EMOTIONAL HEALING AND PSYCHO-PERISTALSIS
Many healing methods are, at bottom, an attempt to deal with the enormous amount of stress in our lives
Stress, whether physical, mental or nutritional, is now recognized as the cause of most illness, and its reaction takes place throughout the nervous system including the abdomen, as many people can attest.
We know that the intestinal system breaks down, assimilates and eliminates food products through the process of peristalsis. Gerda Boyesen, a physiologist and psychologist, discovered in 1962 that the gut has a second essential function, which is to digest and eliminate nervous stresses and emotional tensions that accumulate and interfere with normal gut movement. It would be helpful here to understand how nervous stress causes interference.
Our Autonomic Nervous System is a large network of nerves that branch out from the spinal cord and “automatically” control most body tissues. There are two main branches which should work together, but as we’ll see, often do not. First is the Sympathetic branch, which defends the body with “fight or flight” reactions: blood pressure and heart rate increase while blood flow to the digestive and eliminative organs decreases. As the emergency subsides, the Parasympathetic branch takes over, re-starting the digestive and eliminative organs.
These two systems should, ideally, switch back and forth as easily as the normal acceleration and braking of a car, but modern lifestyles frequently over-stimulate the “accelerator” system and it stays on long after the need passes. The “braking”system consequently is prevented from re-starting digestion and elimination. The result is that normal digestive peristalsis is unable to process either food or feelings and the effect is digestive and emotional dysfunction.
Most natural therapies focus on toning down the accelerating Sympathetic Nervous System and strengthening the braking Parasympathetic Nervous System to promote a return to normal functioning. Every strong emotion, shock or attitude has a physiological consequence of over-stiumulating the Sympathetic Nervous System and dimming down the normal contraction of the intestines (peristalsis).
One such method was discovered by Ms. Boyesen. She recognized that every strong emotion, shock or attitude has a physiological consequence of over-stimulation, slowing peristalsis. Boyesen found that if she could re-stimulate normal gut movements, the body-mind could digest both mental and emotional stresses. She called her method “Psycho-peristalsis,” (also called neuro-digestion) and described it as follows:
During her lifetime, Ms. Boyesen developed a comprehensive body-work method of stimulating the Parasympatheic Nervous System and thus a relaxation of the intestinal tract. The stomach and intestinal noises she heard while working with a stethoscope on the tummy indicated the body-mind was digesting unresolved stresses.
Along these same lines, Terrance Bennett, D.C., a San Francisco chiropractor, and the developer of Neurovascular Dynamics, also worked on the abdomen with a stethoscope. His work also addressed harmonizing the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic nervous systems. Dr. Bennett’s work is still being taught and practiced today by holistic chiropractors including this author.
It appears that both Drs. Boyesen and Bennett, through independent research, stumbled upon the same natural law of healing:
Dr. Friedman graduated from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in 1975. He uses gentle neurological and muscle relaxation methods to promote self-healing.
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Vol. 12, No.7: "The Great Mimic"
Approximately 50 million Americans suffer from periodic gastrointestinal complaints such as hiatal hernia, esophageal reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, hemorrhoids, or constipation. In this brief article we will explain what we think is the common denominator for all these digestive maladies and why we call this factor “The Great Mimic.”
Vol. 12, No.6: "Exhausted? It Might Be Adrenal Stress Disorder"In nature, when an animal is attacked, it can respond with extraordinary feats of strength and endurance. This is accomplished with the mobilization of hormones – specifically, adrenalin. The same response also occurs in humans, but with a very significant difference. Once an emergency has ended, the animal will recover quickly from the galvanizing effects of adrenalin. Humans, however, live with such persistent stress that, all too frequently, we do not have adequate time to rest and re-set the nervous-hormonal system.
Vol. 12, No. 5: "Oh, My Aching Head!"All of us experience feelings of sadness, unhappiness or frustration at times, and this is a normal part of human existence. However, when these feelings persist and start to interfere with our normal functioning, we begin to suffer from depression.
Vol. 12, No. 4: "Hidden Factors in Depression"All of us experience feelings of sadness, unhappiness or frustration at times, and this is a normal part of human existence. However, when these feelings persist and start to interfere with our normal functioning, we begin to suffer from depression.
Vol. 12, No. 3: "Your Aching Sinuses"
There is a simple – yet unseen – mechanism in the human body that regulates and restores our health. This “Great Harmonizer” is actually wired in to the human nervous system and needs only to be properly stimulated in order to maintain health.
Vol. 12, No. 2: "From Stressed Out to Chilled Out"
There is a simple –
yet unseen – mechanism in the human body that regulates and restores our health. This “Great Harmonizer” is actually
wired in to the human nervous system and needs only to be properly stimulated
in order to maintain health.
Vol. 12, No. 1: "Surprising Eyes"
Heredity can be either
blessed or blamed for many of our physical characteristics... from the inheritance of Mom’s curly hair to Dad’s bald head to,
unfortunately, Grandpa’s diabetes. In fact, just knowing about or having
observed a beloved relative suffer from a hereditary illness can create an
aura of ticking time bomb in our own lives.
