An autonomic nerve is independent of our consciousness and not controllable. We cannot even live without this nerve. Without autonomic nerves, we need to control every single thing all day and night, such as keeping heart beating, breathing without a pause, fixing some parts of our body that need maintenance. There is a sophisticated mechanism in autonomic nerves, and it does not allow heart to stop even if we wish to.
Muscle that moves according to your order is called voluntary muscle, while the one you cannot control is called involuntary muscle. Autonomic nerve is the one that controls involuntary muscle.
Sympathetic Nerve and Parasympathetic Nerve
Autonomic nerve can be classified into sympathetic nerve and parasympathetic nerve. These two kinds of nerve control various functions of the body by checking each other’s work.
This is just like a machine with automatic control. Regardless of your intention, autonomic nerve controls the condition of your body
When the temperature gets high, sweat comes out to lower your body temperature. When it gets cold, pores in the skin are closed to maintain your body temperature. Also, the amount of blood circulating in capillary vessels is adjusted according to the temperature so that your body temperature is under control.
Your body condition may also change by your emotion. When you feel sad, you do not feel like eating anything. Even if you force yourself to eat, you will only have indigestion. Due to this relationship between our emotion and autonomic nerves, intestines may be affected by our emotion. Autonomic nerves are also closely related to brain, and the nerves are controlled in hypothalamic.
When you are awake, sympathetic nerve is working. When you get excited, sympathetic nerve works more actively. Similarly, when someone surprises you suddenly, your heart starts beating faster because of this enhanced function of sympathetic nerve.
On the other hand, when you are relaxed, doing Kiko (Qigong), or sleeping, parasympathetic nerve is in charge of controlling your body. In this case, your blood pressure and heart rate are kept lower.
In general, when you are awake and active, sympathetic nerve is working, while you are sleeping, it is switched to parasympathetic nerve. Parasympathetic nerve eliminates fatigue, creates metabolism, and fixes damaged parts of your body. Autonomic dysfunction is a state of your body losing the balance of these two kinds of nerve. Now let me first introduce the explanation of autonomic dysfunction from the point of contemporary medical science which named this dysfunction.
Interpretation of Autonomic Dysfunction by Contemporary Medical Science
According to contemporary medical science, autonomic dysfunction can be classified into three types based on whether the problem is related to either psychogenetic factor or central autonomic nerve.
First type of autonomic dysfunction is “neurotic”. This is caused by psychological or social stress. Nothing unusual can be detected in patient’s autonomic verves, and there is no other symptoms suggesting autonomic dysfunction either.
Second type is “psychosomatic”. There is a problem in autonomic nerves, and various physical issues are caused by psychological and social stress.
Third type is “primary chronic autonomic dysfunction” This is caused by a problem in autonomic verve itself, and the nerve system which is out of balance leads to various symptoms.
It is said most of those who are diagnosed autonomic dysfunction are either the first or the second type, and the remaining 10% or so is the third type.
Cause of Autonomic Dysfunction from the Point of Contemporary Medical Science
According to contemporary medical science, problems in autonomic nerves are caused either by physical constitution or personality, or psychological or social stress. In other words, the cause of autonomic dysfunction can be either internal or external.
Some of the internal causes are genetic, such as having a parent with autonomic dysfunction, experiencing motion sickness or orthostatic disturbance in childhood, etc. These are said to be related to physical constitution factors.
For females, unbalance in the secretion of hormone in puberty or menopause may also cause autonomic dysfunction. Medical science also says introverted people may have autonomic dysfunction because of their lack of adaptability to society.
As for autonomic dysfunction with external causes, it is said to be caused by psychological or social stress, such as relationship issues and dissatisfaction with work environment. For females, distress with child care and family may cause autonomic dysfunction as well.
Symptoms of Autonomic Dysfunction
Symptoms related to central nervous system commonly include headache, headache dull, and dizziness. Whole-body symptoms are fatigue, general prostration, lack of patience, and shaking. As for the respiratory organs, the symptoms include shortness of breath, suffocation, sigh, while you may experience an oppressive feeling around chest and throat, chest pain, palpitation, and a feeling of pulsation regarding circulatory organs. Around digestive organs, symptoms include loss of appetite, flatulence in stomach, constipation, and diarrhea. There are other various symptoms such as excessive sweating, unpleasantness around stomach, physical pain, stiff shoulders, feeling cold or heat on hands and feet, easily getting excited, etc.
