally...”


...recommendation Kava
“...This risk may be due to an impairment of the parasympathetic nervous system with lower vagal control being reported in persons with more severe anxiety...”
...recommendation Aerobic Exercise
“...Exercise increases blood flow to the brain, releases hormones, stimulates the nervous system, and increases levels of morphine-like substances found in the body (such as beta-endorphin) that can have a positive effect on mood and pain...”

Aspartame/Neotame Side-Effects

...the condition
“...Formaldehyde is known to cause gradual damage to the nervous system, the immune system and has recently been shown to cause irreversible genetic damage at long-term, low-level exposure...”

Banana a treatment
“...Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.  Overweight and Stressed at Work?  Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found that pressure at work leads to comfort food cravings such as chocolate and chips...”

Biotin a treatment
“...BRAIN/NERVOUS SYSTEM: Cognitive skills impairment, Confusion, Depression, Hallucinations...”

Brain Tumor

...the condition
“...Very rarely, grade 4 tumors can spread beyond the nervous system to other parts of the body...”

Calming / Stretching Exercises a treatment
“...Some of the benefits of abdominal breathing include increased oxygen supply to the brain and musculature and stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system.  This branch of your autonomic nervous system promotes a state of calmness and quiescence...”

Catuaba a treatment
“...Catuaba is a strong tonic and nervous system fortifier...”

Central Nervous System

...related topic
“...More broadly, this can even include the neurotransmitting hormones instigated by the CNS that control the chemical nervous system, the endocrine glands.”

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)

...the condition
“...When it occurs, it may affect the skin, nervous system and lymph nodes more often and is more rapidly progressive than is the B cell type...”


...related topic
“Essential for normal growth and functioning of all body cells, especially those of bone marrow (red blood cell formation), gastrointestinal tract and nervous system, it prevents pernicious anemia and plays a crucial part in the reproduction of every cell of the body i.e. synthesis of genetic material (DNA).”

Coffee a treatment
“...Coffee/caffeine has beneficial effects on a number of conditions, including ... Drowsiness: During sleep, our brains produce the chemical adenosine, which slows down nervous system activity and calms the brain's arousal centers...”


...related topic
“...Copper deficiency leads to a variety of abnormalities, including anemia, skeletal defects, degeneration of the nervous system, reproductive failure, pronounced cardiovascular lesions, elevated blood cholesterol, impaired immunity and defects in the pigmentation and structure of hair...”

Corticosteroids a treatment
“...They affect many body processes, including the breakdown of protein, fat, and carbohydrate; the activity of the nervous system; the balance of salt and water; and the regulation of blood pressure...”

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

...the condition
“...The disease is transmitted by exposure to brain or nervous system tissue, usually through certain medical procedures...”

Digestive Habit Changes a treatment
“...By relaxing, we switch to the Parasympathetic Nervous System, which is essential for proper digestion...”

DMAE a treatment
“...DMAE can over-stimulate the nervous system and cause headaches, tense muscles, or insomnia, although these side-effects are uncommon...”


...related topic
“A neurohormone; precursor to norepinephrine which acts as a stimulant to the nervous system.  Carries signals between neurons and controls feelings of satisfaction, arousal, reward and mood.”

Effects of a High Fat Diet

...the condition
“...American diet is intentionally laden with saturated fats and hardened hydrogenated fats, leaving about 80% of the population deficient in the essential fats required for the maintenance of the human nervous system, the production of hormones and the control of inflammation...”

Environmental Illness / MCS

...the condition
“...The exact number of persons suffering from chemical sensitivity is unclear, but the rise in immune and nervous system disorders indicates that this problem is becoming more common, and somewhat more widely recognized...”

Erectile Dysfunction (ED, Impotence)

...recommendation Marapuama
“Marapuama, also called potency wood, has a history of use for reviving libido, potency, and tonifying the nervous system.  In a study conducted in Paris, France, of 262 male patients experiencing lack of sexual desire and the inability to attain or maintain an erection, 51% of patients with erectile...”

Esophageal Cancer

...the condition
“...Because the cause of chronic pain often cannot be altered, your nervous system will adapt, which may cause depression, anxiety and/or insomnia...”

Excessive Sweating

...the condition
“...Many activities that stimulate the nervous system, such as strong smells, spicy foods, increased air temperatures, exercise, high emotional excitement, stress or nervousness may cause attacks of excessive sweating through sympathetic...”

Fecal Impaction

...the condition
“...Risk factors include ... diseases of the brain or nervous system that block signals to the intestinal muscles...”

Frankincense a treatment
“...It is excellent for use with stress-related conditions and anxiety, due to its ability to have a calming effect on the nervous system.  It can be massaged into the skin, added to the bath, inhaled and taken internally in small doses...”

Germanium a treatment
“...Korean medical literature reports success in treating cancers of the breast, cervix, nervous system, esophagus, and endometrium...”

