A newly developed clip-on device on the ear can relieve chronic indigestion by stimulating nerves with a mild electrical current and cutting symptoms by up to 30%, a new study says.
According to the Daily Mail, the clip above targets the ‘vagus nerve’, the body’s longest cranial nerve, which monitors vital body functions, including mind control. status, immune response, digestion, and heart rate. In the past, nerve has also been used to treat high blood pressure and depression.
Mechanism of Clip-on Utility
The process involves implanting a matchbox-sized generator into the chest while connecting this nerve to the nerve where it travels from the chest to the neck. The patient can activate the generator by waving a handheld device over it.
“The device was used to treat 36 patients functional dyspepsiaa form of chronic indigestion, thought to affect 10 to 30 percent of adults at some point in their lives,” said a scientist from Nanjing Medical University, China. know.
Symptoms and causes of functional digestive disorders
Symptoms include stomach pain, bloating, excessive belching or nausea after meals, and an early feeling of fullness when eating. While women appear to be more at risk, common triggers include pain relievers like ibuprofen, smoking, and anxiety or depression.
The scientists attached an electrode to the fold of each ear, just above the ear canal, and a mild electrical current was passed through the nerve for two seconds each, three seconds apart with each session lasting for 30 minutes. , the researchers revealed.
Thereafter, food digestion and anxiety improved by up to 30%, reducing symptoms of bloating, flatulence and nausea, they added.
Furthermore, there were improvements in the way food moved through the digestive system, and the volunteers also reported increased appetite while their depression scores were cut in half.