LEARN MIND+BODY

WHAT THE MIND SUPPRESSES THE BODY EXPRESSES

Using a language of biochemicals, our minds and bodies talk to each other constantly. Palpitations, butterflies and tears for example, are all physical manifestations of acute emotions.

Dr Candace Pert was a neuroscientist and pharmacologist who published over 250 papers on the science of emotions: ‘’Since emotions run every system in the body, don’t underestimate their power to treat and heal.’’

Aristotle was among the first to suggest the connection between mood and health: ‘“Soul and body, I suggest, reach sympathetically upon each other.”

Charles Darwin, too, documented that the connection was important; it was a major premise of his largely overlooked book The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals.

Emotions play an important part in health. Traditional medicines are established on the intrinsic connection between mind and body. Many modern drs and practitioners appreciate and work knowing that our thoughts and feelings effect our physiology. Sir William Osler, the turn-of-the-century physician once described as the ‘’father of modern medicine,” once remarked, “The care of tuberculosis depends more on what the patient has in his head than what he has in his chest.”