Heal Your Mind To Heal Your Gut
IBS is a disorder that affects the digestive tract and causes abnormal bowel movements
Chronic diseases, especially of gastrointestinal origin, can be completely healed, without any medication if and when their psychological (mental, emotional and behavioural) causes are healed. For which, it is absolutely necessary to heal the underlying unconscious conditioning (limiting blocks and beliefs), which give rise to the negative emotions and behaviours.
In order to understand this phenomenon, let’s take the case of IBS – irritable bowel syndrome. IBS is a disorder that affects the digestive tract and causes abnormal bowel movements. It’s considered to be a functional disorder, meaning there’s nothing wrong with the physical structure of the digestive tract.
The mind and the gut are intertwined in what scientists call the gut-brain axis, a 2-way signalling system between the brain and the gut. This links anxiety and IBS too. In the gut-brain axis, our thoughts, feelings, and environment lead to a release of chemicals that affect different processes in our bodies. With IBS and anxiety, the theory is that when one feels anxious, the body releases stress-related chemicals to the gut that can make it more sensitive and inflamed, which ultimately leads to abdominal pain, a change in your gut bacteria, and abnormal bowel movements.
In the other direction, a poorly functioning gut has been linked to mental health problems. This is because the brain depends on chemicals and hormones that are made by the bacteria in the gut. In fact, over 90% of serotonin is made in the gut! Serotonin is an important chemical that controls mood and helps control anxiety levels. Mental health problems can occur when there is too much or too little of it, causing a vicious circle. An intervention that can break this vicious circle by addressing the deep-seated fears and related anxiety, for example, is that which can permanently reverse such a condition.
One of the most potent modalities of addressing such mental, emotional and behavioural dysfunctions, including their underlying causes, hidden in the unconscious, is Bach Flower therapy.
“Disease of the body itself is nothing but the result of disharmony between soul and mind. It is only a symptom of the cause and, as the same cause will manifest differently, in nearly every individual, seek to remove this cause and the after-results, whatever they may be, will disappear automatically,” says Dr. Edward Bach, discoverer of Bach Flower remedies, used to restore mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.
Bach Flower therapy stands out amongst other alternative therapies for the following five reasons:
i. The remedies used do not have any chemicals. They are purely vibrational, carrying energetic imprints of the flowers they are derived from. Thus, the therapy is absolutely safe and without any side effects.
ii. Needs minimal investment of time and effort. No long sessions, other than 30 to 60 mins of a consultation, maybe once a month.
iii. There is no contamination. No material or individual is involved in the healing process. It’s the flowers that heal. Thus, eliminating possibility of any ‘shadow’ of the therapist unintentionally being cast on the patient.
iv. As the remedies used are absolutely safe and without any side effects, the therapy is highly sustainable and can / must be made a way of life. They can be taken along with other medicines, both alternatives as well allopathic, without the efficacy being reduced.
v. Bach Flower therapy is ideal for sustained wellness and can be taken proactively to prevent illness.
This therapy is fast emerging as the future panacea, because if just by healing the consciousness, the mind, the vital body and the gross body can be healed, then why depend on toxic chemicals and dependence-creating modalities, why not work it through the power of consciousness?
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