by Debbie Ventura
June, 2014: New research linking immune function and the nervous system are stimulating interest in 'bioelectronic medicine' -- activating nerve impulses to regulate immune function in a therapeutic setting.
A new study recently published by the American Physiological Society (Sundman E, Olofsson PS Adv Physiol Educ. 2014 Jun;38(2):135-9.), demonstrates how traditional understanding of the bioenergetic connections in the body is slowly inching toward an integration of quantum biology.
Based on the premise that the nervous system regulates both organ system stability (homeostasis) and the immune system, stimulation of the vagus nerve was shown to alleviate "experimental shock and autoimmune disease" and also improved rheumatoid arthritis symptoms (Sundman). This finding has stimulated interest in the therapeutic use of electrical impulses to activate nervous system regulation of immune function.
Read the abstract here...
On a Bioenergetic Note...
Scientists have known for the last many years that the immune and nervous systems dynamically intersect in the spleen, which manufactures immune cells, and that stimulating the vagus nerve has been shown to have a normalizing effect on the spleen (Science Daily, 2008). From a bioenergetic perspective, the Sundman findings, with regard to alleviating "experimental shock" and autoimmunity through stimulation of this nerve/spleen pathway, correlate to the spleen's energetic function of managing shock processes in the body.