Glucosamine / Chondroitin Sulfate a treatment
“...In the nervous system, chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans regulate the growth and development of the nervous system as well as the nervous system's response to injury...”

Gluten Sensitivity / Celiac Disease

...the condition
“...Bowel Syndrome (IBS); Acid reflux / GERD / heartburn; Indigestion; Constipation; Diarrhea; Frequent nausea and or vomiting; Difficulty gaining weight; Iron deficiency anemia; Head, Brain and Nervous System Symptoms...”

Guillain-Barre Syndrome

...the condition
“...It is a neurological disorder in which the body's immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system, devastating because of its sudden and unexpected onset...”

Hearing Loss

...relationship to Sarcoidosis
Nervous system effects, including hearing loss, meningitis, seizures or psychiatric disorders (for example, dementia, depression, psychosis) are possible signs of sarcoidosis.”

Heavy Metal Toxicity

...the condition
“...As an example of the scope of a heavy metal's toxicity, lead can affect the nervous system, gastrointestinal system, cardiovascular system, blood production, kidneys, and reproductive system...”


...the condition
“...Possible complications include skeletal damage, urinary tract infections, kidney damage or kidney stones, peptic ulcers, inflammation of the pancreas, high blood pressure, nervous system disorders, and rare complications from surgery...”

Hypotension (Low Blood Pressure)

...recommendation Conventional Drug Use
“...Studies show that it is effective in improving standing blood pressure in those with postural hypotension related to nervous system dysfunction, such as in patients with Shy-Drager syndrome.”


...related topic
“...This means it has the power to govern the autonomic (automatic or subconscious) nervous system.  The hypothalamus also controls pituitary output by secreting specific chemicals to the pituitary's front lobe...”

IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

...the condition
“...Synaptic receptors in the gut's nervous system react to any stimulation...”
...recommendation Gamma Oryzanol
“...Studies have shown that it helps regulate the nervous system and stimulate anti-oxidant activity to protect the mucous lining of the gastrointestinal tract.”
...recommendation Valerian Root
“Valerian root is recognized for its sedative, tranquilizing and calming effect on the nervous system.  It is effective against muscle spasms and cramps, including those in the digestive tract that are caused by IBS.”

Increased Fish Consumption a treatment
“...Exposure to large amounts of methyl mercury can damage the nervous system and impair mental development...”


...recommendation Calming / Stretching Exercises
“It is claimed that the practice of yoga will benefit your sleep in three ways ... The quality of your sleep will improve because of yoga's beneficial effect on the nervous system, in particular the brain...”

Intestinal Obstruction

...the condition
“...The nerve supply to this smooth muscle is from both the parasympathetic (vagus nerve) and sympathetic divisions of the autonomic nervous system.  Parasympathetic stimulation increases movement (motility) through the gut using waves of peristalsis...”

Kidney Disease

...relationship to Lupus, SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)
“...The commonly affected organs/tissues are skin, joints, nervous system and kidneys.”

Korean Ginseng a treatment
“...Korean ginseng is used commonly as an adaptogen (mostly for males), anti-stress, anti-fatigue, for stimulating the nervous system and similar effects...”

Liver Detoxification / Support Requirement

...the condition
“ a variety of psychological and neurological symptoms such as depression, headaches, mental confusion, mental illness, tingling in extremities, abnormal nerve reflexes, and other signs of impaired nervous system function.  Although there are more sensitive tests to determine the functional activity of the liver, such as a serum bile acid assay and various clearance tests, clinical judgment based...”

L-Phenylalanine a treatment
“...This compound can have powerful effects on mood and on the nervous system, and therefore DLPA should be taken only under medical supervision...”

L-Taurine a treatment
“...Taurine has also been used as a treatment for epilepsy as it is thought to help regulate the nervous system.  There is no current US RDA for the intake of taurine.”

L-Tyrosine a treatment
“...These three compounds are monoamines, and have effects on the nervous system.  Tyrosine has been used as a natural antidepressant (monoamine levels at the synapse can affect mood), memory enhancer, and overall stimulant...”

Lyme Disease

...the condition
“...Lyme disease may cause symptoms affecting the skin, nervous system, heart and/or joints...”

Manganese Requirement

...the condition
“...It is useful in the treatment of many nervous system disorders including Alzheimer's disease, and schizophrenia...”

Megaloblastic Anemia / Pernicious Anemia

...the condition
“...Tingling of the hands and feet, as well as the onset of spastic movements, may indicate that the nervous system has been affected...”
...recommendation Test Folic Acid Levels
“...Unless the B12 deficiency is corrected, permanent nervous system damage may result...”

