The original meaning of the Greek word
Physiology is study of nature.
In the course of time it came to be identified with
the functioning of the living beings.
Thus today we have Plant Physiology, Bacterial
Physiology, Animal Physiology, Human Physiology
In Human Physiology we have; Molecular
Physiology, Cell Physiology, Endocrine
Physiology, Cardiovascular Physiology,
Respiratory Physiology and so on.
In Applied Human Physiology we have Space
Physiology, Sports Physiology, Exercise
Physiology, High Altitude Physiology,
Environmental Physiology, Clinical Physiology etc.
The concept of Human Physiology is getting
holistic and closer to its original meaning, because
of the appreciation of the interactions of
everything in the external and internal
environments and also the effects of what
happened in the past; on human life!!
In future; Human Physiology appears to embody
comprehending and experiencing the subtle
interrelationships between human consciousness
and rest of the nature and expressing or applying
this wisdom in the individual and social life!
The insights of Psychology, Parapsychology and
ancient disciplines of medicine such as Ayurveda,
Chinese Medicine, Yoga and the insights of
traditional wisdom and those of enlightened
individuals are likely to play a great role in this.
Dr. Shriniwas Kashalikar