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THE SCIENCE BEHIND

MEET THE VAGUS NERVE

Did you know your brain & body are designed with the ability to self-soothe during or after stressful moments? It’s a process known as neuromodulation, where your parasympathetic nervous system kicks in to slow your heart rate and breathing in moments of heightened tension (hello, calm). Your vagus nerve is the ultimate ‘chill-out’ machine, signaling the brain to release calming neurotransmitters like acetylcholine and serotonin.
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About vagus nerve stimulation (VNS)

VNS is a powerful wellness boost that has intrigued scientists & researchers for decades. Through electronic stimulation of the vagus nerve, messages are sent to the brain to generate relaxing feelings in the body.

About Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS)

While vagus nerve stimulation has become a hot topic recently, it’s not exactly new. Meditation, yoga, chanting, and mindfulness are all practices that provide indirect stimulation to the vagus nerve, primarily through deep breathing. Sounds simple, right? Not so much. Many find that level of relaxation difficult to achieve. 


About Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS)

Rest and recover with ease. tVNS (transcutaneous VNS) has been praised for its benefits in sleep, mood and cognition, as well as inflammation reduction following athletic performance. 

About Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS)

Balance is possible. Today, scientists are focusing even more on the benefits of ear-based tVNS and its potential to maintain a healthy balance in the nervous system and, to the extent possible, mitigating the effects of chronic conditions.

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NEW PATHWAYS, NEW YOU

Practice makes perfect. The neat thing about your brain? The more glimpses of relaxation it sees, the more it is able to stay there, and the easier it will be to get to that state in the future. It’s all thanks to neuroplasticity - your brain’s ability to create and rewire new pathways between neurons at any age, any stage.

BETTER BRAIN, BETTER LIFE

If you don’t use it, you lose it. When you engage your brain through regular VNS, you’re better able to rise from limitations and lead the life you desire. With a unit that is easily integrated into your daily routines, you’re more likely to use it.

INVENTED BY A PHYSICIAN

Minimize stress and elevate your well-being. Spurred on by the success of vagal nerve stimulation, top surgeon and inventor, Richard Cartledge, MD created Xen so you can feel the intersection of electronics & neuroscience on-the-go.

CONVENIENT & STRESS-FREE

Auricular (ear-based) vagus nerve stimulation is a reliable and efficient method, as evidenced by a growing body of studies on both healthy subjects and those battling chronic conditions. Xen’s sleek design is familiar, easy-to-use, and works hard for you.

Research

Neurostimulation and Pupillometry: New Directions for Learning and Research in Applied Linguistics

N. Pandza, et al 2020 "The current study's results suggest a promising future for tVNS as fast, effective language learning support. Improvements were observed almost immediately..." Read the Paper

Effects of transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation in individuals aged 55 years or above: potential benefits of daily stimulation

B Bretherton, 2019 "...tVNS for two weeks significantly improved measures of QoL" Read the paper

Safety and tolerability of Transcutaneous Vagus Nerve stimulation in humans; a systematic review

J Redgrave, et al 2018 “tVNS is safe and well tolerated at the doses tested in research studies to date” Read the paper