Neuroadaptability and Habit: Modern Medicine and Ayurveda
Department of Physiology and Health, Maharishi International University, Fairfield Iowa, USA
This paper was published on 21 January 2021, in Medicina, the peer reviewed scientific journal of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences issued in collaboration with the Lithuanian Medical Association, Vilnius University, Rīga Stradiņš University, the University of Latvia, and the University of Tartu.
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.
The human body has a remarkable ability to resist external change and maintain internal order and coherence through homeostasis, a concept at the foundation of physiology and medicine. Neuroadaptability provides a measure of how effectively these homeostatic mechanisms are working at the neural level. 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.
Neurophysiological response to the many threats/challenges coming at us from our environment depends on the type of challenge and the individual’s neuroadaptability. In this paper, the authors examine neuroadaptability and how it affects health from the perspective of modern medicine and Ayurveda.
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The full text of the paper is available here: Keith Wallace & Ted Wallace Neuroadaptability Medicina 57-00090.pdf