The brain governs respiration, nerves that branch out from the brain also stimulate the heart which also stimulate circulation and in return balances mental activity and emotions.
Anxiety will occur when these connections are blocked or overstimulated and change the healthy balance between the connections.
Anxiety, insomnia and constipation are symptoms of the imbalances in the nerves that control the brain,heart,the spinal cord and the large intestines.
Electricity that runs down the nerve pathways in a state of fight or flight directly affects the normal function of the emotional balance, the heart health and normal bowel function.
According to Ayurveda, certain body types are more prone to this imbalance. This is a body type that exhibits a fast metabolic rate, a thin body frame, and a person with a fast thinking pattern called the vata body type. This body type is prone to anxiety, insomnia and constipation and points to nervous system imbalance.
These symptoms are also caused in other body types that can also be caused by digestive origins or immunity origins however the nervous system is always involved and primary.
That is why Ayurveda recommends natural medicine remedies with fruits, vegetables, and spices to rebalance the nervous system.
Not just foods, but also adhering to the daily routine that supports each individual’s unique body type according to their mind-body constitution.
Do you have a lack of smell or taste? Do you ever get a weird pain in the ears that just goes away? Or do you have ringing in the ears? If yes is the answer then that is another sign the brain and nerves that branch out eventually affecting the large intestines (constipation) are over-stimulated or under-stimulated.
Detoxification is a popular and well known principle that is used to bring a person back to vitality. Anxiety, insomnia and constipation indicate that you need to detox your nerves specifically and of course this will affect your digestive system and immune indirectly. Ayurveda has evidenced based time-tested systems to detox nervous system.
The nerves directly affect digestion, absorption, and assimilation and in return control bowel movements, intestines secretions and enzymes. Ayurveda detoxification uses herbs, spices and fasting to restore bowel peristalsis (bowel movements). This is why nerve detoxification helps anxiety, insomnia and constipation.
Constipation is a symptom of increased stimulation at the level of the nerve transmitter known as the celiac plexus. Celiac plexus is referrred to as the brain in the gut.
When this transmitter is flooded with electricity from a mind-brain that is experiencing anxiety, exhausted by insomnia, or stressed by constipation just to name a few possible states, then the brain in the gut is also overstimulated.
The stomach is very close to the celiac plexus. The stomach has many nerves that branch right off the celiac plexus so that intense electrical charge stimulates the sac of the stomach and makes it churn fast and increases gastric juices even if it doesn’t have food in it.
This results in the small intestines and eventually the large intestines literally drying out and getting too much acid in the smooth muscle of the intestinal walls and creating impaction and putrefation. Ayurveda science teaches this is due first and foremost from an overstimulation of the nervous system.
This is one of the links between the nervous system and constipation. In Ayurveda we call it a vata imbalance.