July 12, 2012 Presenter: Dr. Joie Power, Ph.D.
Psychoneuroimmunology: The Science of the Mind/Body Connection and what it means for the Practice of Aromatherapy
Psychoneuroimmunology is the branch of biomedical science that explores the relationships between the nervous system, emotions, and the endocrine and immune systems. It is the science of the mind/body connection and it is concerned with the links between our states of mind and our states of health. It is one piece of a very complex puzzle - the puzzle of what creates and maintains health and well-being. In this teleconference, Dr. Joie Power will present an easy to understand explanation of the operation of the mind/body connection through the hypothalamic/adrenocortical axis (HPA axis) and will discuss the host of chronic health problems that arise from continuing over-activation of this system. Finally, she will explore the ways in which aromatherapy can impact well-being through modulation of the processes that occur in the HPA axis when it is activated by stress.
“Because inhaled aromas give direct access to the brain’s limbic system, including the hypothalamus, they have great potential to modulate the stress response and calm an over-active HPA axis; this is where aromatherapists can, in some cases, revitalize those with chronic health problems and, ultimately, even save lives.” Joie Power, Ph.D.
About the Presenter:
Dr. Joie Power is a retired board certified neuropsychologist and former Assistant Professor of Surgery/Neurosurgery at the Medical College of Georgia, where she performed intra-operative cortical mapping with renowned neurosurgeon Herman Flanigan, M.D. She has over 20 years of clinical experience in both in-patient and out-patient settings and during her years of practice has also been both a practitioner and student of alternative healing methods, including herbal medicine, aromatherapy, Reiki, Chinese Medicine, and other energetic healing systems. Her extensive formal training and experience in the olfactory and limbic systems of the brain give her a unique qualification for understanding the actions of essential oils in the body.
Dr. Power is the founder and former owner of Dreaming Earth Botanicals and is now a clinical consultant for Artisan Aromatics as well as an internationally known writer and teacher in the fields of aromatherapy and alternative medicine. Her approach to aromatherapy weaves together her solid scientific training and strong clinical skills with a holistic philosophy that honors body, mind and spirit. Joie is a Professional Member of NAHA and a Moderator for the NAHA Members Only Group for the topic: PSN and Aromatherapy.
To learn more about Dr. Joie Power, please visit her website: www.aromatherapy-school.com