One of the most dramatic breakthroughs in the physiological domain is the simple effect of the mind mediated through the nervous system to influence the functioning of the immune, endocrine and other systems. In the 1940’s through to now a huge amount of research has been done demonstrating the incredible power of stress and mood, states of the psyche, on health and disease. The minds effect on immunity, pyschoneuroimmunlogy. got the most attention but the effect of the mind on the heart was also important (psycho-neurocardiology).
As new research came in it became clear that the mind body practices of Yoga, Qigong, Tai Chi were quite effective in influencing these moods. The ancients had found practical ways to accomplish this carefully refined over centuries creating homeostasis and balance consciously in the human body.
Mechanical and Biochemical Effects of Qigong
* Qigong starts or initiates the relaxation response which starts when a form of focusing the mind frees one from distractions. This effectively decreases sympathetic function of the autonomic nervous system including heart rate and blood pressure, dilates the blood capillaries and optimizes the delivery of oxygen and nutrition to the tissues. Homeostasis in Western Science which is the balance of Yin and Yang in the Chinese view.
* Qigong adjust and alerts neurochemistry of the brain accelerating the healing profile. Neurotransmitters also known as neurohormones are information molecules that bond with receptor cells in the immune, nervous, digestive, endocrine and other systems to stimulate or inhibit function to moderate pain, enhance organ function , reduce anxiety or depression and neutralize addictive cravings.
* Qigong enhances immune function by increasing the flow of lymphatic fluids and neuroendocrine activation of immune cells.
* Qigong improves resistance to disease and infection by accelerating the elimination of toxic metabolic by-products from the interstitial spaces in the tissues, organs, and glands through the lymphatic system.
* Qigong increases the efficiency of cell metabolism and tissue regeneration through increased circulation of oxygen and nutrient rich blood to the brain, organs and tissues.
* Qigong coordinates and balances the left and right hemispheres of the brain promoting deeper sleep, reduced anxiety and mental clarity.
* Qigong induces alpha and sometimes theta brain waves which reduce heart rate and blood pressure facilitating mental focus and relaxation; optimizing the body’s regulative mechanisms by decreasing the sympathetic activity of the autonomic nervous system.
* Qigong moderates the function of the hypothalamus, pituitary and pineal glands plus the cerebrospinal fluid system of the brain and spinal cord, which manages pain and mood as well as optimizing immune function.
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