Meniere's Disease

...the condition
“...As well as the causes listed below, excess inner ear fluid can be caused by Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) imbalances, blockage of or damage to the endolymphatic structures, viral infection...”
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Mitral Valve Prolapse

...the condition
“...Curiously, most of the abnormalities seem related to an underlying instability of the autonomic nervous system.  This is the part of the nervous system that regulates the internal functions of the body such as blood pressure, heart rate, sweating, body temperature, gastrointestinal activity, and...”
...relationship to Panic Attacks
“...why this is happening, the symptoms themselves are scary, and the fear of the unknown can prompt an even greater release of stress hormones, driving them into the kind of meltdown of the autonomic nervous system called a panic attack...”

Motherhood Issues

...recommendation Caffeine/Coffee Avoidance
“...Fetuses and newborns cannot metabolize caffeine in their livers, so it remains in their bodies for up to four days, stimulating their nervous system the entire time, causing irritability and sleeping difficulty.”
...recommendation DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)
“...During the last trimester of a pregnancy the mother transfers to her fetus much of the DHA needed for the development of its brain and nervous system.  The DHA content in the mother's diet reflects the amount of DHA passed on to the baby...”

Multiple Sclerosis

...the condition
“...Multiple Sclerosis is a demyelinating (myelin-removing) disease of the white matter of the central nervous system.  Axons form the communication system both within the CNS and between the CNS and the rest of the body...”
...recommendation Calcium-2AEP
“...Dr. Nieper believes that MS is initiated by a viral attack on the nervous system, followed by an error in programming the immune system to defend it...”

Muscle Cramps / Twitching

...the condition
“...Twitching generally occurs as a result of an overwrought nervous system unloading impulses...”

Neural Therapy a treatment
“...It is believed to act through normalizing the function of the nervous system.  NT as a comprehensive healing system is unknown to most doctors in the United States...”


...relationship to Acidosis
“...Stress and over work lower the tone of nervous system and contribute towards acidic neuritis.”

Neurostructural Therapy a treatment
“...The method of action is most likely to be through the autonomic nervous system, allowing the body to better carry out its many functions the way it was designed to...”

Nonallergic / Vasomotor Rhinitis

...the condition
“...Symptoms are triggered by the nervous system rather than by allergens...”

Panic Attacks

...the condition
“...What happens during a panic attack?  The physiologic factors involved stem around arousal of the autonomic nervous system in the manner of a 'fight or flight' response to fearful inner impulses and emotions...”


...related topic
“Usually Parasympathetic nervous system: Portion of the autonomic nervous system that is generally associated with increasing digestion and intestinal muscle activity; decreasing blood circulation and respiration.”


...related topic
“Agent, such as atropine, that annuls or antagonizes the effects of the parasympathetic nervous system.”


...related topic
“Drugs or chemicals having an action resembling that caused by stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system, e.g., acetylcholine.”

Parkinson's Disease

...related topic
“A chronic, slowly-progressing disease of the nervous system characterized clinically by the combination of tremor, rigidity, extreme slowness of movement, and stooped posture...”


...the condition
“...In this disease, secondary symptoms are a result of damage to the organs being affected – often the skin, heart, kidneys and nervous system.  Complications include...”


...related topic
“A fat or lipid containing phosphorus found in high quantities in the brain and very important to the function of cellular membranes and to the nervous system.”

Poor Memory

...recommendation Vitamin B-Complex
“B-vitamins can be supplemented in a B-complex vitamin (100mg daily) to support the nervous system and prevent imbalances from occurring.”

Post-Polio Syndrome

...the condition
“Post-polio syndrome (PPS) is a disorder of the nervous system that affects many people who had poliomyelitis many years earlier...”


...related topic
“...Potassium is the principal cation (positive ion) of the fluid within cells and is important in controlling the activity of the heart, muscles, nervous system and just about every cell in the body...”

Pregnancy-Related Issues

...recommendation DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)
“...During the last trimester of a pregnancy the mother transfers to her fetus much of the DHA needed for the development of its brain and nervous system.  As a consequence, she may lose as much as 3% of her brain mass during this time and therefore supplemental DHA may help prevent postpartum depression and ensure an adequate supply for...”
...recommendation Caffeine/Coffee Avoidance
“...Fetuses and newborns cannot metabolize caffeine in their livers, so it remains in their bodies for up to four days, stimulating their nervous system the entire time, causing irritability and sleeping difficulty...”

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome

...the condition
“...The condition may result from a disturbance in the sympathetic nervous system, the part of the nervous system that controls blood flow and your sweat glands...”

Reflexology a treatment
“...In the West the concept of reflexology began to emerge in the 19th century, based on research into the nervous system and reflex...”

Rheumatoid Arthritis

...the condition
“...It can affect the eyes, skin, heart, lungs, kidneys, nervous system, and digestive tract...”


...the condition
“...Some cases will involve some portion of the nervous system.  The disorder involves an abnormal immune system response resulting in deposits of white blood cells and abnormal tissue cells in the affected organs...”

