How to Naturally Stimulate Vagus Nerve to Stop Migraines, Inflammation and Depression!

///How to Naturally Stimulate Vagus Nerve to Stop Migraines, Inflammation and Depression!

You may have already heard of the vagus nerve in one of your school biology lessons.

It’s the longest nerve in your body and is found right behind where you feel for your pulse.

One of 12 cranial nerves, this super nerve starts in the brainstem and runs all the way to your abdomen, cutting through your heart, esophagus and your lungs.

Known as “cranial nerve X”, the nerve is part of your involuntary nervous system, the system that directs your unconscious body activity, such as keeping your heart rate stable and ensuring you digest food properly. It tells the body to heal itself, essentially.

The nerve moves around your body (like a vagabone, hence the name) sending out tiny fibres to your organs, such as your heart, lungs, liver, pancreas, and intestines. The vagus nerve is essentially controlling your parasympathetic nervous system, responsible for stimulating your “rest and digest” activities.

But the most interesting thing about the vagus nerve is the new research that has revealed its link with treating chronic inflammation, which can lead to high blood pressure, digestive issues, and migraines. Known as the missing link, the nerve may be able to treat these issues without medication! Here’s how:

Vagal Tone

Vagal tone is the control the vagus nerve has over your heart rate. Recent studies have revealed that vagal tone is important in order to activate the parasympathetic nervous system. By tracking your heart rate in addition to your breathing rate your vagal tone can be measured in a person.

When you breathe in your heart usually speeds up slightly, and when you breathe out your heart rate slows down a little. To determine your vagal tone, you need to establish the difference between your inhalation heart rate and your exhalation heart rate. The bigger the difference, the higher your vagal tone will be.

High or low?

Having a higher vagal tone is a good thing. It means you are more likely to be able to relax your body after suffering from stress more quickly, and your internal systems probably function better, such as:

  • Sugar regulations
  • Reduced risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Better digestion
  • Less migraines
  • Lower depression
  • Less stress and anxiety

Scientists have discovered that the vagus nerve is monitoring and responding to your body. It initiates responses to any inflammation, all of which affects your mood and your ability to cope with your body’s reactions.

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Low vagal tone

If you have a low vagal tone you are more susceptible to heart problems, strokes, diabetes, depression, and inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, lupus, and endometriosis.

However, a number of researchers have discovered that by stimulating the nerve using electrical current you can increase your vagal tone, and improve your resilience to these problems.

However, there are ways you can improve your vagal tone yourself:

1. Hum. It may sound bizarre, but humming stimulates the nerve because it is connected to your vocal chords. Try it!

2. Speak. Speak more and you will raise your vagal tone through your vocal chords.

3. Coldwater. While there is more research to be done on this technique, there has been evidence to suggest that by splashing cold water on your face you stimulate the vagus nerve.

4. Breathe Deeply. Take long, deep breaths and use your diaphragm to stimulate your vagus nerve.

5. Yoga. The relaxed, concentrated breathing practices of yoga can increase to your vagal tone levels.

6. Meditate. A study in 2013 reported that meditation and thinking positive thoughts can have a positive effect on your vagus nerve.

7. Improve gut health. One of the many positives of having a healthy gut is that it increases your vagal tone levels. It works by creating a loop of health from your gut, through the nerve and back. Try probiotics as a healthy bacteria supplement.

Adjust your daily routine to improve your vagal tone and stimulate your vagus nerve, it’s so simple but so effective. It’s time to take control of your nerves!

By Charlotte H.


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By |2018-07-21T17:47:18+00:00December 30th, 2015|Categories: Health & Wellness, Natural Health|Tags: , , , , |112 Comments


  1. Lori Ripple March 4, 2017 at 3:32 pm - Reply


  2. Scott Gibson March 4, 2017 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    Mahala Taylor no more headaches possibly?

