Psychoneuroimmunology, Thoughts-Physique Psychology and the Battle or Flight Response


Because the mind-body connection is mentioned extra typically in well being care, it’s a widespread error to consider the examine of the mind-body connection is pretty new. Would you be stunned to know that this subject of examine started within the early 20th century? Even that isn’t fairly true. The mind-body connection was proposed by the Greek thinker Galen within the 2nd century, however Walter Cannon, a professor of physiology at Harvard throughout the 20th century, initiated curiosity within the connection between the feelings and physiology in his work with animals and digestion. He discovered that animals below emotional stress resembling anger, concern and anxiousness resulted within the abdomen completely shutting down its digestive capabilities.

Dr. Cannon’s most influential analysis paper on this space, Bodily Modifications in Ache, Starvation, Concern and Rage, was printed in 1915. On this paper he discusses the physiological outcomes of the battle or flight response. Prior to now nearly 100 years, we now have now realized that, not solely does digestion shut down when battle or flight is activated, all non-essential physiological actions stop.

The battle or flight response has one function and one function solely… to maintain you alive. Whether or not you battle with all of your power to remain alive, or select to run as quick as you possibly can to get out of hazard, your physique mobilizes all its assets that will help you do that. In spite of everything, you staying alive is of main curiosity to it. What the physique does is shut down each non-essential exercise and redirects every part to what your physique wants to remain alive. You do not want digestion or sexual need to battle to your life. You do want extra blood to your limbs. Whereas your coronary heart price and blood strain will increase in order that blood is moved to produce vitality to your legs and arms, your physique quits digesting meals.

That is nice for the short-term. The issue is that our society has a lot stress that the battle or flight response is energetic a big a part of every day life. The physique will get caught in battle or flight. Digestion does not reactivate, so you could have indigestion, and your blood strain does not go down, so your physician needs you to have meds to decrease your blood strain.

Psychoneurimmunology is all concerning the physiological results of feelings. Thoughts-body psychology is about instructing individuals methods to convey the physique again to its regular means of functioning. Thoughts-body psychology teaches varied stress busting methods together with managing your ideas and feelings in addition to meditation. Right now these methods are regularly mentioned as analysis continues on this subject.

by Cathy Chapman, Ph.D.