“I have one nerve left, and you are getting on it”

This was a notice on a friend’s wall. She was an unusually laid back person, but I think she was letting her family know that even the easy-going have limits.

What actually happens when we reach our limit?

Our nervous system can be viewed as our electrical system

The nervous system is very complex. It is easier when it is viewed as a fiber.

The Nervous system includes the brain, the brain stem, the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems; the autonomic nervous system, the Vegus and peripheral nervous system.

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The nerve cell is the energetic power unit behind all of our cellular processes

This would include cellular influxes. For example, if our nervous system is run down we may not be able to utilize nutrition or detoxify well on a cellular level. We just don’t have the energy.

Some people are like Border collies. The fiber of their nervous system can run too hot. These people can essentially get so wound up that they ‘blow a fuse’.

What drains our nervous system?

If we experience long periods of unrelenting stress we can wear out our reserves and ‘brown out’ in our nerve force.

Nursing a family member in a front-line capacity can drain our nerve force. Overworking for a long period of time can drain us. Chronic undernourishment can lead to nervous exhaustion.

Experiencing a traumatic event or having a sudden shock can short circuit our nervous system. This shock can be physical, emotional, mental or spiritual.

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Are Herbs Safe?

Now some people are suspicious and fearful about using herbs. Some may have heard rumors about the danger or feel that are ‘unproven’. Herbs have been used safely for hundreds and hundreds of years.

Pharmaceutical drugs on the other hand are new to the scene. The use of drugs is a very new experiment. In my family, it was my mother’s generation that got involved with prescription drugs. I’m sad to say, she got into trouble with them too.

Are drugs safe? In effect, the jury of the test of time is still deliberating. I would suggest that you take the time to become knowledgeable about herbs and versed in their wise usage.



Valerian root is a wonderful herb

It nourishes and strengthens our nerve force while it also physically relaxes our muscles.

Athletes who are noticing muscle cramps do well with supplements that combine magnesium and valerian root extract.

Tension headaches may also be relieved with valerian. Anyone cramming for exams may benefit from taking valerian root for a short time.

I have never yet met a person with a drug deficiency. Valerian root herb has a track record that is so good, a synthetic copy was invented. It was called Valium. As a drug I am sure it has some value.

One thing a drug can’t do is nourish and balance the body. A drug may make us less broken, but drugs seldom have the power to make us better.

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People who are are having difficulty sleeping may do well with valerian herb. Thirty years ago, I met a woman who wasn’t sleeping. She had lost a baby through SIDS, and every time she tried to sleep she dreamed that she had buried her baby alive.

At this time in my life I was prone to migraines and I just happened to have a bottle of valerian root tincture in my purse. I gave her my bottle and she started using it. She finally was able to sleep and clocked 23 hours straight through.

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Valerian root, a traditional Native American herb, holds a unique place when you view its energetic signature. Valerian is effective in relation to anticipatory stress.

St Johnswort

St Johnswort1Whereas St Johnswort, another wonderful healer for the nervous system has more to do with overwhelm or being energetically overloaded with other people’s energy. Valarian’s signature is more in respect to what might happen or ‘what if’.
Valerian extract is my go to herb right now. I am working with a Standardbred gelding who tends to spook at anything that moves or even anything that doesn’t move.

Of course horses are masters at reading body language and I swear they are bloody psychic mind readers to boot. I am tense because I am waiting for him to freak out jump up and land on my head. He of course is picking up on my body tension and makes the assumption that if ‘the human in charge’ is a hot mess, there must be a darn good reason.

All of this catch 22ing makes for a really nerve wracking day for horse and rider. At first I was giving him a herbal relaxant. Then I found that if I was the one who took the nervine we both did better. Given our respective body weights, dosing the human is much cheaper. When I am calm, centered and clear he becomes quite a fine relaxed creature.

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Our nervous systems are the connection to all of our other systems

Because of this, we may notice nervous system issues showing in other areas. We can experience digestive stress and find ourselves unable to digest much more than baby food.

The root of the digestive difficulties can be found in the nervous system. Cardiovascular stress can have at its root, a overwhelmed nervous system. An overworked glandular system may be a sign of an exhausted nervous system.

Our bodies are designed in wonderful relational ways. Following the adage of ‘an ounce of prevention’ is always the best approach to good health. Feeding the nervous system when it first needs it is always the better option.

A strong resilient nervous system can keep our whole world up and running well.

I have not taken any pharmaceutical drug since 1981. (I had an necessary emergency C Section, so I was given a few. No doctor bashing in my world)

Do you think it is possible to live drug free? Please leave your comments below.

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Bio PicNelda McEwen has been practicing as a Medical Intuitive in SW Ontario for over 25 years; counselling individuals and families, as well as offering her signature ICH training to other Medical Intuitives in the health field. Nelda’s professional research has been acknowledged and published in the Professional Kinesiology Practitioners Manual. The PKP program is recognized through the International Kinesiology College of Zurich Switzerland.