Central Nervous System
The nervous system is what keeps everything in your body working in harmony. This allows you to move throughout the world, perform your daily functions, think clearly, and maintain health inside your body. So if you want to prevent a whole host of health conditions and serious diseases, then keeping your nervous system in top shape is essential. Our Central Nervous System formula enlists a host of herbs to address a wide range of issues.
What is the Nervous System?
The nervous system acts as a control center for your body. It is a complex network that carries information between your brain and your body, helping with everything from coordinating the movements of your muscles to telling your heart to stay in rhythm. It controls your sight and other senses, your muscles, the function of your internal organs, and also the way you think, feel, talk, and process the world around you.
The nervous system is made up of the brain and a large network of nerves that are spread throughout the entire body. Nerves rely on chemical messengers called neurotransmitters to communicate with one another and the different parts of the body. That is how they tell each other what to do and how to react to different situations and circumstances.
Introducing the Nervous System
Generally speaking, the nervous system consists of two major systems—the Central Nervous System (CNS) and the Peripheral Nervous System (PNS). The CNS which includes the brain and the spinal cord, is our main command center. It’s what helps us process information and decide how to respond accordingly, whether your body is responding to a stressful week at work or a frightening car accident.
The Peripheral Nervous System encompasses the nerves that branch out from the brain and spinal cord to help your body communicate, as well as all the sensory and motor neurons. Sensory neurons collect information on what we’re feeling and send it to the brain, while motor neurons signal information to the tissues through the transmission of nerve impulses. These neurons are some of the longest living cells in your body; they are irreplaceable and can conceivably live for an entire lifetime. These durable cells need an abundance of nutrition, as much of the food you eat is used as fuel for the brain.
What to do when the wiring system goes haywire.
It is easy for the nervous system to get out of balance. Herbs can assist whether due to injury, inflammation, ongoing stress, oxidative damage, or imbalances in neurotransmitters. An imbalance or damage in the nervous system will result in it not functioning optimally. And when that happens, it impacts both our physical and mental states.
Poor nervous system health is often the root cause of several common conditions, such as:
Cognitive decline, concentration issues, and memory loss
Sleep problems and insomnia
And when left uncorrected serious nervous system disorders can occur, such as:
Traumatic brain injuries
How and Why our Central Nervous System Formula works
We use two categories of herbs to support the nervous system: nervines and adaptogens. Nervines include herbs like valerian, chamomile, and passionflower. These herbs provide acute relief to nervous tension. They are especially helpful when dealing with stress effecting the sympathetic nervous system, a.k.a. “fight-or-flight.”
When you suffer from an over taxed nervous system and need full body support, adaptogens are another useful set of herbal allies. Adaptogens like tulsi, astragalus, and ashwagandha are helpful when taken over time to build stamina and bring your body back into balance. This allows you to better protect your body from the negative effects of stress. Adaptogens were named after the Latin word adaptare—which means to adjust or modify. We like to think that these powerful botanicals aid our response to stress and reduce occasional fatigue from life’s challenges.
Specific herbs that can assist
There are a large number of herbs that can be used to support nervine health. Some are great for protecting your brain and nerves from damage, some help calm things down when you need it, and some keep your mental game sharp.
Valerian root helps calm the nerves when they are overactive. It can do this by affecting levels of neurotransmitters involved in rest and sleep. For example, it increases the amount of a certain neurotransmitter called GABA, which has calming properties.
Chamomile impacts the nervous system in a way that helps support a healthy sleep cycle. Researchers believe that chamomile has certain compounds in it that react with receptors in the brain that regulate our sleep-wake cycle. Chamomile also impacts GABA (a calming neurotransmitter) and can help with relieving anxiety
The ginkgo biloba tree has long been used for medicinal purposes. Ginkgo can be helpful in improving things like anxiety, memory, cognitive function, and more. It may play a role in Alzheimer’s and dementia as well. Ginkgo works by altering levels of neurotransmitters like serotonin and GABA. It also helps by lowering inflammation in the nervous system. This makes it really helpful for boosting nervous system function and preventing deterioration and damage.
FUNCTION: A very beneficial and effective central nervous system formula. Great for Alzheimers, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, and Aneurysms. Supports the central nervous system and the myelin sheaths of the nerves. Central nervous system disorders can affect either the spinal cord (myelopathy) or brain (encephalopathy). Thus, the importance of an organic supplement that blends natural herbs is essential.
Ingredients: Gingko Biloba, Gotu Kola, Periwinkle, Blessed Thistle, Kola Nut, Corydalis, Green Tea, Yerba Mate, Cinnamon, Manjistha, Wild Lettuce, Jatamansi, Brazilian Cocoa, Lavender, Valerian Root, Chamomile, Damiana, (Tulsi) and Cayenne