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Nervous System
The Communications Network

The nervous system can be compared to a city communication network that is linked to a central computer. The computer relays signals from within the system, as well as from other cities.

In the same way, our body's nervous system provides a vital communication link between our internal and external worlds. The sense organs of the nervous system receive external information and relay it to the brain. There it is sorted, prioritized, and passed to organs, tissues and cells so they can adapt to changes in both environments.

The nervous system is composed of two parts: the central and the peripheral system. The central system is the brain and spinal cord, both made up of nerve fibers. The peripheral system is the network of nerves throughout the body.

The nervous system penetrates every tissue of the body, just as the circulatory system does. It is composed of 28 billion neurons, or nerve cells. These cells are our communication specialists and messages are transmitted by electrical signals.

All of our senses?vision, hearing, smell, taste, and touch?are a vital part of the nervous system network. They rely upon mechanical, chemical and electrical processes in order to sense the body's condition and environment. That information is then transmitted to the brain via nerve impulses.

The Brain and Upper Central Nervous System
Our body's nervous system provides the vital communication lines between the external world and our internal world.

The Communication Process

The Nervous System reaches to all parts of the body

The nervous system communicates two basic types of messages: one is to activate, the other is to relax. Some of its actions are automatic (i.e., the heartbeat, breathing, and digestion) and some are voluntary (i.e., eating, drinking and walking).

In addition to influencing the physical functions of our body, the nervous system also influences how we act or react to stress. The fight or flight response is a good example. This is a hormonally stimulated state to prepare the body for an upcoming challenge.

Chemical reactions influence the heart, nervous system, muscles and other areas of the body. We need to supply this system with good food so that our nerves can accurately communicate and handle the various stresses to which they are constantly exposed.

A Nerve Cell
The nervous system works electro-chemically. Tiny impulses, or currents, pass along the fibers without the fiber moving, changing color, or altering appearance in any manner.

The current is generated through millisecond exchanges of charged potassium and sodium particles across nerve cell membranes.


Stress: A Major Factor in Nervous System Health

Stress is a factor in every life, and the degree to which it affects us negatively is largely determined by how we react to the stressors around us.

Even though everyday hassles may seem minor, researcher Dr. Richard Lazarus found that in combination they can have a bigger impact on our health than traumatic events such as death, major illness, or financial difficulties.

Our nervous system doesn?t differentiate between a physical threat and an emotional threat. Thus, screaming kids, a critical boss, unpaid bills, traffic jams, missed deadlines, and a host of other mental/emotional crises can be perceived by our nervous system as a form of danger. These situations can also evoke our fight/flight response. This defense mechanism can damage our health when it is constantly evoked unnecessarily and the energy released by it is not dispelled by fighting or fleeing.

Prolonged emotional stress can lead to a breakdown of health. Evidence shows that we may not be doing so well in handling stress. It has been estimated that one-half of those going to see a doctor have symptoms that can be traced to psychological stress.

Of course, emotional stress is not the only factor involved in illness and disease, nor is it necessarily the primary cause. It is, however, one of the risk factors associated with poor health.


Stress Management

Psychologist Donald A. Tubesing related stress to the tension on a violin string. We need ?enough tension to make music hut not so much that it snaps.?

Stress can be managed and its effects reduced. Exercise, meditation and relaxation techniques, attitude changes, and improved nutrition are some effective ways to handle stress.

Stress can increase the need for certain nutrients since it alters our metabolic process. For example, an increased metabolic rate means an increased rate in the burning of carbohydrates. When larger-than-normal amounts of carbohydrates are metabolized, the requirements for thiamine and other members of the B-complex family may increase.

Stress is closely related to nutrition. The fight/flight response, for example, steps up the metabolic process, increasing the need for certain vitamins?particularly the water-soluble vitamins which must be replenished on a daily basis. This is why the B-complex and C vitamins are the core of all anti-stress vitamin supplements.


Key Products

Nutri-Calm
The B-complex vitamins have the closest association with the health of the nervous system. Refined grain products, coffee, and tea are some vitamin B-complex robbers.

Researchers have found B-complex vitamins to be vital in maintaining proper function of the nervous system. They aid in energy production, lend a sense of well-being, work with hormone production/balancing, and help you feel in control. All B-complex vitamins are interdependent. Because they are water-soluble, they are easily washed away with urine and perspiration and must be replaced daily.

Nutri-Calm? is a beneficial blend of vitamins and herbs that provides nutrition the body needs to better cope with a busy, modern world. It contains the B-complex and C vitamins plus calcium in a nutritional base of herbs, bee pollen, and other nutrients.

