Introduction to the Mind-Body Connection

“The body is the servant of the mind. It obeys the operations of the mind, whether they be deliberately chosen or automatically expressed… If you would perfect your body, guard your mind. Disease and health, like circumstances, are rooted in thought…. Thoughts of fear have been known to kill a man as speedily as a bullet…Anxiety quickly demoralizes the whole body, and lays it open to the entrance of disease…”

                                               Allen, J. – “As A Man Thinketh”

The mind-body paradigm is nothing new. It has been the basis through the ages for understanding human beings in all of the perennial wisdom traditions. However with the birthing of conventional medicine and its mechanistic thinking, there was a severing of this innate link and the understanding of the dynamic relationship between mind and body was lost.

Since the dawning of the new branch of medicine known as psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) this rapidly growing area of conventional medical research and understanding has given a foundation to rebuild the bridge between mind and body on a scientifically validated, evidenced based platform.

The opportunity here lies in the far-reaching scope this information has as it becomes more and more mainstream.

Much of what has become evidence based medicine through this new branch of medical research correlates with herbal protocol and natural healing techniques used and promoted by herbalists and natural healers for centuries.

Herbs that have an evidence base by way of thousands of years of solid results and natural healing protocols with the same are now understood in the context of this research which, in turn makes herbal medicine and natural healing more available to the mainstream mind.

It is for this reason that I chose to explore this as part of my dissertation when finishing my 4 year training in Herbal Medicine. Over the coming week I plan to share in my blog excerpts from this dissertation that give an in-depth grounding in this exciting field. Hope you enjoy and find it useful –  Let me know in the comments below and keep an eye out for the next instalment.

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