The Mind-Body Connection

In the general field of alternative medicine today, the notion of a mind-body connection is a prevalent topic of discussion. Magazines run ads for mind-body institutes, doctors write books on mind-body medicine, news reports discuss research on the biochemistry of mind-body interaction, etc. Although this appears to be a holistic approach, the very notion that there is a connection between the mind and the body implies that there is a split in the first place. This is primarily a model of modern western culture. In Chinese medicine, there is literally no language for distinguishing between body and mind. Physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of being are viewed on a continuum. They cannot, however, exist separately from one another.