by Marinus Jan Marijs
Psychosomatic: “Pertaining to the relation between mind and body,” from Gk. psykhe- “mind” (see psyche) + somatikos, from soma (gen. somatos) “body.” Applied from 1938 to physical disorders with psychological causes. It can as easily apply to emotional disorders with physical causes.
There is the great difficulty doctors and biologists have, to make sense of the effects that mental visualizations and intentions have on biochemical processes in the human body, especially neuropeptides and the immune system.
The subjective experience seems to generate objective physical changes in biochemical processes.