As a result of pioneering neuro-biologists such as Dr Candace Pert (author of ‘The Molecules of Emotion’) we now know that the traditional notion of a mind-body split makes no sense whatsoever. The central nervous system, controlled by the brain, extends to every cell in the body via chemical receptors and neuro-transmitters.
Moreover, the evidence is mounting that kindness cures and happiness heals. Sympathy and understanding are not merely ‘nice little extras’- they are good medicine. Patients benefit enormously when their emotional needs are attended to. Helping people to manage upset feelings helps prevent disease and aid recovery.
This is one of the reasons why more and more people are looking to holistic healing methods which treat the root cause of the problem, not just the symptoms and honours the whole person as a physical, mental, emotional, energetic and spiritual being.
Fortunately the medical profession is beginning to change. Some hospitals now offer counselling to help patients with their social and emotional problems. This is not just for sentimental reasons: it makes good financial sense too. It helps prevent further problems and cuts the cost of treatment.
Compassion is good medicine, and the medical profession are at last waking up!
©David Lawrence Preston, 7.7.2016
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