from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or involving the lungs and the stomach.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or pertaining to the lungs and the stomach
- adj. vagus (attributive)
- n. The pneumogastric nerve; one of the tenth pair of cranial nerves which are distributed to the pharynx, esophagus, larynx, lungs, heart, stomach, liver, and spleen, and, in fishes and many amphibia, to the branchial apparatus and also to the sides of the body.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to the lungs and the stomach.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to the lungs and the stomach, or to the functions of respiration and digestion: specifically, in anatomy, noting several nervous structures
- n. The pneumogastric nerve. See vagus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or relating to the vagus nerve
- adj. of or relating to or involving the lungs and stomach
- n. a mixed nerve that supplies the pharynx and larynx and lungs and heart and esophagus and stomach and most of the abdominal viscera
The next step in the ‘internal alchemy’ of breath control occurs spontaneously: stimulation of the pneumogastric nerves, or ‘parasympathetic nervous system’.
The parasympathetic branch consists of the pneumogastric nerves.
When you apply the anal lock at the same time, the sacral root of this powerful nerve receives a similar stimulation, thereby greatly enhancing all bodily functions controlled by the pneumogastric nerve.
The sympathetic system and the pneumogastric nerves are antaganistic.
This pattern of prolonged exhalation gives a strong boost to blood and energy circulation, expels toxins from lungs and bloodstream and stimulates the pneumogastric nerve.
Extra oxygen infusions are also very calming to the ‘action’ circuits of the sympathetic nervous system, while stimulating the digestive and other vital functions of the pneumogastric system.
Deep breathing stimulates vital hormone secretions throughout the endocrine system by exciting the pneumogastric nerve and providing direct massage to glands in the abdomen and sacrum, thereby balancing all vital functions, including sexual potency and fertility.
When breath is retained, the pneumogastric nerve receives direct stimulation at its point of origin in the brain.
Excitation of the pneumogastric nerve dramatically improves digestion, metabolism and excretion.
Deep breathing re-establishes natural balance between the sympathetic and pneumogastric branches of the nervous system, which makes breathing a highly effective form of preventive therapy against the constant stress and strain and consequent ills experienced by harried city dwellers throughout the world today.