Capacity for Self-Healing
century has brought remarkable advances in biomedical technology and treatment.
As a society, we have come to expect that effective treatments and cure
should be available for most medical conditions. Yet, most of the symptoms,
syndromes, and illnesses that people and patients experience cannot be
explained by organic disease identifiable by currently available medical
tests and the biomedical model of illness, disease, healing and health.
Most of these
medically unexplained "functional" symptoms and illnesses are
related to medical labeling of functional symptoms as functional syndromes
(e.g., irritable bowel syndrome and fibromyalgia), stress and the stress
response, the emotional brain and emotional distress, negative thinking
and beliefs, and unhealthy lifestyle choices and behaviors. These factors
also cause or contribute to serious diseases, such as metabolic syndrome
Each of us
has a remarkable capacity for self-healing. There is a scientific and
neurobiologic basis of the MindBody Connection that is common to all healing
traditions. Understanding homeostasis (balance), the stress response,
the emotional brain, the placebo response and our innate capacity for
self-healing represents the intersection and convergent common ground
of ancient, traditional, complementary/alternative, and Western biomedical
approaches to health, disease, illness, and healing.
empiric and scientific evidence continues to confirm that there is a spiritual
dimension to the MindBody connection and that spirituality and religion
may be beneficial to health. The appropriate term is the MindBodySpirit
Connection (biopsychosocialspiritual medical model). It is no longer appropriate
to separate mind from body, mind from gut or mindbody from spirit.