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Autonomous Nervous System Disorders (ANS)

The autonomic nervous system (ANS) is the part of the nervous system whose functions remain largely unconscious. This refers to the part of the nervous system that controls the functions of internal organs. These are autonomous, that is, independent of willful influence. That is why the British physiologist John Newport Langley (1852-1925) coined the term autonomous nervous system.

The autonomic nervous system connects the central nervous system with almost all body organs and thus controls basic vital functions such as blood circulation, digestion, breathing or temperature regulation. While the brain stem controls important reflexes such as coughing, sneezing, swallowing and vomiting, the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems control the functions of the internal organs. These include heart rate, digestion, breathing rate, saliva production, sweating, pupil size, bladder emptying, etc. The interactions between the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems are well coordinated. While the impulses of the sympathetic nervous system usually have a quick and mobilizing effect, parasympathetic impulses tend to have a dampening effect on many organs.

An impressive control instrument

Coming from the entire spinal cord, the sympathetic nerves pass via switching stations, the ganglia of the borderline cord, to the internal organs and to the skin. The parasympathetic neurons originate in the brain stem as well as the lower part of the spinal cord. They also pass through ganglia as switching stations before they reach the pupils, lacrimal and salivary glands, heart, large intestine and urinary bladder.

The autonomic nervous system is an impressive control tool for an independent life. That is why we do everything we can to ensure that your autonomous nervous system (ANS) functions independently again or is well supported.

Prerequisite for successful therapy in the ANS Clinic

Our many years of experience in the ANS Clinic helps in addition to one exact diagnostics, above all the comprehensible training to better understand the body reactions mentioned as examples. This makes it easier for those affected in everyday life to assess which diet and daily structure are suitable to support vegetative functions or how activity or relaxation can be used specifically to to prevent stress-related vegetative complaints.

Typical complaints

The autonomic nervous system controls a large number of internal organs. The symptoms of disorders in this part of the nervous system can be correspondingly complex. Typically, the autonomic nervous system controls body functions, such as circulatory regulation, bladder emptying or bowel movements, which are only given special attention if they disturb everyday life or limit well-being.


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Circulatory disorders

The autonomic nervous system adjusts the heart and circulation to all demands of everyday life. Blood pressure optimization by adjusting the pulse as well as narrowing or widening blood vessels ...

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Changes in sweating

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Bladder disorders

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Sleep disorders

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