Mind-Body Medicine: How Emotions Affect Your Health

A spring-like winter day calls for some reading outside before seeing patients!

Today's read is a book I have found to be particularly educational and fascinating. I have been able to implement the knowledge I've gained from reading this book into my treatments in the form of mind-body techniques. The book is Molecules of Emotion by Dr. Candace Pert, a neuroscientist and pharmacologist.

Emotions can both cause physical problems in the body, and be caused BY physical problems in the body. So, for example, you can be experiencing emotions of anger, and it cause a dysfunction in the mid back and/or liver. Conversely, chronic liver dysfunction or mid-back spinal misalignment can cause heightened emotions of anger!

With Applied Kinesiology, we can use our tool of muscle testing to identify problematic emotions affecting the body. We can also use muscle testing to implement some mind-body manual therapies to help in reducing any negative effects of the particularly emotion on the body. This is important in treating any patient as almost all health issues have some kind of mental/emotional stress or stresses involved.

Dr. Pert's book explains in vast detail the scientific processes behind the mind-body connection. I highly recommend this book to anybody who is interested in the mind-body relationship!