Autonomic nervous system

The autonomic nervous system is the part of the nervous system (nerves) that controls various unconscious body functions. Examples of autonomic body processes include digestion (peristalsis) and breathing (when not consciously controlled). Autonomic Nerve Disorders can include autonomic nerve neuropathy (nerve damage), gastroparesis, diabetic gastroparesis, and other disorders.

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Autonomic Nervous System: The Enteric Nervous System; Parasympathetic Nervous System; and Sympathetic Nervous System taken together. Generally speaking, the autonomic nervous system regulates the internal environment during both peaceful activity and physical or emotional stress. Autonomic activity is controlled and integrated by the Central Nervous System, especially the Hypothalamus and the Solitary Nucleus, which receive information relayed from Visceral Afferents.1

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  1. Source: MeSH (U.S. National Library of Medicine)
  2. Source: Queensland Health: HealthCondition/ condition/ 17/ 76/ 582/ stress-lessyour-mind-and-body-will-thank-you

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