Contraindications to VNS Therapy

Botox & Mercury

The relaxation response of the vagus nerve after stimulation:

The vagus nerve tells the body to calm down by releasing acetylcholine. This chemical prompts a number of other chemicals like oxytocin, vasopressin, and prolactin to be secreted. As a result: heart rate slows down, breathing calms, you feel more able to bond and connect with others, digestion is stimulated and muscles relax. Mercury in teeth fillings and in the environment, plus Botox block or inhibit acetylcholine.

Quoted from “Vagus Nerve Method, Workshop Manual” Kim Dowdell

VNS Therapy should not be used in people who have had a vagotomy. Those already using a VNS therapy implant. 

During Pregnancy