  3. Kim Nadeau March 4, 2017 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    It also has to do with seizures

  4. Kathyor Jim Byler March 4, 2017 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    Gonna save this too. Thank you Valerie Allmon

  5. Linsy Ellison March 4, 2017 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    Ohhhhh I can’t wait to read this. Gotta make my coffee first! Lol

  6. Jacki Kissane Elsbury March 4, 2017 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    Josie Wyckoff just another take on what we already believe

  7. Jacki Kissane Elsbury March 4, 2017 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    It’s very simplified but rings true Josie Wyckoff

  8. Deborah York Reiter March 4, 2017 at 4:42 pm - Reply


  9. Angelia Cardenas March 4, 2017 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    Jeremy Cardenas looks like your damaged vagus nerve might be more serious than they have led us to believe

  10. Linsy Ellison March 4, 2017 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    This is great. I do many of those already, when I’m anxious. However, I should do them more frequently to prevent the anxiety in the first place. ❤ thanks for thinking of me

  11. Helena Graham March 4, 2017 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    Jessica Graham worth a read x

  12. Betty Byrd March 4, 2017 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    Kori Nuckolls. This makes sense

  13. Alana Marie Almond March 4, 2017 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    Something for u my Lully – could help ur suffering??? Kimberley xxx

  14. Sarah Connell March 4, 2017 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    Ohhhhh worth a read 🙂

  15. Stephen LaughingBoy Hudecki March 4, 2017 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    Check the 2010 study references:
    Gaia Vince made a BBC Radio 4 programme about this topic, first broadcast in November 2014.

    Kevin Tracey wrote about his work in the March 2015 issue of Scientific American.

    A 2012 review of neural reflexes in inflammation and immunity by Tracey.

    And a 2002 review by Tracey in which he predicts vagal modulation could be used to treat inflammatory disease.

    Barbara Fredrickson and Bethany Kok’s research on positive emotions and vagal tone.

    Plus the links in the comments at the end of the article:

  16. Caroline Ruth March 4, 2017 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    My sister has a vagus nerve stimulator to help control her epilepsy, it’s also known as the wandering nerve.

  17. Janelle Bilcliffe March 4, 2017 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    Sarah … Interesting? Or know this?

    • Sarah McMullan March 4, 2017 at 7:59 pm - Reply

      Funny – they cut mine to stop endo pain. My gastro guy is looking into it to see if its having any effect on that whole mess…

  18. Lindie Weston March 4, 2017 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    I woke up once with a huge pressure in my upper thigh and lower abdomen and had to pee super bad. Turns out my bladder was so full it was pressing on the nerve and when I peed it released the pressure.. I got major nausea tunnel vision and bam woke up on the floor not knowing what happened. Doctor says it usually happens to old men when they pee, I’m a 24 yo female. Fml hahaha

    • Josh Burchard March 5, 2017 at 10:50 am - Reply

      Poor thing

    • Carrie Spence March 6, 2017 at 5:09 am - Reply

      That happened to my ex-H. He kept passing out and was so disoriented that I called an ambulance. The paramedics checked him out and gave the same prognosis as what happened to you. It was scary to witness!

  19. Amy Calitz March 4, 2017 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    Lindsay Carden for your headaches ?

  20. Kevin Allewell March 4, 2017 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    Viva las vagus..

  21. Elizabeth Millar March 4, 2017 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    Shawn Carmichael may be of interest to my lil darlin

  22. Rachel Rivera March 4, 2017 at 8:32 pm - Reply


  23. Jade Bell March 4, 2017 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    Georgia Turner here’s that vagus nerve again

  24. Bill Nipper March 4, 2017 at 8:53 pm - Reply


  25. Edward Travis March 4, 2017 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    I have had luck by massageing my head to stimulate the vagus nerves.And if that don”t work I take two acetaminophens. When I was young I tried placing my head in a vise. Problem there is do not let your wife help if she is mad at you.

  26. Estefania Vargas March 4, 2017 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    Liliam Garzai wonder how accurate this is

  27. Alan Lamb March 4, 2017 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    We were told as children that too much stimulation of the vagus nerve would make us go blind and grow hair on the palms of our hands.

  28. Ryan Shrader March 4, 2017 at 9:24 pm - Reply

    Heather Anderson
    This is where Tosh is off…

  29. Kirsty Pohoiwi March 4, 2017 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    Graceè Chapman stimulate the vagus

  30. Glori G Gylsson March 5, 2017 at 1:20 am - Reply

    Hello, my inhalation raises my heart rate a little but exhalation doesn’t increase any further. In fact it lowers the reading. I am doing this on an Oximeter. Would you say this is a reliable way of monitoring the heart?