Contemporary medical science treats autonomic dysfunction by drug therapy, independent training therapy, mental therapy, and so on, but there seems to be no ultimate treatment that can completely cure the disease.
A century ago, autonomic dysfunction was treated as a disease of blood or mind, and patients were told to cure the dysfunction by cheering themselves up. There are so many names of diseases under the contemporary medical science. It seems to me that when doctors encounter something they cannot explain, they just make up a difficult disease.
In fact, autonomic dysfunction is merely a problem in autonomic nerves that lost proper controls over some parts of your body.
The areas where I consider cause autonomic dysfunction are stomach (typically around the pit of stomach), or neck. If these areas develop stiffness, autonomic nerves can no longer function properly. Especially the stiffness around neckline disables the control of body temperature.
Stiffness in stomach not only causes constipation or indigestion, but also pollutes blood, damages cells, and weakens immune system. Due to weak immune system, we are at risk of various diseases or losing the ability to fight against fatal diseases such as cancer.
I believe all kinds of diseases are caused by a problem in stomach. This is not an exaggeration by any means. Headache, which is one of the major symptoms of autonomic dysfunction, is caused by muscle stiffness in the pit of stomach or neckline. Stiffness in neck results in dizziness. It is too risky to leave constant headache and dizziness untreated just because these are symptoms of autonomic dysfunction. Behind these symptoms, there may be hidden diseases such as brain infarction, intracerebral bleeding, and subarachinoid hemorrhage.
“Muscle stiffness” in intestines in stomach leads to indigestion and constipation, and convulsive stiffness causes diarrhea.
According to the contemporary medical science, autonomic dysfunction is caused by psychological or external factors in some cases. However, negative emotion, anxiety, or agony imposes a stress on stomach and intestines, and also causes autonomic dysfunction. This stress hardens stomach and intestines to a further degree, which eventually affect shoulders and neckline and develops the stiffness. Social stress, work- or family-related anxiety and so on also causes autonomic dysfunction by the same mechanism.
During puberty and menopause, female body may also experience the same thing causing autonomic dysfunction. This change in female body hardens muscles. During menopause, blood which used to be discharged every month as a menstrual period remains in the body and pollutes the blood circulating all over the body. Then cells get stiff, and “muscle stiffness” is generated which causes what is called postmenopausal syndrome: headache dull, fatigue, loss of positive attitude, sudden sweating, etc.
What causes these symptoms is also “muscle stiffness” around stomach and neckline. Autonomic dysfunction is developed by this “muscle stiffness”.
Hard muscle blocks the linkage among nervous system which controls autonomic nerves. Due to the interfered nervous system, brain cannot send the appropriate information to muscle cells, and this is the dysfunction of autonomic nerves.
As this condition aggravates, allergy symptoms may be developed, such as atopic dermatitis, hay fever, allergic rhinitis, food allergy, sick house syndrome, etc.
How to Cure Autonomic Dysfunction
Autonomic dysfunction is regarded as a disease difficult to cure under the contemporary medical science, while to me it is easy to cure. Autonomic dysfunction can be cured by eliminating “muscle stiffness” in stomach or neckline.
Regarding autonomic dysfunction caused by postmenopausal syndrome, the effective cure is to eliminate “muscle stiffness” in thyroid as it restores the hormone balance to the healthy condition.
Once autonomic nervous is not working properly, you cannot control it any longer. It is just like a delicate computer freezes and stops functioning due to a tiny problem. You might be the one creating a problem in autonomic nerves, just like a person using the computer keyboard causes a technical problem in the computer without even noticing. Human body is very delicate. Once some parts of it are out of order, various symptoms of disease will appear, and the outcome can be beyond our imagination.
A disorder of a delicate computer can be caused by a tiny thing. “Muscle stiffness” results in a disorder of the human body, a delicate computer. Eliminating “muscle stiffness” is the solution for curing autonomic dysfunction.