Does vagal nerve stimulation explain mind-body interventions?

13 Mar

In yoga, pranayama means breath regulation, and refers to a set of breathing techniques. The always interesting Dr. Greger has posted a video suggesting that the effects of breathing on the vagus nerve may explain the effectiveness of yogic pranayama and other mind body interventions.

2 Responses to “Does vagal nerve stimulation explain mind-body interventions?”

  1. Kathy H March 13, 2017 at 9:52 am #

    Very interesting. When I breathe deeply, I immediately hiccup one very loud hiccup. I thought I was somehow irritating the phrenic nerve. But if I slow it down and breathe normally as suggested in the video this does not happen!

    • jecgenovese March 14, 2017 at 12:39 pm #

      Interesting, You might try some of the traditional yoga breathing exercises, called pranayama:

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