  31. Maria Alvarez March 4, 2017 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    wow, had done some research but hadn’t come up with this article, interesting

  32. Karen Winchester March 4, 2017 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    I have a vagus nerve problem. It makes my bills pressure drop to a radical low and I pass out wherever it happens. I have broken a few bones on occasions. Now if I start to feel strange I lie down wherever I am.

  33. Grazzle Loops March 4, 2017 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    This was a really interesting read, I havent hummed in years

  34. Jai Dotti March 4, 2017 at 10:58 pm - Reply

    I’m humming now lolll

  35. Rick Reynolds March 4, 2017 at 11:03 pm - Reply

    What happens in Vagus stays in Vagus.

  36. Cara Montgomery March 4, 2017 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    Did you see the article. About vegas nerve & blood pressure?

  37. Bill Nipper March 4, 2017 at 11:13 pm - Reply


  38. Grazzle Loops March 4, 2017 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    Lol I was humming too

  39. Heather Clemons March 4, 2017 at 11:19 pm - Reply


  40. Mariette De Meijer March 4, 2017 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    My vagus nerve is ruinend during operation….

  41. Toni Warner March 4, 2017 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    Very interesting

  42. Di Jackson March 4, 2017 at 11:55 pm - Reply

    Vicky Flynn thought this might interest you with the migraines but xx

  43. Erik Lindquist March 5, 2017 at 12:32 am - Reply

    Good looks dude

  44. Erik Lindquist March 5, 2017 at 12:32 am - Reply

    All I do is stimulate vagus

  45. Madeleine Sinclaire March 5, 2017 at 1:23 am - Reply

    Brooke Ashley Hughes

  46. Danielle Francois March 5, 2017 at 1:29 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing.

  47. Anthony LoCicero March 5, 2017 at 2:00 am - Reply

    Makes sense considering that the Vagus nerve innervates the Functions of the Digestive System via stimulating the parietal cell and the gastric cell.

  48. Jillian Westphal March 5, 2017 at 3:32 am - Reply

    Jenna Barnes worth looking into!

  49. Brianna Elyse Woods March 5, 2017 at 3:46 am - Reply

    Me reading

  50. Brianna Elyse Woods March 5, 2017 at 3:48 am - Reply


  51. Jeff Woods March 5, 2017 at 3:49 am - Reply

    Figured I’d share to tou

  52. Amber Healy March 5, 2017 at 3:53 am - Reply

    Going to look into this

  53. Jennifer Hughes March 5, 2017 at 4:17 am - Reply

    Thanks very interesting!!

  54. Frank Cordova March 5, 2017 at 5:12 am - Reply


  55. Christine Fasano March 5, 2017 at 5:22 am - Reply

    Very interesting steph, thank you

  56. Leah Ullom Reynolds March 5, 2017 at 5:34 am - Reply

    Omg the first time I saw an image of that nerve I thought “well that’s what is hurting when I have a migraine!”

  57. Eric Simmons March 5, 2017 at 6:04 am - Reply

    No more headaches ever from vagal inhibition.

  58. Amy Richardson March 5, 2017 at 6:08 am - Reply

    This one particular nerve is responsible for many many many issues.

  59. Helen Butterworth March 5, 2017 at 6:47 am - Reply

    Wow- Tiffany Butterworth

  60. Arti Wagh Sharma March 5, 2017 at 6:49 am - Reply

    Thank you Neeta. Useful information.

  61. Molly Hurditch March 5, 2017 at 7:05 am - Reply

    Gemma Hunter no wonder you love to chant

  62. James Willner March 5, 2017 at 7:16 am - Reply

    Only read the ‘front page’ but this looks interesting Patti Willner

  63. Denise Briceno West March 5, 2017 at 7:41 am - Reply

    Jennifer Eckert Toler. Interesting…just in case you haven’t seen this. You see EVERYTHING : )

  64. Nayantara Kulkarni March 5, 2017 at 7:45 am - Reply

    Thanks Arti Wagh Sharma. Very good information

  65. Charissa Krasnow March 5, 2017 at 7:57 am - Reply

    I have gastroparesis which means I don’t digest food properly and it causes very frequent vomiting and nausea. It is truly debilitating and they say it is caused by my vagus nerve not working. Just wondering if anyone else has this?? It is pretty rare but I’ve noticed I have every symptom (health issue) listed in the article. Can you stimulate a paralyzed nerve?

