Vagus nerve – studies have shown that vagal tone is passed on from mother to child.

The word “vagus” means wandering in Latin. This is a very appropriate name, as the vagus nerve is the longest cranial nerve. It runs all the way from the brain stem to part of the colon.

Researchers have discovered a positive feedback loop between high vagal tone and positive emotions and physical health.

Studies have shown that vagal tone is passed on from mother to child. Mothers who are depressed, anxious or angry during their pregnancy have lower vagal activity. And once they give birth to their child, the new-born also has low vagal activity and low dopamine and serotonin levels.

Role of the Vague Nerve

  • The vagus nerve is the “queen” of the parasympathetic nervous system responsible for rest and digest
  • Helps the body relax
  • Direct communication between the gut and the brain
  • Swallowing
  • Increases gastric juices
  • Calms fight or flight response
  • Reduces inflammation and calms the immune response
  • Helps with breathing
  • Helps with memory
  • Controls heart rate

Symptoms of Vagus Nerve Dysfunction
• Fainting
• Chronic Inflammation
• Inflammatory disorders such as IBD or colitis
• Hoarse, croaky, wheezy voice
• Trouble drinking liquids
• Gag reflex difficulty
• Ear pain
• Unusual heart rate
• Abnormal blood pressure
• Nausea or vomiting
• Decreased production of stomach acid
• Abdominal bloating or pain
• Fluctuations in blood sugar

In the clinic, I work with protocols to support the Vagus nerve, when I see clients who are currently experiencing:
• Digestive complaints that are linked with stress, anxiety
• SIBO and constipation due to its importance with the Migrating Motor Complex (MMC)
• Autoimmune conditions
• High blood pressure
• High stress
• Depression including post-natal depression


Helen's recommendations:

Visit the clinic and book in for an initial consultation BEES Balance!

B – Biochemical

E – Emotional

E – Electrical

S – Structural

Refer to my: SERVICES page for therapy descriptions and then BOOK ONLINE - choose the view more button to see the current availability.

In addition, here are some tips.


Homework for the Vagus Nerve
• Cool showers (unless there is a thyroid imbalance)
• Slow rhythmic breathing
• Meditation
• Yoga
• Singing, chanting, humming, gargling!

If you have any questions – don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly:

Best wishes,




Leave a Comment