In holistic medicine, the word disease is a ‘dis-ease.’ In Western medicine, disease means a breakdown, disorder, or an invasion of an organ or other vital networks in the body. The reason disease is ‘dis-ease’ in Eastern medicine is, illness is the body’s response to stress, depression, and other negative mental states. Neuroscientists at the University of Pittsburgh now know there are more neural networks that connect the cerebral cortex to the adrenal medulla. And they also know where these neural networks are in the body.
The new information about the number of neural networks and how they impact the adrenal medulla sheds a brighter light on how stress and other mental states alter organ function. The research also proves there is a real anatomical basis for psychosomatic illness. And the findings show that the meditation, yoga, Pilates and other Eastern exercises help the body respond to mental, physical, and emotional stress.
This University of Pittsburgh study identified the neural circuitry that connects the cerebral cortex to the adrenal medulla, and the researchers were blown away by the number of neural networks that sit in the inner part of the adrenal gland. The adrenal gland is right above each kidney. But the actual number of cortical areas responsible for controlling the adrenal medulla is still a mystery Scientist thought there were one or two of those areas, but this study proves there are more.
The study also shows that areas of the cortex are active when people sense conflict, or when they make a mistake. Those thoughts influence the adrenal medulla. In other words, just the thought of a conflict, traumatic event, or serious mistake sends negative signals to the adrenal medulla the same way as the actual event does.
Eastern medicine knew there was definite mind-body connection centuries ago, but Western medicine couldn’t scientifically confirm it. Many people suffer because they disregard the basic foundation of Eastern medicine, which is the mind influences what happens in the body.