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What is Psychoneuroimmunotherapy?

Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) also called as psychoneuroendocrinoimmunology (PNEI) and Psychoendocrinoneuroimmunology (PENI) is a new emerging branch in the field of psychology. PNI is essentially an integrative discipline. It is the study of the interactions among behavioral, neural and endocrine, and immune processes.

It seeks to shed light on how mental events and processes modulate the function of the immune system and how, in turn, immunological activity is capable of altering the function of the mind. Psychoneuroimmunology encompasses a sufficiently broad area of scientific research, from the molecular to the interpersonal; therefore, it has the potential to lead to the development of a more comprehensive model of health.

PNI can be defined as the study of interactions between behavior, neural and endocrine function, and immune processes. Ongoing research suggests that the mind and body share bidirectional influences, and the science of psychoneuroendoimmunology identifies specific mechanisms by which these mind-body changes are mediated.

The mind and body communicate in a bidirectional way continuously through chemical messengers. Positive and negative affective states probably create different neuroimmune responses in the body and thus influence health and recovery from illness. Two competing responses, the stress response and the relaxation response, counterbalance each other on an ongoing basis.


Paper 01: What is Psychoneuroimmunology?

Paper 02: Relation between CNS and Immune System

Paper 03:  PNI Holistic health

Paper 04: Practicals


Students pursuing their Bachelors or Masters degree in Psychology, Counsellors, Social  Workers, Medical Sociology, Occupational therapists, Rehabilitation Psychologist.


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