What is Psychoneuroimmunology?

Psychoneuroimmunology is a relatively young science. It deals with the consequences of the mutual influence of body and soul on health. Already in antiquity one was aware of the interaction of feelings and physical health. But only in the last 25 years has the influence of feelings and thoughts on the body and especially the immune system been examined more closely.

Psyche, nervous system and immune system

Man has learned during evolution to fine-tune his biological responses to create a well-balanced balance between the environment, psyche, hormone and immune systems.

Example immune system: So the immune system is able to respond to signals from nervous and hormonal system. Conversely, the immune system can influence the function of the nervous and endocrine systems. If this balance is disturbed, it leads to disturbances in the metabolism and as a result illnesses can occur.

Immune system, nervous system and psyche influence each other

Meanwhile, it has been proven that mental and physical stress negatively influence the functions of the immune defense and thus increases the susceptibility to infections. Especially long-term stress can lead to a sustained defensive immunity of the immune system. Depression, fear of faltering or loneliness can also weaken the immune system. Conversely, joie de vivre, serenity, happiness and love strengthen the immune functions.

So the immune system is also influenced by our feelings, feelings and thinking. This can be measured with different methods of brain, stress and hormone research. On the one hand, it is important to take care of one's mental equilibrium and, on the other, to make an important contribution to the recovery or quality of life in the case of physical illnesses. Especially the chronically ill should pay attention to a balanced soul life.

Mind-body medicine

Psychoneuroimmunology researchers have been able to scientifically prove that thinking and feeling affects our bodies. This has become a therapeutic option - the "mind-body medicine". This therapy direction is a new term for an old form of therapy in which mind (mind) and body (body) are treated equally. The sick train to take their well-being into their own hands. Natural mechanisms that specifically support the self-healing powers are used and so-called healing blocks are solved. Essential elements of mind-body medicine:

  • Bring order into the rhythm of life.
  • Learning relaxation reactions. Suitable techniques are yoga, meditation, breathing techniques, visualizations or autogenic training.
  • Another therapeutic component of mind-body medicine is exercise and a conscious diet. The basis of the healthy diet is the Mediterranean whole foods with a high proportion of vegetables, fruits, cereals, fish and olive oil.
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