How Important Is Your Nervous System?
Everyone has a nervous system and you probably know it is important but that might be the extent of what you know about it. Your nervous system is comprised of nerves that send signals to your cells, glands, and muscles throughout your body and controls most functions of your body including your movements, thoughts, memory, breathing, sleep, bodily healing, brain function, five senses, mental health, digestion, heartbeat, stress response, and even puberty. Needless to say, optimizing your nervous system health is very important for living a healthy life. When your nervous system is compromised in some way, there can be a cascade of effects throughout your body, even if the injury or problem is localized.
What Impacts Your Nervous System Health?
Your nervous system health can be impacted by things like disease, injury, stroke, substance abuse, nerve damage, and more. It also tends to decline as we age. Common symptoms of nervous system disorders or problems include headaches, tingling sensations, loss of feeling, weakness, double vision or other vision problems, memory loss, lack of coordination, impaired mental ability, mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, and more.
You Can Naturally Support and Treat Your Nervous System
If you suspect you are experiencing nervous system problems it is important to consult your physician right away. Your course of treatment will be highly individualized based on your unique needs. Herbal remedies and adaptogens are often used to naturally support your nervous system and/or treat nervous system disorders. Some natural herbal and adaptogenic remedies commonly used include ashwagandha, valerian root, lemon balm, Rhodiola, passionflower, Ginko Biloba, chamomile, holy basil, skullcap, St. John’s Wort, L-Theanine, hops, catnip, oat tops, ginseng, and more.
Whether you are experiencing nervous system problems or you simply want to support your nervous system for better health, there are natural ways to do so. When left untreated, a damaged nervous system will ultimately cause damage to your body’s tissues and systems. Herbal remedies and adaptogens are powerful tools in treating and supporting your nervous system, but they are only one component and there are other ways to support your nervous system such as meditation or prayer, a warm bath, eating a good healthy meal, reducing your stress through relaxing activities. Let your nervous system can experience the rest and healing it needs with natural nervous system support guided by a naturopathic physician.