The nervous system is similar to a communication network with the brain acting like the central computer. The brain sends and receives information via the nerves when they are stimulated. The body needs information from the outside world to keep what is within the body in excellent working order. Sometimes the body registers "pain". That is when the body has been injured or is out of balance. One of the most important functions of the nervous system is to keep us informed, so that we can take care of any illnesses or injuries before they become disabling.
The nervous system has two parts: the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. The central nervous system is comprised of the brain and spinal cord. The peripheral nervous system is the network of nerves found throughout the body. It penetrates every tissue of the body and is composed of almost 30 billion nerve cells. All of our senses are part of the nervous system and its network. Information about our body's health and about our external environment is regularly transmitted to the brain through nerve impulses.
The nervous system basically sends two types of messages: one is to activate and the other is to relax. Some of the messages are automatic, including the heart beat, breathing, and digestion. Some are voluntary, including eating and running.
The nervous system can be impaired by continued stressful situations in our daily lives. Even extremely positive situations like a wedding or a party can cause stress and therefore can cause the nervous system to overwork. Since the nervous system does not distinguish between a physical threat and an emotional one, it signals "DANGER" and the body goes into the flight-or-fight response. That is: assisted by the glandular system, stress produces hormones which cause a chemical reaction that influences the heart, nervous system and other parts of the body. Continued and/or prolonged stress increase the metabolic process and decreases our nutrient supply. Certain nutrients, especially Vitamins C and B-complex, are water-soluble and are used up quickly. If these vitamins are not replenished daily, the body begins to deteriorate. STRESS IS A MAJOR KILLER!
NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS FOR THE NERVOUS SYSTEM
B-COMPLEX - B-complex vitamins are meant to work with each other for optimum results. They are also water-soluble, so that they need to be replaced every day. The B vitamins release energy from foods, aid in energy metabolism, prevent depression and mental confusion, assist in the formation of hormones, assist in fatty acid formulation, protect nerve sheaths and aid in the transmission of nerve impulses. (Be sure to purchase yeast-free B-complex in capsules.)
VITAMIN C - produces collagen, which is important for the myelin sheath around the nerve cells, and increases the absorption of the B vitamins.
HERBS for the NERVOUS SYSTEM
Chamomile - one of the oldest western herbs for the nutritional support of the nervous system. Even babies can benefit from it.
Gotu Kola - has been called "Brain Food" and helps mental clarity and energy.
Hops - promotes sleep and calms restlessness.
Passion Flower - supports the relaxation center of the nervous system.
Scullcap - nutritionally strengthens the nerves and the whole nervous system.
Valerian - contains a volatile oil, which has been used for centuries as a nutritional aid for the central nervous system.
Wood Betony - nutritionally supports the nervous system.
HOMEOPATHICS for the NERVOUS SYSTEM
Aconite - sudden panic, terror or shock.
Arnica Montana - seeing something frightening or shocking.
Chamomilla – calming; also for babies.
Calcarea Carb. - anxiety.
Gelsemium - extreme fear ("paralyzed by fear").
Ignatia - over-sensitive, sighing, fear, grief.
Rescue Remedy (Bach Flower Remedy) - general nervousness.
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