Pain Relief: From Physiology to Neurology | Sadhguru @ Harvard Medical School

Pain Relief: From Physiology to Neurology | Sadhguru @ Harvard Medical School

Sadhguru: The neurological system in the body,
if we have a way of monitoring that, killing the pain completely at certain moments when we want. Just by touching certain parts of the body… Nicholas D. Schiff:
Well let me pose you a question Sadhguru. So we can perhaps work as individuals to… now that I know I take away wakefulness
and not consciousness, right? Make to move towards consciousness and that’s an individual’s decision to maybe train in this particular way. So is there some way that we can
harness these insights like you have? Harness these… this understanding,
and use it as anesthesiologists to take care of patients? Because if we can reduce it to…
or if we can adapt it, I shouldn’t say reduce, if we can adapt it in that way, you know
that would be very, very helpful because we would be using the powers in a way that would control, have to use the word the brain in a way that would be perhaps more,
more physiologic? Sadhguru: I’m not the expert in the subject but you are asking me the question I’ll (Laughs) say something, but you are the expert in anesthesiology is it?
Nicholas D. Schiff: Yeah. Sadhguru: I’m sorry (Laughs). I… In my simple understanding, anesthesia
as a process has come into being in this world or is existing right now, because there is pain. Pain when it happens to us is a bad thing,
nobody wants pain. But at the same time, if there was no pain, most people would not even know how to preserve their own body. See wherever there is no pain
in how many ways they’ve cut it (Laughter). Suppose there was no pain in your nose,
they would have cut it in various shapes (Laughter), it’s part of the fashion (Laughter). If there was no pain at all believe me, they would have pulled out intestines and swing it on the street, and go (Laughter). You have any doubt about that? Nicholas D. Schiff: None whatsoever (Sadhguru Laughs)
(Laughter/Applause). Sadhguru: So, essentially because there is
pain in the body, and pain is a protective mechanism because most human beings still don’t have the necessary intelligence even to preserve themselves. If there was no pain, even if a bicycle comes people step back, don’t think this is out of civilization, consequence of pain (Few laugh). If there was no pain, even if a truck comes
they would just walk (Laughter). Yes, they would. So, because of pain… So pain is essentially a protective mechanism for us. Without it, people wouldn’t know how to stay alive,
how to stay in one piece. They would’ve cut themselves into pieces. So… But sometimes as what is called as surgery,
is in some way cutting people up. Nicholas D. Schiff: Sure. Sadhguru: So you… it has become a necessity to cut someone – how to cut them with minimum amount of disturbance to the system, that’s the whole effort. So in this effort as you said, essentially
you’re disengaging different parts of the brain. I don’t know if it’s an exact science,
or it’s generally getting disengaged. Whichever way it is getting effectively disengaged that people go through surgeries without even knowing what happened, when something major was done with them. Their ribs were opened up and… ribcage was opened up, heart was opened up, brain was opened up, they don’t even know what happened. Very innocently, they wake up after a day
or so whatever amount of time. So this is anesthesia. How could we use… see one… one dimension because when… when you…
when we were speaking in the room when you said, essentially, if I’m wrong please correct me, you’re monitoring the physiological systems of heartbeat, blood pressure and temperature… Nicholas D. Schiff: Brainwaves. Sadhguru: Whatever else, the physiological factors. If, I don’t know if it’s even a possibility, but if… if you find a way to monitor neurological system ignoring the physiological system completely… See, the concern may be the moment you
somebody on the table and start opening the body, the concern of a doctor or a surgeon may be that
you don’t want him dead on the table. So you’re watching his heartbeat, you’re
watching his pulse and you’re watching his all the other parameters. I understand and appreciate that concern but instead of… okay let’s leave the physiological monitoring as it is, but if we have a way, I don’t know if there is a way in the medical science,
if we monitor the neurological system. Not just the brain, the neurological system in the body
if we have a way of monitoring that, I think the entire art of anesthesia could
raise to a different level at a very minimal interference. It could happen, because why I’m saying this is
there is something called as Marma in yoga and also in what is called as Kalari
in south India, it’s a certain form of martial art. Marma is a way of creating… killing the
pain completely at certain moments when we want, just by touching certain parts of the
body, handling body in a certain way. So essentially what we are doing is,
the neurological system we’re shutting it off, and there is no pain at all. We can go ahead and do what we have to do
and only when we release it, the pain will come back. So using that as a basis I’m saying, if medical science has a way of monitoring the neurological impulse as it’s happening, and if there is some way to introduce… introduce anesthetics in whatever form that you use. I don’t know all the cocktails that are used,
but if it is done properly, probably – I’m just guessing, I’m not an expert on this – probably with two percent or three percent
of your medicine, you could still have the same effect on the patient. Because how you use any medicine on the body
and how you use it on the neurological system, I would one percent of what you use on the
muscle if you use it on the nerve, it would produce equal effect. Nicholas D. Schiff: But it’s interesting
because I… I think what you are saying has contact also
with the work that… that we do in the recovery phase and there are people now looking very carefully at
cardiac and brain interactions. And… and they do signal some of these changes, and it’s suggestive that maybe more of the body could be engaged in the way we think and measure and that makes a lot of sense to me actually.


  1. I think this professor hv not done inner engineering… this is explained by sadhguru in very 1st class.. giving example of a machine(body) working without lubricant(pain) will break into pieces…

  2. Sadhguru, could one then use the modality of Reiki energy to reduce/heal pain in the same way that "marma" (pardon me if spelling is incorrect) is used to shut down the neurological system to aid pain relief? I would be eternally greatful to get an answer. 🙏🇿🇦

  3. Namaskaram Sadghuru. This came in such amazing timing, the synchronicity is spot on. We are blessed to have you.

  4. Unbelievable, extra ordinary, magnificent, mystical, store house of spirituality and a great orator.
    A complete man close to God and serving humanity. We are blessed to have you Guru.

  5. So I've listened to him for over 200 hours now maybe. I'm drowned in with information and some amount of knowledge. Yet, the stature he has answer to every question and the way he explains that shakes the belief system of people of that stature is pure bliss to watch.

  6. Sir Vo Jo purana video hai Reservation ka Vo Hindi me dubbed nhi hai. To plz us video ko dubbed karke upload kijiye.. Sir plz

  7. guru hi param me suraj chaudhary me Jana Jaya hu aap har porem ka Hal Kar that hai plaej Kya me porem ka Hal ho jayega me ek bahat Badi porem me hu me mirgi rog de bahat position hu plaej ko koi Hal dude

  8. Autistic children do not feel pain, how does this apply to what Guruji is talking abt, n why we need to wake up the feelings for autistic children, in terms of sensory.

  9. You are a person with dwarfism and your growth discs are completely closed. This causes a constant chronic pain in the body. You can't sleep, you can't live without a constant sense of pain. What advice do you have for such a person? How can this pain be released? Using this as an example but there are many more examples of people in constant physical pain which doesn't get fully explained in many spiritual teaching. Thanks you for responding!

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