The 3 Brains
The Brain is a complex system of nerve cells called neurons and glia and processing centers that enables it to act like a powerful computer which coordinates body-mind activities by receiving and sending signals throughout the nervous system. The brain regulates basic bodily functions by controlling all autonomic functions (not requiring our thinking/conscious participation) of our body including breathing, digestion, heart-beat, endocrine and immune system functions. It also acts in response to signals received from our 5 senses of perception (touch, taste, smell, hearing, sight). The brain also stores memories, assumptions, beliefs, attitudes as references that the brain accesses in every moment which color and influence our actions in the processes of daily living. Stress and emotions heavily influences the processing of this complex signaling system within the brain in a profound way and sends specific neuropeptides (chemical transmitters) throughout the body that impact how the body reacts.
The Heart Brain
The Heart was once believed to be just a circulation pump that helped circulate oxygenated blood and expel the waste gases through the process of respiration. We know that the heart is the first organ to beat within a developing fetus well before the brain develops. We now know that the heart muscles contain a complex network of neurons, neurotransmitters, proteins and is also an endocrine organ sending its own hormone signals to the rest of the body. The Electro-magnetic field (EMF) of the heart has been measured as being 60 times larger than the EMF of the brain and can be measured a few feet away. The field of neurocardiology studies functions of the heart as a brain and its impact as an organ on the rest of human physiology. The heart’s rhythms also affects how the brain processes signals sent to it and affects perception, emotional experiences and higher mental functions. The heart-brain is also credited with picking up signals outside of the 5-sensory perception field and has been shown to respond to surrounding EMFs of other living systems. In Chinese Medicine and other ancient systems, the heart is considered to be the seat of the Spirit and affects conscious thinking on all levels.
The Gut /Enteric Brain
We have known that the Brain has a close relationship with the stomach and the Gut (Small Intestine) where the very thought of eating delicious food triggers as a stimulus to release chemicals in the gut. There exists a close relationship between the brain and the gut that any GI disorders cannot be regarded without considering the effects of stress and emotions that a person is going through. We now know that there is a complex network of neurons (more than a 100 million neurons-more than the spine and the nervous system), and that the vagus nerve acts as a one-way transmitter of information from the in the gut to the brain. The gut or the Enteric brain as it is now known, is also equipped with its own sensory responses to stimuli and thoughts independently of the brain and carries over 95% of the serotonin (the feel good chemical or neurotransmitter that is responsible for mood and social behavior, appetite, digestion, sleep, memory, sexual desire and function. We also know that the Enteric brain regulates the microbiome as part of the body’s environment. In Chinese Medicine and ancient systems, the Small Intestine is considered to be the Yang organ partner of the Yin Heart organ by regulating fire and the feeding of the Spirit in the heart through the function of intellect, discernment and discrimination.
At the Center for Quantum Health, we consider the 3-Brains collectively, recognizing their correspondences and functions on the physiological, energetic and consciousness level, when addressing mind-body health. We look at these functions being in an intricate concert and symphony with each other while regulating the functions of the body-mind complex. Contact us today to see how we can help! www.centerforquantumhealth.com