Calcium is included because it is used by the body to maintain the nerves in their normal, calm state. Vitamin C and herbs in the formulation work to balance and enhance a weakened nervous system.
Stock No. 1617-3 (100)

PRIMARY PRODUCTS

APS II? with White Willow Bark is considered a fire-reducing combination by the Chinese. This formula is designed to provide nutrients for the nervous system.
Stock No. 780-8 (100)

Stress Relief (formerly Combination Eight?) gives you white willow bark and seven other herbal nervines that bring together many of the most popular choices among herbalists to nutritionally support the nervous system.
Stock No. 850-3 (100)

When life turns up the heat, Chinese Stress Relief (formerly STR-C?) is a combination of 16 herbs used by the ancient Chinese to quench the fire.
Stock No. 1863-5 (100)

Rather than employing an alcoholic beverage and its possible harmful effects, Nerve Control (Formerly RE-X? or Relaxation Formula) is an all-natural way to balance your nervous system with good nutrition instead. Its eight herbs provide nutrients to nutritionally assist in relaxation.
Stock No. 1242-4 (100)

Stress-J? is a blend of several time-honored herbs used historically to nourish the body. It is an American formula containing chamomile flowers, passion flowers, hops flowers, fennel seeds, marshmallow root, and feverfew herb.
Stock No. 1087-0 (100)


COMPLEMENTARY PRODUCTS

Chinese Mood Elevator (formerly AD-C?) is a combination of 18 herbs traditionally used by Chinese herbalists to provide needed nutrients to regulate the body's Chi, or vitality force. When the nervous system's major pathways are nutritionally reinforced, the whole body responds. This and other nutritional benefits may help to promote a feeling of well-being.
Stock No. 1878-8 (100)

Herbal Sleep (formerly HVS?) is high in selenium and zinc. It also contains niacin, vitamin C, valerian root, scullcap herb and hops flowers.
Stock No. 940-8 (100)

Blue Vervain is an herb known for providing many benefits simultaneously. It influences not only the nerves, circulation, lungs, and digestive system, but generally acts as a nutritional adjunct in restoring the body's vigor.
Stock No. 3160-8 (2 fl. oz.)

Catnip supports the digestive and nervous systems. Its nutritional benefits are well known among herbalists.
Stock No. 180-4 (100)

Chamomile is one of the oldest herb-garden favorites. It has a pleasant smell, and its nutritional benefits are similar to catnip. It is one of the favorite herbs in Europe and one of the most popular herbal teas in the world. Through extensive studies in Russia, chamomile was found to have a decidedly positive nutritional effect on the nervous system.
Stock No. 190-7 (100)

Feverfew nutritionally supports the central nervous system.
Stock No. 288-1 (100)

Gotu Kola has been called "brain food" by many herbalists, and as a famous Asian herb it certainly has a memorable reputation.
Stock No. 360-0 (100)

The safety record of Hops underscores its use as a nutritional food that strengthens and helps the body rebalance.
Stock No. 380-9 (100)

Lecithin is a remarkable substance produced by every healthy liver. While helping to emulsify fats, it also contains the B-vitamin choline, from which the body manufactures one of several nerve transmitters. Nature's Sunshine's lecithin comes from soybeans and is easily assimilated.
Stock No. 1660-5 (270)

Passion Flower may be one of the finest natural supports available. In essence, passion flower could be one of the best nutritional supplements for the well-being of the nervous system. Its name has religious meaning and does not refer to increasing one's passion.
Stock No. 500-3 (100)

Valerian Root is an herb to eat, but not to smell. Although the plant itself has little or no odor, the roots carry a characteristic unpleasant smell. It has long been used as a nutritional aid for the central nervous system and is high in calcium. Encouraging scientific work has been done in Germany with this herb. It is best used for short-term needs.
Stock No. 720-0 (100)

Vitamin B-complex shortages have been associated with such conditions as irritability, depression, inability to concentrate, and fatigue. On the other hand, adequate amounts have been found to encourage calmness and feelings of well-being.
Stock No. 1778-9 (100)

A family of products designed to feed the nervous system

HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES

Calming is a children's homeopathic remedy for symptoms of restless sleep, fussiness, and irritability accompanying minor illness and teething.
Stock No. 8870-5 (1 fl. oz.).

DepressaquelTM assists in the alleviation of melancholy, apathy, and listlessness by lifting the mood and mental outlook.
Stock No. 8755-1 (1 fl. oz.).

Fatigue/Exhaustion assists in alleviating the symptoms of minor fatigue and exhaustion due to insomnia, illness, overwork, or stress.
Stock No. 8840-0 (1 fl. oz.)

Headache temporarily relieves occasional headaches.
Stock No. 8708-7 (1 fl. oz.)

MigraquelTM is for the temporary relief of pain and other symptoms associated with throbbing, debilitating cluster and migraine headaches.
Stock No. 8745-7 (1 fl. oz.)

Nervousness is for the relief of occasional nervousness and irritability caused by simple nervous tension and stress.
Stock No. 8711-0 (1 fl. oz.)

Pain is for the temporary relief of minor pain associated with neuralgia, neuralgic backache, and sciatica.
Stock No. 8709-5 (1 fl. oz.)

Doesn't your family deserve good health?

Sciatica is for the temporary relief of lower back pain due to sciatica or overextension.
Stock No. 8820-6 (1 fl. oz.)

Teething is a children's homeopathic remedy for the temporary relief of sore gums due to teething in infants and children.
Stock No. 8885-6 (1 fl. oz.)

Tobacco Detox is for the relief of symptoms related with withdrawal from tobacco use including nausea, cough, and nervous tension. Aids detoxification.
Stock No. 8712-5 (1 fl. oz.)


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