Ultrasound Vagus Nerve Stimulation: A New Treatment Option for People Living with PTSD
What is the Vagus Nerve?
The Vagus Nerve, or the ‘wandering’ nerve from its latin roots, wanders the body. The nerve runs through the neck, chest, heart, lungs and digestive systems and is responsible for the parasympathetic or ‘rest’ functions of the body. The vagus nerve even has branches in your ear called the ‘auricular’ branches.*
Our technology has a dual mechanism of action. We can rebalance the out of whack parasympathetic and sympathetic systems that the vagus nerve plays a key role in. At the same time we can use the Vagus Nerve as a gateway to the brain and rebalance cortisol levels.
Impact of the Vagus Nerve
- The Vagus Nerve is the X cranial nerve and interfaces directly with the brain.
- The Vagus Nerve is greatly involved in our parasympathetic or ‘rest’ system.
- When our parasympathetic or ‘rest’ system is not working properly symptoms such as sensitivity, anxiety, concentration problems, and mood swings may arise.
- We can stimulate and activate the Vagus Nerve with using ultrasound waves.
What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
PTSD is a serious mental health condition that can cause a range of debilitating symptoms, including flashbacks, nightmares, emotional numbness, and hyperarousal. Traditional treatments, such as medication and psychotherapy, can often help to reduce symptoms, but they can be limited in their effectiveness.
Understanding How uVNS
Can Help Those with PTSD
Using low–intensity ultrasound waves to target the vagus nerve, PTSD symptoms can be alleviated by decreasing the body’s stress response and increasing its resistance to stress.
Our device can provide relief by rebalancing your fight or flight response and decreasing some symptoms of PTSD.
The auricular branch of the vagus nerve only targets afferent fibers, sending ultrasound waves directly to the brain completely non-invasively.
No Side Effects
Unlike pharmaceuticals with high levels of side effects; no study using uVNS has ever reported a significant adverse side effect of therapy.