Vagus nerve stimulation indicated as treatment for rheumatoid arthritis

Recent research shows that external stimulation of the vagus nerve may help ease symptoms associated with rheumatoid arthritis.

It was found that stimulating the vagus nerve inhibited the production of cytokines. Cytokines are proteins that help with controlling inflammation and reduce symptoms of swelling in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

The research was carried out by scientists at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and the Academic Medical Center at the University of Amsterdam. The findings have been published in Bioelectronic Medicine.

Preliminary clinical trials have shown that stimulation of the vagus nerve inhibits production of cytokines, which may benefit arthritis pateints

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