Autonomic Nervous System Test The human body contains a very elegant system that controls all of our internal organs. It is called the autonomic nervous system and it regulates heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, control of blood flow as well as the GI tract (peristalsis enzyme release), the nervous system (sweating, blushing, and blinking of the eye), as well as many other functions. It is composed of two parts of the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system very similar to an accelerator and brake on a car. It is an extremely complex job to balance all of these various systems in the body depending upon our activity, rest, and emotional state. Unfortunately, certain disease states, stress, toxins, and poor nutrition all affect the ANS in terms of its proper function. Dizziness, migraine headaches, irregular heartbeat, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea are just a few of the many symptoms secondary to autonomic dysfunction. Various medications may also affect autonomic function, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worst. For many years, we have been doing autonomic testing at this office using a very elegant but noninvasive system that provides a very accurate evaluation of autonomic balance as pertains to our organs. I am pleased to announce the availability of a newer and more comprehensive version of this test at this office. The test is simple and totally noninvasive taking about 15 minutes time and is able to assess not only the proper function and balance of the ANS in relationship to the health of your organs, but a measure of functional reserve and overall health assessment. Although it is found in very few medical offices, it is a research tool that is used in most cardiac and health research laboratories throughout the world. Its measured value in the office is twofold. First, we can specifically identify underlying dysfunctions and weakness of the ANS which then allows a more precise and affective natural and nutritional correction of the system. Secondly, follow up testing usually in six weeks’ time can accurately assess the effectiveness of the treatment so that you, the patient, can be sure that the treatments you are receiving are actually being of benefit to you.