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Gut-Brain Axis

Published on Saturday, February 20th, 2021 02:27:36 PM

Gut-Brain Axis

Published on Saturday, February 20th, 2021 02:27:36 PM


The gut-brain- axis is defined as a two-way communication system: intestinal microbes communicate with the brain and vice versa. The central nervous system (brain & spinal cord) regulates the autonomic nervous system ( muscles of internal organs & glands) input indirectly, modulating the microbial environment in the gut as well as the body's immune response.


Secondly, the gut microbiota can interact with the brain indirectly via gut-derived metabolites by acting on afferent vagal and/or spinal nerve endings (information super highways), or directly via microbe-generated signals which act on enteroendocrine cells.


The neuroendocrine signaling network mediated by the HPA (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal) axis, communicates with the thymus and spleen,  inhibiting various immune activities. The immune system can also signal the CNS regarding the presence of foreign antigens in peripheral organs. This central integrative system is mandatory for the successful physiological adaptation of our organism to different stressors


This on a very basic level is what acupuncture does: connects the brain & body, transforms & transports the energy we breathe in as well as the energy we eat & reduces the inflammatory state stress produces. In TCM the Spleen channel & the vagal nerve are parallel-when we work on the channel we positively effect the nerve


Acupuncture corrects digestive issues from constipation to ulcerative colitis & any inflammatory digestive issue in between when we identify & treat the pattern. Pharmaceutical benefits are enhanced with acupuncture in treating the gut. The emotional-psychological response to the gut-brain axis can also treated with specific points & protocols, foods & formulas


For sample research highlight & right click

https://psychscenehub.com/psychinsights/the-simplified-guide-to-the-gut-brain-axis/


For a Western point of view on acupuncture highlight & right click
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/1534735407305892