Autonomic Nervous System

The autonomic nervous system has 2 branches: the sympathetic nervous system and parasympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system is considered as “fight or flight” system, while the parasympathetic nervous system is considered as “rest and digest” or “feed and breed” system. In many cases, both of these systems have “opposite” actions where one system activates a physiological response and the other inhibits it. Nowadays having a fast paced life can lead easily to an imbalance of the ANS. This is because we usually hyperactivate the symphatetic system not giving enough body/mind rest, so we fail to have a balance with the parasymphatetic one. In fact  several conditions such as Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Sleep Disorders, Arthritis etc. seem to be  related to this imbalance.

Common findings in this imbalanced situation are:

  • Muscles pain(which does not get relief with the normal therapies)
  • General muscles tightness
  • Sleep Disorders(difficulty to fall asleep, waking up in the night, waking up tired in the day)
  • Lack of energy(feeling sleepy, lack of will to do the things)
  • Symptoms of depression/Low mood/Mood dysregulation
  • Flushes
  • Visceral symptoms
  • Tinnitus/Dizziness/Headaches
To assess ANS (Autonomic Nervous System)we use a questionnaire mainly based on the COMPASS 31, in order to evaluate the progress along the treatment. If you are still unsure, fill the form and ask for a free advice.

References:

Sakatani K.(2010), Effects of acupuncture on autonomic nervous function and prefrontal cortex activity.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17718643

Doi: 10.1007/978-1-4419-1241-1_65.

Qian-Qian Li et al.(2013), Acupuncture Effect and Central Autonomic Regulation

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3677642/

doi: 10.1155/2013/267959

David M. Sletten et al.,(2012), COMPASS 31: A Refined and Abbreviated Composite Autonomic Symptom Score

doi: 10.1016/j.mayocp.2012.10.013

Trinder J., (2001), Autonomic activity during human sleep as a function of time and sleep stage

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11903855

https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2869.2001.00263.x