  66. Alex Claire March 5, 2017 at 8:31 am - Reply

    Yoga massages the vagus nerve! In just 2 weeks of doing traditional Hath yoga for 2 hours everyday you will see a difference!

  67. J Ames Marsh March 5, 2017 at 9:00 am - Reply

    Might help ur headache Becky Ellis x

  68. Kelly McCleery March 5, 2017 at 9:08 am - Reply

    Interesting must give it a read thanks xx

  69. Anna Carol Jensen March 5, 2017 at 9:15 am - Reply

    Jane Simmons Prisk don’t know if this will help? Maybe worth a read xx

  70. Wendy Aldred March 5, 2017 at 9:47 am - Reply

    Holly Aldred have a read

  71. Tricia Carter March 5, 2017 at 11:39 am - Reply

    Mikel Reed-Williams..interesting read

  72. Dawn Braithwaite March 5, 2017 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    Good input thanx

  73. Cherie Perusse March 5, 2017 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    Michele Marie Jackson hope doin ok.

  74. Annik Sabourin-Yee March 5, 2017 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    Carrie, Pam, Rosemary, Leanne
    A really good article

  75. Gina Markiel March 5, 2017 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    Interesting article

  76. John H. Romero March 5, 2017 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    Zachary Schneider comments have good/more information as well.

  77. Kim Lind March 5, 2017 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    Dani Bailey have you read up on this? interesting…

  78. Jaki Armstrong March 5, 2017 at 3:23 pm - Reply


  79. Brandi Tabaldo March 5, 2017 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    I’ll have to try that out

  80. Rayna Bee March 5, 2017 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    This is great thanks Gopi!

  81. Brandi Tabaldo March 5, 2017 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    Wait…. I talk all the time, it doesn’t help

  82. Julia Eden March 5, 2017 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    Aren’t our bodies amazing?!

  83. Ferisha Mohammed-Williams March 6, 2017 at 3:19 am - Reply

    Naomi Ali…see if this can help

  84. Lenise Dozier March 6, 2017 at 4:51 am - Reply

    I have been suffering from ‘Phantom Nausea’ for 13 months and I can not figure out why! Had an EGD…nothing showed up….I call mine ‘episodes’. I can feel my blood pressure dropping, I have to sit down and put my head low, the nausea comes whenever it wants to and it lasts as long as a Labor Contraction.
    I do not vomit, I just have SEVERE nausea, it is painful…
    Is this POTS?

  85. Debbi Harry March 6, 2017 at 10:35 am - Reply

    Marnie look what popped up in my feed – my friend the vagus nerve.

  86. Silvia Gill March 6, 2017 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    Wow, amazing…and Yoga again…Yoga, Breathing & Mediatation…OOoooommmmm 🙂 XX

  87. Armin Trgo March 6, 2017 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    Amina Zejnilović might be useful ☺️

  88. Munira Patel August 6, 2017 at 12:38 pm - Reply


  89. Susan Lan August 6, 2017 at 4:49 pm - Reply


  90. Jeni Spice August 6, 2017 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    Interesting reading. I’m humming as I type… x

  91. Pat Buckley August 6, 2017 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    I thought men didn’t have vagus nerves. 🙂

  92. Karen Mercier August 6, 2017 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    Rachel Whitaker c how u go w your vagus nerve

  93. Ralph Wladyslaw Bielski August 6, 2017 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    Yeah smoke pot…

  94. Katie Atkins August 6, 2017 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    I’m gunna start doing yoga and hopefully it improves. I have a cyst in my left sinus pocket so a lot of my migraines are from that and my appointment to have it looked at isn’t until October ‍♀️

  95. Shelby Tayla August 6, 2017 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    Oh babe that would be so painful 🙁 sinus shit sucks so much let alone adding migranes too it

  96. Katie Atkins August 6, 2017 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    i reckon!! Haha oh well it will be gone soon enough

  97. Alyssa Schultz-Van Etten August 6, 2017 at 11:43 pm - Reply

    It works! That and eating real food lol

  98. Debra Kinsel Hurst August 7, 2017 at 12:52 am - Reply

    Thank you!

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