Sympathetic Nervous System Dysfunction in Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, & Interstitial Cystitis
Continuing on the theme that most chronic disease is caused by an overactive sympathetic (fight, flight, freeze) nervous system and an inability to turn on and keep on the parasympathetic (rest, digest, relax) nervous system. This is pretty much the main goal of the healing work – to help people activate and keep activated this rest, digest, and relax nervous system. The parasympathetic is called the healing state and when we can keep it turned it, it automatically starts to heal and detoxify the body. We don’t have to do anything to try to heal other than turn this system on and let it do its thing to create homeostasis in the body. This wing of the autonomic nervous system carries out a whole host of bodily functions beneath the radar of our conscious perception. The key is tapping into it for healing!!!
This systematic review study looked at data from 196 previous research studies to come up with a consensus finding.
Conclusion: “This review demonstrates that sympathetic nervous system predominance is common in fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, and interstitial cystitis. This concordance raises the possibility that sympathetic dysfunction could be their common underlying pathogenesis that brings on overlapping clinical features.”