Integrative Neuroscience at PranaMind

PranaMind believes the brain is always adapting to experiences. Depending on the situation and task demands, be it psychological, behavioral, or neurological, your brain neurons are either being created, i.e., neurogenesis or being modified, i.e., neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to form new neural connections and pathways to change how its neural circuits and networks are wired. Neurogenesis is the even more amazing ability of the brain to grow new neurons.

The PranaMind approach emphasizes neuro technologies that stimulate neuroplasticity to improve synchronization of neural circuits and networks connected to the brain’s neural processing system.

What is Neuroplasticity?

The science  of neuroplasticity is the cornerstone of PranaMind’s neurocognitive training approach and techniques. Neuroplasticity, also known as brain plasticity, is a term that refers to the brain’s ability to change and adapt because of experience. Neuro refers to neurons, the nerve cells that are the building blocks of the brain and nervous system, and plasticity refers to the brain’s malleability or flexibility.  

Neuroplasticity or brain plasticity describes the process by which your experiences re-organize your brain neural circuits and networks. The brain is always “rewiring” itself when we learn new things or memorize new information.

There are two main types of neuroplasticity:

Functional plasticity: The brain’s ability to move functions from a damaged area of the brain to other undamaged areas.

 Structural plasticity: The brain’s ability to change its physical structure as a result of learning. The strength of the connections between neurons (or synapses) changes.

Benefits of Neuroplasticity

There are many benefits of your brain’s neuroplasticity. It allows you to adapt and change, which helps promote:

  • Ability to learn new things
  • Ability to enhance existing cognitive capabilities
  • Recovery from strokes, traumatic brain injuries and concussions
  • Strengthening areas if some functions are lost or decline
  • Improvements that can promote your brain fitness

Research has shown individuals suffering from a variety of psychological conditions are capable of retraining or rewiring their brains to healthier functioning. Targeted neurofeedback training and neurocognitive training exercises are key to the PranaMind approach to strengthen and improving brain processing.

Non-invasive Treatment

One of the most attractive features of the PranaMind neuro technology based therapies is that they are drug free. At a time when people are more and more dependent on medications, with more and more side effects and negative interactions, it is exciting to move toward breakthroughs in health that are non-invasive.

What is neurogenesis?

Neurogenesis is the creation of fresh new brain cells. The term neurogenesis is made up of the words “neuro” meaning “relating to nerves” and “genesis” meaning the formation of something. Neurogenesis is the growth and connections of neurons throughout your lifespan—the process in which your brain adapts and updates itself. 

Until recently, it was believed that new neurons were not created after infancy. It has been discovered that the brain is constantly creating new connections as the result of new experiences. New experiences occur in many forms and for many reasons and at any time during our lifetime. The neurogenesis process can be dramatically accelerated with specific targeted neurofeedback and neurocognitive training exercises. 

Depending on where neurogenesis happens in the brain, its impact on the brain differs. For example, growing new brain cells in the hippocampus the brain seems to directly improve memory and learning. Neurogenesis in another area of the striatum, is linked to improved motor tasks, social skills, cognitive flexibility, and increases motivation. 

Neurogenesis is stimulated by your lifestyle choices.  What does this mean for you? You can change the way your brain functions. You can increase productivity, memory, focus, and your ability to learn quickly if you want to. Below are some of these tips on how you can increase neurogenesis on your own!

  • Eat More Blueberries

    Blueberries help promote neurogenesis while protecting the brain from cognitive decline.

  • Increase Your Omega-3’s

    Omega-3’s are great for your eyes, heart, and for fighting inflammation

  • Eat More Curcumin

    Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric and is associated with numerous benefits such as anti-inflammatory, heart health, and depression.

  • Drink More Green Tea

    Green tea is loaded with antioxidants and can help with brain function, fat loss, and potentially lower the risk of developing cancer.

  • Start a Meditation Practice

    It is thought to increase neurogenesis by reducing stress in the body and the mind.

  • Work on Learning New Skills

    Mental exercise and stimulation are crucial to the formation of new neurons.

  • Get More Restful Sleep

    Aim to get around 7-9 hours of sleep every night.

  • Use Mnemonic Devices

    A popular way of doing this is known as the Method of Loci, also referred to as the memory place or memory journey.

  • Exercise More Often

    Aerobic exercise has been shown to stimulate the birth of new neurons.

All-in-all, neurogenesis plays an important role in your general brain health and longevity and that it is possible to create neurons that improve your memory and thinking skills.