In Western medicine, we’re made of a dense physical body which can be serviced like a car. It’s maintained in good condition by prevention, treatment and cure in the form of medication, care and surgery.
Our body is kept in balance by our sympathetic nervous system, which facilitates action, and our parasympathetic nervous system, which facilitates rest and recovery. During stress, we experience pressures that outweigh our coping abilities. As a result, our body senses danger and activates our sympathetic nervous system. This can occur even without our awareness of the stressors.