Constipation And The Autonomic Nervous System
What does erectile dysfunction, Parkinson’s disease and constipation have in common? They may be caused by the improper function of the autonomic nervous system.
The most basic units of the autonomic nervous system, the nerve cells transmit signals electrically within the cells but chemically when signals cross over a gap less than one millionth of an inch to another cell, thus resembling a sophisticated network of living ‘wires’ responsible for switching on and off the digestive system at the appropriate time.
In the case of an average healthy person, autonomic nerves in his head increase the production of saliva as he masticates food during a pleasant dinner. Autonomic nerves in the abdomen increase the activity of the smooth muscle and glands in the stomach and intestines thus promoting peristalsis. After watching TV, this satisfied