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Transcutaneous Vagus Nerve Stimulation (ta-VNS) in Dartmouth, Halifax

What is Vagus Nerve Stimulation?

Brain Neurons
Vagus Nerve Stimulation is a new and exciting treatment for medical and psychiatric conditions. The vagus nerve is the longest cranial nerve, wandering from the brainstem to the organs. Stimulating the vagus nerve shuts off inflammatory activity within the cells of the organs and brain, which helps with immunity and overall function of the body.

The ta-VNS is a non-invasive form of VNS where the outer ear is stimulated on a specific area of skin that’s innervated by the vagus nerve. Gentle stimulation of that skin has been found to produce similar brain activation as a surgical implant (Kraus 2007, Dietrich 2008).

This drug-free procedure is non-invasive and pain free and can provide relief for many conditions. Transcutaneous Vagus Nerve Stimulation increases the function in the way parts of the brain connect and communicate. The stimulation decreases heart rate, blood pressure and inflammation, and increases the secretion of anti-stress hormones such as acetycholine, prolactin, vasopression, oxytocin and growth hormone. It improves heart rate variability and stimulates serotonin and dopamine production.

How can it help?

Transcutaneous Vagus Nerve Stimulation can treat:

    • Atrial Fibrillation (Stavrakis 2015, Yu 2013)
    • Depression (Hein 2013, Aaronson 2013)
    • Dementia (Polak 2006)
    • Endotoxemia (Huston 2007, Schmidt 2008)
    • Memory (Jacobs 2014 2015)
    • Atherosclerosis – Myocardial Infarction (Wang 2015)
    • Chronic Migraine Headache (Straube 2015)
    • Acute Migraine (Goadsby 2014)
    • Cluster Headache (Gaul 2014, Nesbitt 2013)
  • Pain – acute and chronic (Laqua 2014, Busch 2013)
  • Postoperative Cognitive Dysfunction (POCD) (Xiong 2009)
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain (Napadow 2012)
  • Tinnitus (Li 2015, Hyvarinen 2015, Kreuzer 2014, Kreuzer 2015)
  • Acute Asthma (Mehmed 2015)
  • Schizophrenia (Hasan 2015)
  • Stroke (Cai 2014)
  • IBS-IBD (Huston 2013)
  • Arthritis (Shimizu Bassi 2017)
  • Auto immunune inflammatory diseases: rheumatoid arthritis (Huston 2013)
  • Diabetes –Type II (Huang 2014, Li 2015, Meyers 2016)

Kinesis Health Associates is currently the only clinic in Nova Scotia offering this non-invasive service. Discover the benefits of ta-VNS yourself by scheduling a free 15-minute no obligation consultation.


Kinesis Health Associates | (902) 464-2225