What is the Clinical Psycho-neuro-immunology approach?
The clinical psycho-neuro-immunology (cPNI) approach is based on the latest developments in the fields of psychology, neurology, endocrinology, immunology, evolutionary biology and epigenetics – underpinned by Nutritional Medicine and exercise to support the immune system.
cPNI is a cutting-edge scientific discipline that looks at how the systems of the body interact with each other. Your mind and body are inextricably linked through biochemical and nervous system pathways. It is impossible to separate the psyche from the soma. From an evolutionary aspect we are programmed for survival and so both your current environment and your past experiences will have an impact on your immune system and your level of health. Once the pathway to ill health has been traced, the route back to optimal health can follow.
For example, the initial response of the immune system is to begin to produce inflammation. It will produce this reaction whether it has picked up on a bacterial/viral infection or the production of stress hormones. If we suffer from chronic stress/anxiety/low mood and this immune reaction is allowed to go on for too long then another branch of the immune system can take over and this can manifest itself in autoimmune disease, allergies, chronic fatigue and digestive disorders, anxiety syndromes, depression etc
cPNI is firmly rooted in evolutionary biology and anthropology and this allows for concrete answers as to how your lifestyle may be impacting on the behaviour of your genes. This is known as the science of epigenetics. Only 2 – 5% of diseases are genetic which means it is epigenetic (lifestyle) factors that have the greatest impact on your health. It is therefore within your reach to live a healthy life and overcome chronic disease. Your genes may indicate a certain susceptibility but your lifestyle determines whether you will become ill and psycho-neuro-immunology can provide the answers you are looking for. So who would benefit from clinical psycho-neuro-immunology? Anyone looking to restore health or wishing to live a disease-free life.
What you may receive from the clinical psycho-neuro-immunological approach is recommendations on the following:
- Food as medicine i.e. nutritional therapy
- Supplements aimed at a therapeutic result e.g. to reduce inflammation
- Techniques to help reduce anxiety, depression, fear or anger or simply to help remove you from a place where you feel stuck
- Exercise recommendations that have a known benefit for the immune system.
- A deeper understanding of how your immune system is functioning and
- Knowledge of your pathway to ill health and what you can do to restore optimal health