Noetic Science - The Mind-Body Medicine
Noetic science or Noetic theory is a fast-emerging field of science making major breakthroughs in mind-body medicine. The word 'noetic' comes from the Greek word noe'sis meaning 'inner wisdom'. Noetic science is a branch of alternative medicine that deals with healing the body and bringing about homeostasis with the power of the mind. It is the next big thing in the field of research and introductory medicine, and is now gaining importance in many parts of the world.
The human mind is an extraordinary organ, and has the capability to reach unimaginable feats, and this fact was understood by our ancestors as well. For example, it is amazing how Sir Isaac Newton, considered just an average student in school, was able to accomplish and understand such complicated theories of physics.
The placebo effect, which is of great use in the health industry, is yet another example of the hidden potential of the human brain. Physical and mental pain can both be effectively reduced by learning to calm and compel the mind, and make it believe that there's no pain.
Noetic sciences strive to bring light to these and many other factors of the mind that may prove to be beneficial to the mankind globally though like any other major form of alternative medicine, Noetic sciences have faced their share of criticism and controversies due to lack of enough evidence to support their effectiveness as a form of medicine.
Most traditional systems of medicine, including Ayurveda, treat diseases taking into consideration the complex mind-body relationship. In view of this, scientists have developed a new discipline of medicine called psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) which deals with the relationship between psychological, behavioral, immune and nervous system functioning.
Noetic science, or the science of consciousness, is the next step that includes physics (quantum computing) as well. It goes beyond PNI and views energy as the underlying pattern of the universe. The mind-body healing in Noetic theory is based on the fact that there is an unimaginable amount of power in the human mind, and that every material thing existing around a human mind is the result of a mere thought or conscious awareness whereby intentionality, consciousness and universal energy field cause potential healing.
The law of attraction, popularly depicted through the movie 'The Secret', works hand in hand with this belief. Positive thoughts are believed to be powerful enough to encourage their materialization in the plane of consciousness around. Extensive studies conducted on this fact have proven that a single thought actually has a particular weight!
In the US, and other countries, researches carried out have shown that thoughts can actually affect the direction in which plants grow, the shape in which the bacteria on a culture plate grow, and stimulate healing of damaged cells.
Extraordinary feats are expected to be accomplished in the next few years in the field of Noetic science, and maybe, in the very near future, we may be able to heal cancer just by the power of 'thought'.