Saw Palmetto a treatment
“...It is one of the most well-known and time-honored herbs for prostate problems and it also has a long history as a tonic to help increase male potency, calm the nervous system, aid digestion and build connective tissue...”

Schisandra Berry a treatment
“...Schisandrin is known to stimulate the nervous system, increasing the speed of reflex nervous responses and improving mental clarity...”


...the condition
“...It must be remembered that the nervous system is intimately connected with other bodily systems...”
...relationship to Allergy to Foods (Hidden)
“...In the case of cerebral (brain) allergies (which affect the nervous system), reactions include brain inflammation, irritability, fear, depression, aggression, extreme mood swings in a single day, hyperactivity, and psychosis...”

Senile Dementia

...the condition
“...Causes include ... Parkinson's disease, a degenerative disorder of part of the nervous system...”

Short Bowel Syndrome

...the condition
“...Other complications include ... Vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms such as nervous system problems...”

Silicon / Silica a treatment
“...BRAIN/NERVOUS SYSTEM: Insomnia...”

Sjogren's Syndrome

...the condition
“...When they do, the problem usually involves the peripheral nervous system (PNS), which contains the nerves that control sensation and movement...”

STD Syphilis

...the condition
“...The result can be widespread damage to the heart, brain, eyes, nervous system, bones, and joints, as well as mental illness, blindness, severe damage to the heart and aorta, and death...”

Susceptibility To Hangovers

...recommendation Vitamin B-Complex
“The B-vitamins help to calm and strengthen the nervous system, reduce the toxic effects of alcohol and stop cravings for more.”

Sympathetic Nervous System

...related topic
“Portion of the autonomic nervous system that is generally associated with "flight or fight" reactions by increasing blood circulation and respiration and decreasing digestion.”


...the condition
“...The Tetanus toxins cause no permanent damage to the nervous system and the patient should recover fully...”


...related topic
“...It is essential for the functioning of the nervous system.”

Torticollis (Loxia, "Wryneck")

...the condition
“...In addition, herbs that can help balance the stimulus from the nervous system are often recommended...”

Tourette's Syndrome

...our question about Face twitch, face twitching, facial tic
“In the case of Tourette's syndrome, a neurological disorder that develops in childhood, the muscle twitches known as tics are part of a complex nervous system disease that later involves involuntary actions, such as shoulder shrugs, shouting, or stamping movements.”

Unresolved Chronic Pain

...the condition
“...Chronic symptoms are controlled by the autonomic nervous system, consisting of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system, which may demand long-term care without promise for progress or cure...”

Vegetative Dystonia

...related topic
“Abnormal tissue tonicity resulting from autonomic nervous system dysfunction.”

Vegetative Nervous

...related topic
“Vegetative nervous system: Portion of the nervous system associated with involuntary functions; autonomic nervous system.”

Vinpocetine a treatment
“...concentration, which are neuromodulators found in virtually all autonomic ganglia (the clusters of brain cells that serve as bridges between the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system.)  Vinpocetine improves brain energy and blood supply and has been used as a preventative and a treatment of stroke injury...”

Vitamin B1 Requirement

...the condition
“Alternative names: Thiamine, Thiamin, Aneurin, Betaxin, Thiadoxine Vitamin B1 is needed for release of energy from carbohydrates; aids in functioning of nervous system; helps maintain stomach acidity and normal appetite...”

Vitamin B12 Requirement

...the condition
“...It is needed for ... Nervous system function...”
...our question about Numb/burning/tingling extremities
“If vitamin B12 deficiency becomes pronounced, the nervous system can be affected, causing progressive peripheral neuropathy (tingling of the fingers and toes), muscle weakness, staggering, tenderness in the calves, confusion.”

Vitamin B3 Requirement

...the condition
“...It aids in the functioning of the nervous system; in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins, and also lowers cholesterol...”

Vitamin B6

...related topic
“...It also aids in the function of the nervous system.”

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) a treatment
“...It is required by the nervous system for normal brain function, for the synthesis of RNA and DNA, which contain the genetic instructions for the reproduction of all cells and for normal cellular growth...”

Vitamin B-Complex Requirement

...the condition
“...The B-complex has a wide range of properties, including:- ... B1 (thiamine) – needed for release of energy from carbohydrates; aids in functioning of nervous system; helps maintain stomach acidity and normal appetite...”

Vitamin E Requirement

...the condition
“...The membranes that are most sensitive are the membranes of nerves and therefore the main symptom of vitamin E deficiency is damage to the nervous system.  Vitamin E deficiency should not be a concern for most people, since the vitamin is found in a wide variety of foods...”

Weight Loss a treatment
“...Eating and chewing food slowly will send nervous system signals to the stomach that it is "full" and will assist in weight loss and deter weight gain after dieting, especially if a healthy diet is selected...”
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