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Acupuncture

How does acupuncture affect the vagus nerve?

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  • AMichael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answered
    Acupuncture causes measurable increases in vagus nerve activity, so it is at least theoretically possible that these electrical circuits can reduce the inflammatory response by calming down aggressive white blood cells and the cytokine chemicals they release.

    Meditation, hypnosis, biofeedback, and relaxation therapies, which have been advocated for treatment of inflammation, may calm you by stimulating vagus nerve activity as well.
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