Vol. 11, No. 1: "Natural Immunity"
Human beings have always
searched for methods to preserve health in the face of aging, infection
and disease. One such route to health
has increasingly been the promotion of the body’s own self-protective
and self-healing mechanisms.These mechanisms, in turn,
are dependent upon the strength of the body’s “natural immunity,”
its inherent ability to defend itself against infection and degenerative
Vol. 10, No. 1: "Reflex Healing"
Chiropractic methods may seem, at times, to be mysterious and have little obvious connection with the object of a patient's complaint. While the "light touch" used at Friedman Chiropractic may possibly appear superficial, it is actually a critical tool for helping the body to regain health.
Vol. 9, No. 1: "Hara and Healing"
There is an old Taoist saying which advises: "When you are sick, do not seek a cure. Find your center and you will be healed." "What is this Òcenter" of which the ancients spoke and what is its importance to natural healing?
Vol. 8, No. 3: "Water: The Overlooked Nutrient"
We can live weeks without food, but no more than a week without water. For health, we need a balance of fluids for all of our cells to function properly.Our bodies consists of from 50% to 80% water. These fluids are what carry nutrients, waste products, and minerals to our cells. The fluid in our bodies can be divided into two main groups: There is fluid inside our cells (intracellular fluid) and fluid outside our cells (extracellular fluid).
Vol. 8, No. 2: "Fibromyalgia"
Fibromyalgia is a condition that affects over 8 million Americans, 80% of them female. People with this chronic condition have symptoms of severe fatigue and multiple sites of aches and pain in their muscles, ligaments and tendons. Years ago, people with this condition were told they had fibrositis, myalgia, rheumatism or were just plain hypochondriacs.
Vol. 8, No. 1: "Food Allergies"
Many medical experts predict that between 50%-60% of all Americans have negative reactions to some foods. These reactions are not restricted to the intestinal tract but can also cause brain, immune system, genitourinary, musculoskeletal, respiratory and skin symptoms...
Vol. 7, No. 2: "The Law of Polarity"
Since ancient times there have been many seekers of Nature's secret laws of healing. One such doctor was Randolph Stone, DO., DC., who explored the world in hopes of determining the common denominator of all healing systems. He concluded that there is an unseen field of electro-magnetic energy that both runs and heals the body. Dr. Stone organized his discoveries into a method he called Polarity Therapy ...Vol. 7, No. 1: "Toxic or Tired?"
Fatigue is epidemic is our society. Common causes of this malady can vary from life-style choices to dietary indiscretions. Many people are aware that their exhaustion may come from poor food and emotional pressures, but an often overlooked factor is "auto-intoxication." Autotoxemia is poisoning with toxic substances formed within the body.
Vol. 6, No. 1: "The Importance of Posture"
There is an old adage that states: "The shape you are in determines the shape you are in." The implication is that the way one's body looks reflects one's general health. This idea goes back to the ancient Greeks who appreciated an erect and poised body in athletics and the arts, particularly statuary. Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, exhorted: "In all diseases, look to the spine."
Vol. 5, No. 1: "The Four Stages of Healing"
An understanding of how the body-mind becomes ill can be helpful in guiding us through the healing process. The body becomes ill and gets well in an orderly manner whether the stressor is nutritional, mechanical, or emotional. The stages of disease in the order of progression are Acute, Sub-acute, Chronic, and Degenerative. All stages are various degrees of a condition called "inflammation." ...
Vol. 4, No. 1: "The Healing Field"
Many people wonder what is the mechanism in the human body that co-ordinates our daily physiology and also heals illnesses and injuries. A simple finger cut, for example, goes through many stages of tissue healing. How does the body know what type of connective tissue to lay down and when the scar is ready to fall off? ...
Vol. 3, No. 6: "Understanding Your Gut Feelings"
Most of us believe that important decisions are made via the intellect or the reasoning part of the mind. Current scientific research reveals this to be only partially true. It appears that we think with our minds but experience our emotions from another locale within the body: the stomach area. ...
Vol. 3, No. 5: "Retracing: The Untold Story"
There is a belief among many health practitioners working with natural therapies that a person who is in the process of getting well may undergo some sort of a "healing reaction" in order to fully heal. The "healing crisis," as it is known, occurs at a point when the body's self-healing mechanism has begun to "retrace" its own history of illness in order to completely heal and rid itself of the accumulated residues of disease...
Vol. 3, No. 4: "May the Force Be With You"
The physicians of the ancient world believed that health comes from a power within the human body which they called "Vis Medicatrix Naturae" or the healing power of nature. The Greek physician-philosopher Plato observed that every living thing is activated by an "inherent vital principle" which both runs and heals the body-mind complex...
Vol. 3, No. 3: "Change Your Thinking...Change Your Life"
philosopher-psychologist Henry James observed almost a century
Vol. 3, No. 2: "Is It Mind? Is It Body? Is It Body-Mind?"
Except for a small number of physical complaints such as injuries or acute infections, there is an increasing array of health complaints being labeled as having a "stress-related" or emotional component. By current estimate, almost 90% of present health issues have emotional stress as a partial cause of disease. How can we, as health consumers, know if a disease derives from emotional or physical causes or from a combination of both? To find the answer to this question, it is helpful to look to the past. ...
Vol. 3, No. 1: "Fatigue and Its Remedies"At various times throughout our lives, all of us will experience a sense of tiredness or fatigue. Sometimes this feeling will last a day or two but, for some people, it can persist for months, years, or even a life-time. It is important to understand that serious fatigue, that is, fatigue that is not attributable to temporary over-exertion, is actually a symptom of some other process going on within the body-mind unit. Prolonged fatigue is not an illness in itself, but a manifestation of a health imbalance. ...
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