The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) can be thought of our 'autopilot', which functions to regulate our pulse, respiration's, digestion, and many other functions that we are not aware of.   In a way, it analogous to a computer operating system. If it is not working properly, the computer will be slowed, or may not even start. Similarly, we may experience fatigue, anxiety, and a host of other symptoms when the ANS is not functioning properly. The ANS is made up of the Parasympathetic Nervous System and the Sympathetic Nervous System:

 

 

The Autonomic Nervous System works to respond to various everyday stressor's, such as infections,  toxins, pain, structural imbalances, etc. However, if the ANS has lost its ability to REGULATE, it cannot respond to these threats, nor can a balance be maintained between the Parasympathetic Nervous System and the Sympathetic Nervous Systems. This imbalance is called BLOCKED REGULATION and it represents a DANGEROUS inability to respond adequately to various stressor's. Additionally, it often means that the body is stuck in a fight or flight mode, which does not allow the body to reach a sustained healing state.  The result is chronically elevated levels of CORTISOL, indicating a chronic stress response. If this state is allowed to remain, one is stuck in chronic fight or flight mode, fatigue, and chronic illness will eventually set in. 

 

Unfortunately, due to our modern day stress and an ever increasing amount of toxins in the environment,  many who suffer from chronic illness are in this state of Blocked Regulation-- and aren't even aware of it. The goal is to find what is needed to unblock the ANS so that it can function properly. When the proper balancing remedies are used, the result is a properly functioning Autonomic Nervous System. This allows for less confusion and more harmony in the different systems of the body. Ultimately, this translates into feelings of increased vigor, reduced pain, improved sleep, and overall well-being.