Ictus, brain and mudra (shouyin)

The human brain possesses a remarkable capacity to adapt and change in response to experiences and environmental stimuli, known as brain plasticity or neuroplasticity. This process occurs through the restructuring of synaptic connections between neurons and the formation of new synapses.

The practice of mudras can be seen as a form of sensory stimulation that can enhance brain neuroplasticity. In fact, the finger and hand exercises involved in mudras can activate different brain areas, including the motor, sensory, and cerebellar cortices.

Specifically, the practice of mudras can promote neuroplasticity in the brain areas involved in hand motor control, improving muscle strength and fine motor coordination. This could be particularly beneficial for patients who have suffered a stroke or have hand motor difficulties following trauma or neurological disease.

Furthermore, the practice of mudras can influence cognitive function by stimulating brain areas involved in memory, attention, and visuospatial processing. For example, certain mudras have been associated with improvements in short-term memory and concentration.

In summary, the practice of mudras represents a form of complementary therapy that can be used to enhance hand motor function and associated cognitive functions. However, it is important to note that scientific research in this field is still limited, and further studies are needed to fully understand the effects of mudras on brain neuroplasticity and overall health.