Slapping the monitor on the side only works so much if I have trouble with my computer. Many times something not functioning well may be reversed restarting the computer. The reset button is common with recent technology. The same thing goes for other electrical devices throughout the house. Most of the time the reset button will correct the problem.
How does this relate to nerves? First of all, look at this article (Vegas). Although this is a cranial nerve (originating in the head), the vagus sends nerve branches to every internal organ and every part of the body through the autonomic nervous system.
The autonomic nervous system consists of a sympathetic side and a parasympathetic component. The sympathetic is involved during periods of stress and serves as a built in survival mechanism. Parasympathetic has to do more with subconscious daily functions such as beating of the heart, breathing, as well as digestion.
A ganglion represents a crossroad of nerves. The sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) is located near the cheekbone is a web of branches from several of the cranial nerves. An injection of local anesthetic into this ganglion can cause a reset of the sympathetic/parasympathetic balance in the entire body. It can be used to break the cycle of severe pain with conditions such as migraines but also affect chronic pain in areas remote from the SPG.
Early on I had a patient who returned about every two weeks for an SPG local anesthetic injection which helped control stem cells were then used to create a long-standing result her chronic migraines. She told me that after a series of the SPG blocks her PTSD went away. Later, following stem cell treatment her migraines became rare
Another patient had chronic low back pain and no response to local injections and he did not like to take narcotics for pain. Surprisingly, pushing the reset button by doing a SPG block can play a part in pain located some distance from the head. It worked here. Remember, the vagus nerve sends branches everywhere.
So that leads to the possibility of using this for traumatic brain injury or stroke. With my background and experience in conventional as well as natural medicine, I try to apply things in an overall picture of health. Stem cells injected into the SPG area have shown good long-standing results which provided actual repair and healing leading to o you been on my list to call you called yesterday relief of pain.
As far as the procedure, it is a straightforward injection above the cheekbone. It can be done as an office procedure. And yes, I’ve had this done myself. It is one of my sacrifices for patients. I was dealing with chronic neck pain from an old football injury. The injection was done with lidocaine which lasts about 20 minutes. After the injection, I felt this feeling of calm similar to drinking a glass of wine. The neck pain was better for two or three days after that. Eventually acupuncture and adjustments provided long-term improvement of the neck.
All of this led to using the SPG injection with stem cells for various types of head and facial pain, Ménière’s disease which affects the ear, strokes, and traumatic brain injury.
I get excited about all these things because many are so simple yet can have a very significant effect on overall health. I like to step outside the box. At the age of 65, I finally feel I am pretty good at this stuff. Observation and listening is an important aspect in my approach with patients.
I would caution you about the analogy of an SPG injection to a reset button. What really happens in humans? I don’t think that this is an instant process but allows parts of your body to reset and work from a new starting point again. In the computer this takes microseconds—but with humans other modalities may be necessary for optimum effect. Here comes good nutrition, supplements, measures to lower chronic inflammation, psychotherapy, medication,…the “human machine” concept or any analogy to a computer system is obviously limited, but it sure gets us into the ballpark. Look at below and compare the human machine to the infrastructure of NYC.
Every day I try to scan some of the lay literature for items of interest. This article about the Vagus nerve, really caught my attention.
So the Vagus comes out of the skull and just keeps going and going and going…
This also led to the use of the SPG block in stem cells for addressing chronic conditions the autonomic nervous system dysfunction.