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5 Easy Ways to Stimulate the Vagus Nerve for Migraine

Last updated: November 2022

More and more research is showing how the vagus nerve affects migraine and nearly every other aspect of our health.1 Medical devices that stimulate the vagus nerve, like gammaCore, have shown evidence to reduce the frequency of migraine and cluster headache.2,3

How does toning the vagus nerve help?

The vagus nerve is the only cranial nerve that leaves the brain and wanders all the way down into your gut and nearly every organ in your abdomen. A toned vagus nerve is vital for increasing your resilience to migraine and stress, improving your mood, and decreasing inflammation, among countless other health benefits.

How long does it take?

It doesn't take long to stimulate the vagus nerve which serves to activate your parasympathetic "rest and digest" response and foster a sense of social connection and joy. In less than five minutes, you can try out five migraine-friendly ways to stimulate the vagus nerve from the comfort of your chair, such as:

  1. Smiling
  2. Ear stimulation
  3. Neck stretches
  4. Lengthening your exhale
  5. Chanting or humming

 

Integrating vagus nerve toning activities like laughing and yoga into your daily life may not only reduce your migraine frequency, but can also enrich your quality of life with more joy and levity.

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