Very little attention in the medical literature is paid to the functioning of a perfectly healthy mind in a perfectly healthy body. I highlighted the mind here with a reason. To be exact, conventional medicine largely ignores the mind as the ultimate manager of all functions of the body, and therefore ignores the role of the patient’s ultimate command over his own body.
The current scientific model of the human body is electrochemical (biochemical). The body is divided into many different organs, each producing and/or accepting various biochemical compounds. The nervous system somehow (?) produces electrical impulses controlling the lot. These electrical impulses cause various organs to produce complex chemical reactions. Going deeper into details, DNA, the chemical messenger theory etc. the picture becomes complex beyond comprehension, and still does not explain the wonderful functioning of our body. Medicine accepts, that the “program” controlling all vital functions of the body is embedded in our “subconscious mind” (the “sub” probably meaning that this part is considered lower or less important).
The orthodox sciences treat our conscious thinking mind as the highest possible, and yet they all admit that using it, they cannot comprehend and explain how their own bodies function in detail and why.
In contrast, yogis for thousands of years demonstrate that it is possible to control every function of their body (including the stopping of the heart for a couple of days) by learning to attain higher states of consciousness.