Neuroadaptability and Habit: Modern Medicine and Ayurveda

Author: Robert Keith Wallace1, Ted Wallace1
1 Department of Physiology and Health, Maharishi International University, Fairfield, IA 52556, USA.
Conference/Journal: Medicina (Kaunas)
Date published: 2021 Jan 21
Other: Volume ID: 57 , Issue ID: 2 , Pages: 90 , Special Notes: doi: 10.3390/medicina57020090. , Word Count: 120

In our increasingly stressed world, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic, the activation of the threat network in everyday situations can adversely affect our mental and physical health. Neurophysiological response to these threats/challenges depends on the type of challenge and the individual's neuroadaptability. Neuroadaptability is defined as the ability of the nervous system to alter responsiveness over time to reoccurring stimuli. Neuroadaptability differs from neuroplasticity, which is more inclusive and refers to the ability of the nervous system to change and learn from any experience. We examine neuroadaptability and how it affects health from the perspective of modern medicine and Ayurveda.

Keywords: Ayurveda; P4 medicine; Transcendental Meditation; diet; disease; gut bacteria; integrative medicine; lifestyle; neuroadaptive; prevention; stress.

PMID: 33494269 DOI: 10.3390/medicina57020090