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Have you heard of the Vagus Nerve? For such an important nerve, it is only starting to receive the acknowledgement it deserves.

Dr Camilla Cameron is the only Acupuncturist in Australia who is also trained in Vagus Nerve Stimulation.  All of Camilla’s treatments involve the combination of these powerful modalities.

An overview of the Vagus Nerve:

  • 10th cranial nerve and longest nerve in the body.
  • Connects the brain stem to many organs of the body, including heart, lungs, stomach, large intestine, small intestine, uterus, kidneys, gall bladder, pancreas, spleen, liver, ears and tongue.

How the vagus nerve can lose ‘tone’ and therefore cause a multitude of health issues:

The vagus nerve is negatively impacted by significant physical or emotional trauma and/or viral and bacterial infections. As you can imagine, many, many people have impaired vagus nerve function.

How Transcutaneous Auricular Vagus Nerve Stimulation works:

Transcutaneous = passing, entering, or made by penetration through the skin.
Auricular = of or relating to the ear.

The Vagus Nerve is stimulated by placing TENS machine clips on specific points within the ear that demonstrate Vagus Nerve innervation. Various settings can be used as diagnosed by a trained practitioner. These settings include:

  • Reduction in inflammatory response – used to reduce all symptoms of conditions associated with inflammation.
  • Regulation of intestinal tight junctions – used to to heal Leaky Gut, Crohn’s Disease and most other digestive conditions.
  • Reduction of neural inflammation – used to treat Parkinsons Disease, Alzheimer’s, Depression and Anxiety.
  • Regulation of Atrial Fibriallation

The TENS machine provides a gentle tapping sensation which is utilised for between 10-30mins. An experienced practitioner will find a pateint’s ‘sweet spot’ ie. the right setting or combinations of settings, for the correct amount of time. As with all treatments, every patient is different.

Health conditions Transcutaneous Vagus Nerve Stimulation may help improve or resolve:

  • Depression + Anxiety. All digestive issues – including SIBO, Leaky gut, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, IBS, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Insulin Resistance, general digestive issues, food intollerances.
  • All types of inflammation – including Rheumatoid Arthritis, acute and chronic pain, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, migraine, headache.
  • Hormonal imbalances, fertility delay, endometriosis, PCOS, painful periods.
  • Atrial fibrillation.
  • Post-stroke.

Camilla’s Clinical Experience:

Over the last 18 years I have trained in so many different modalities but absolutely nothing compares to the benefits I have seen (personally and professionally) from the combination of Acupuncture + Vagus Nerve Stimulation. It is mind blowing and I could seriously bore you with the benefits.

I studied this treatment due to the profound health benefits I achieved through Vagus Nerve Stimulation. In 2017 I had a serious case of Influenza A, and could not shake it. 18 months on and I felt my health was irreparably changed and no matter how much treatment I had I never felt like ‘me’ again. Enter Vagus Nerve Stimulation. From the 2nd day after my first treatment I finally felt like myself again. From that point forward I decided training in Vagus Nerve Stimulation was essential to my skills as a practitioner. I have utilised this combination on almost all of my patients since and have seen results I was not sure were possible. Some of the profound changes I have witnessed:

  • Remission of Rheumatoid Arthritis.
  • Remission of severe Ulcerative Colitis.
  • MANY successful pregnancies that appeared unlikely to occur naturally.
  • Significant reduction in many cases of chronic pain.
  • Reduced or eliminated Atrial Fibrillation.
  • Complete reduction in pain associated with endometriosis.
  • Reduction of Anxiety and Depression.
  • Significant reduction of IBS symptoms.
  • Complete reduction of heartburn and reflux.
  • Significant reduction in sinus and allergic rhinitis.
  • Reduction in asthma and eczema.
  • Significant general health improvements.

If you, or anyone else you know, is not seeing the changes they would like to see in their health, I cannot recommend this combination highly enough.

Treatment Time Cost Health fund code
Initial – Camilla 45 mins $150 103
Follow up – Camilla 45 mins $130 203