Our mind body connection
Increasingly US universities have departments devoted to Mind Body Research including Harvard, Columbia, California and Pittsburg, and the UK has its own flourishing Somatics departments in Universities such as Chichester, Coventry, Edinburgh and Lancashire. And recent research shows how our mental functions, emotions, and bodily processes are not separate – but linked by mutually interactive neurochemical processes.
Candace Pert, former Chief of Brain Biochemistry at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has explored through her research how the mind links the body and brain and how our emotions are the biochemical messengers that carry information to link the major body systems into one unit we call the ‘bodymind’.
‘The body and mind are not separate, and we cannot treat one without the other. My research has shown me that the body can and must be healed through the mind, and the mind can and must be healed through the body.’ Pert (1997:274) 
This Western contemporary thought affirms the belief in Chinese medicine, as in other ancient healing systems of Asia, Africa, Native America and some parts of Ancient Europe and other Indigenous cultures that our bodies have a Holistic Intelligence.