The Vagus Nerve & Anxiety: Strategies For Calming Your Mind & Body

By Dr. Nicole Cain ND, MA
Apr 26, 2023
1:33 pm

If you’re looking for strategies for anxiety with lasting results, consider vagus nerve stimulation to relax and soothe your distress. The Federal Drug and Alcohol Administration (FDA) has approved this procedure in cases where traditional anxiety treatment hasn’t worked.

What Is The Vagus Nerve?

The vagus nerve travels from the brain stem through your neck, chest, and abdomen, earning it the nickname of the “wandering nerve.” It bridges the communication gap between the organs, digestive system, and brain. It also plays an essential role in mood regulation and the following functions:

How Does The Vagus Nerve Affect Anxiety?

As part of the vagus nerve’s functionality and gut-brain communication, it serves a central role in mood regulation. There are several types of vagus nerve reset techniques you can try at home, including:

How Does Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) Work?

Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) uses electrical impulses to soothe your irritated nerve. It uses an implanted device under your skin, and a wire connects directly to the nerve. This may ease the symptoms resulting from your anxiety triggers.

Does VNS Hurt?

The VNS device sends electrical signals to the nerve. For most people, it’s not painful. However, the electrical impulses may cause tingling in your throat or neck. Our staff carefully explains potential side effects that may arise.

Are There Any Side Effects?

As with any other procedure, vagus nerve stimulation may result in specific side effects. This may include coughing, hoarseness, and shortness of breath. Be sure to ask Dr. Cain about how this procedure may impact you.

Is The VNS Procedure Safe?

The short answer is yes. The nerve tolerates therapy well, resulting in a low-risk, high-reward solution to your anxiety symptoms.


This article is for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. Whenever considering changing your protocol whether it includes a change of medications, supplements, diet or lifestyle, always speak with your primary care physician first.

Dr. Nicole Cain is an advocate for empowering people around the world to help themselves via her educational free resources, online courses, and membership group. You can receive the tools you need to find the root cause of your symptoms and feel healthy again.