Introduction to the Nervous Systems
Your nervous system is an amazing and complex system. It is the information highway of the body, which means it serves as the communication network allowing different parts of the body to interact and coordinate their functions.
The nervous system (or systems as we refer to it because of its multiple branches) controls and regulates various bodily processes such as movement, sensation, thought, and emotion. We would not be able to respond to stimuli or carry out necessary functions without it!
This article reviews several common nervous system issues and demonstrates how a basic herbal detoxification protocol can be customized at any time during the cleansing process to address nervous system weaknesses.
Nervous Systems Protocols
The nervous systems are connected to every organ system and physiological function of the human body. Consider what you have learned so far and the fact that, as complex as the body’s functions may be, the solution to achieving your best health is as simple as detoxifying the body as a whole. Because the body’s systems operate synergistically, a physiological function in one body system cannot occur without the assistance of another.
When the components of the nervous system suffer due to weakness and acidosis, we may feel physical, mental and emotional effects in a variety of ways due to its interactions with other body systems and impact on organ function. Recall that what we eat, drink, breathe and absorb all contribute to the state of our body’s cells. Our cells begin to fail in their function as toxicity and acidosis sets in. The body cannot regenerate in a toxic environment, so we need to create an environment for our bodies to thrive. This means a diet of 100% raw fruits and veggies – energizing, whole foods that your nervous system needs!
Take into consideration other systemic weaknesses in the body that may be sending you signals. Some common neurological imbalances will be discussed with basic herbal formula recommendations that can assist in building a more personalized protocol based on individual needs and body system weaknesses.
The suggestion of Tincture, Glycerin or Capsule can be adjusted to personal preference where an alternate form is available.
Before we get into formulas and protocols, we’d like to take a moment to encourage you to talk to your doctor before beginning any nervous system protocol, especially since many nervous system responses can be the symptoms of some greater issue.
The following protocols have been designed by Dr Morse and used to support many folks on their healing journey. However, they are only recommendations and should be taken into account alongside recommendations from a doctor.
Remember that a successful detoxification protocol starts with a strong foundation. Be self-aware and be attentive to what you bring into your body. Recall our foundational formulas for any herbal protocol: a GI formula, a Kidneys & Bladder formula, a Lymphatic System formula and a formula to support a component of the endocrine system, such as the Endocrine Daily formula.
Don’t forget the importance of appropriate food choices and proper food combining!
FORMULA FAVORITES FOR NERVOUS SYSTEM PROTOCOLS
A NOTE ABOUT THE BRAIN & NERVOUS SYSTEMS FORMULA
The Brain & Nervous Systems formula will be recommended in every protocol that follows because its superior herbal formulation supports healthy nervous system function. The Brain & Nervous Systems formula can be added to any protocol at any time. The protocols that follow will provide you with a glimpse into developing protocol pairings utilizing this formula as you work toward the root cause of your health issues by improving lymph flow, enhancing kidney filtration and supporting other vital systems in the body.*
STRESS AND TENSION*
In our Adaptogens for Stress Support blog we discuss our personal responses to stress and how adaptogens can help. Part of the process in identifying our personal relationship with stress involves assessing our areas of physical weakness. Stress impacts our entire body leading to unpleasant discomfort, such as headaches and gastrointestinal distress. Today we will focus on the stress and tension relationship with the nervous system and the best protocol to support the body in cases such as these.
TINGLING AND LOSS OF FEELING*
Tingling and loss of feeling in the extremities or other areas of the body result from damage to nerves or from compression on the nerves by aggravated tissues due to acidosis. Poor circulation, natural immune responses and nutrient absorption issues that are also a result of acidosis can manifest these uncomfortable sensations. A raw food diet is essential to set the stage for a regenerative environment. The addition of Happy Caps to a protocol in these situations provides added support to both the nervous and endocrine systems.
The brain is particularly important in our memory and cognitive functions. Neurons are an essential building block of the nervous system, and they communicate with each other across synapses as a basis for memory formation and cognitive processes. New connections between neurons are made continuously the more we learn. This communication is also supported through chemical messengers, like neurotransmitters, to regulate other cognitive processes. Think of how many new connections you have made in your brain after our last webinar! The following is one example of a protocol that provides support to a significant source of neurotransmitters (the adrenals) and the master gland (the pituitary) for its connection to the hypothalamus as part of the nervous system.
By viewing this presentation, you are engaging what is arguably the most complex of the five senses. Your eyes capture visual information which is then transmitted to the brain through the optic nerves for processing and interpretation. Your eye is an organ made up of tissues that can be affected by acidosis just as any other area of the body. Enhance the neuroendocrine connection, and clean and strengthen these tissues by supporting all the crucial processes for detoxification, such as moving lymph, draining the sinuses, and supporting elimination in the kidneys, skin and bowels. And, of course, adding the Eye Health formula into your routine! The Eye Health formula can be taken internally to support the health of the eyes.
*FDA warning: This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.