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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 52  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 233-239

Psyche and soma: New insights into the connection


1 M.S. Ramaiah Medical College and Hospital, Bangalore, India
2 Departments of Psychiatry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, USA; Biotechnology, Acharya Nagarjuna University, AP, India

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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.69238

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The interaction of Psyche and Soma are well known and this interaction happens through a complex network of feedback, medication, and modulation among the central and autonomic nervous systems, the endocrine system, the immune system, and the stress system. These systems, which were previously considered pristinely independent, in fact, interact at myriad levels. Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) is an emerging discipline that focuses on various interactions among these body systems and provides the underpinnings of a scientific explanation for what is commonly referred to as the mind-body connection. This article reviews the relevant literature with an emphasis on Indian research.



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