The Immune Brain Loop
How We Think and Feel Truly Affects Our Health PNI is the study of how we think and feel as it affects the neuroendocrine (hormone and nervous) and immune systems. For example, when a person is stressed they release powerful hormones, such as cortisol, which can suppress normal immune function as well as compromise adrenal gland function. It's crucial to take the emotional state into account when treating patients with chronic conditions. Contributing Disciplines to PNI: ► immunology ► psychology ► genetics ► behavioral medicine ► pharmacology ► psychiatry ► rheumatology ► infectious diseases ► physiology ► neuroscience ► molecular biology ► endocrinology In treating patients with chronic illnesses, the way they think, feel, and approach life's challenges are important factors to consider.
Holistic & Integrative Medicine