Neuroadaptability and Habit: Modern Medicine and Ayurveda

Medicina (Kaunas). 2021 Jan 21;57(2):90. doi: 10.3390/medicina57020090.


In our increasingly stressed world, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic, the activation of the threat network in everyday situations can adversely affect our mental and physical health. Neurophysiological response to these threats/challenges depends on the type of challenge and the individual's neuroadaptability. Neuroadaptability is defined as the ability of the nervous system to alter responsiveness over time to reoccurring stimuli. Neuroadaptability differs from neuroplasticity, which is more inclusive and refers to the ability of the nervous system to change and learn from any experience. We examine neuroadaptability and how it affects health from the perspective of modern medicine and Ayurveda.

Keywords: Ayurveda; P4 medicine; Transcendental Meditation; diet; disease; gut bacteria; integrative medicine; lifestyle; neuroadaptive; prevention; stress.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Habits*
  • Humans
  • Medicine, Ayurvedic* / psychology
  • Stress, Psychological / prevention & control
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology