Hippocrates: "Every illness first starts from the soul and then ends up in the body"

Updated: Mar 31, 2019

According to Hippocrates, every illness and disease starts first from the soul and then ends up in the body. Somewhere there begins the definition of the psychosomatic symptom. Based on this, Hippocrates used to emphasize the importance of first-order treatment of the soul and body extension. Nowadays we tend to ignore or downplay our great power to be aware of our mental state, feelings and thoughts that come from it, and especially how they affect our physical health.

According to research, some already psychosomatic symptoms are diagnosed as diseases. They are usually associated with anxiety and other stressful mental states. In particular, how does the mental pain manifest in the body?

- Pain in the low back suggests a lot of weight in the person's life. A person with responsibilities and many obligations usually has back and low back discomfort. Back pain in particular has to do with issues and anxiety of economic nature, as well as the lack of support from the environment.

- Stomach and intestinal complaints usually have to do with fear, lack of self-esteem and self-confidence. People with insecurity often have abdominal pains.

- Headache. Head pain is associated with persistence, rigor and the need for control. Usually people suffering from frequent headaches are perfectionists, demanding with others but mainly with themselves.

- People with joint pains and especially knees, are "stiff" and proud. These people are usually strong and not as intertwined as characters.

In general, psychosomatic problems are mainly experienced by people with stress. Those who manage their lives with tension. Anger, inhibited desires, neglect of oneself are important causes of psychosomatic symptoms.

Simply put, the biological process that occurs when we feel stress and anxiety causes inflammation and then problems in our body. Every time we feel stress produces a hormone in our body called cortisol. Cortisol is particularly "constructive" especially during periods of "being threatened" by anything, as it mobilizes us and this is needed in these cases.

However, cortisol is also considered to be the predominant stress hormone. When stress increases to high levels over a long period of time (such as depression), cortisol levels in the body are high and cause unwanted effects, damaging him. In this way, cytokines, which are the proteins responsible for immunological issues and the proper functioning of cells, grow. The result of all this process is the creation of inflammations in our body that contribute to the onset of diseases.

In any case, before we can interpret a symptom as a psychosomatic, we must have ruled out that it is the result of a purely biological disease that has, for example, corresponding symptoms. Also, we should not be terrified by the fact that we are experiencing an intense stressful moment that does not last long, as it does not imply that this will lead us to a psychosomatic reaction. On the contrary, it can also be beneficial on a case-by-case basis.

Usually psychosomatic problems arise when anxiety becomes chronic, when it lasts a long time. For example, we may not show high, but moderate stress, for months or even years. In this case, it is most likely that we eventually develop a psychosomatic symptom rather than a stressful one, but of a very short duration.

What matters is to try to eliminate the ugly thoughts that accumulate and usually lead to destruction and then expressed in our body. Also, as we often say, express our feelings before they are "stored" within us and become toxic. Quite simply, talk, because when he does not speak his mouth, he speaks the body.

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