Control Pain & Heal Faster with Your Brain | Episode 9
01 MAR 2021

Control Pain & Heal Faster with Your Brain | Episode 9

Huberman Lab by Dr. Andrew Huberman

Control Pain & Heal Faster with Your Brain | Episode 9

In this episode I describe the science of how and why pain arises in the body and brain, and how we can actively control our experience of pain. I discuss inflammation, stress, acupuncture, limb damage and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). I review protocols that leverage the lymphatic and nervous system to accelerate pain relief and healing in a variety of situations. Other topics discussed include how heat versus cold impacts neurons and wounds, red-light, sunlight, stem cells and more. 

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Timestamps below.

  • 00:00:00 Introduction/Avenues for Support
  • 00:04:58 Deliberate Unlearning
  • 00:06:43 Pain, Injury and Regeneration
  • 00:09:17 A System of Touch (Somatosensation)
  • 00:11:42 Pain and Injury are Dissociable
  • 00:15:19 Objective versus Subjective Control of Experience
  • 00:16:15 Plasticity of Perception
  • 00:16:41 Lack of Pain Is Self-Destructive; So Is Excessive Pain
  • 00:18:42 Homoculous, Ratonculous, Dogunculus
  • 00:19:05 “Sensitivity” explained
  • 00:21:30 Inflammation
  • 00:22:24 Phantom Limb Pain
  • 00:24:00 Top-down Relief of Pain by Vision
  • 00:26:41 From Deaf to Hearing Sounds
  • 00:28:10 Pain Is In The Mind & Body
  • 00:29:44 Recovering Movement Faster After Injury
  • 00:35:00 Don’t Over Compensate
  • 00:37:34. Concussion, TBI & Brain Ageing
  • 00:40:49 The Brain’s Sewage Treatment System: Glymphatic Clearance
  • 00:43:05 Body Position & Angle During Sleep
  • 00:44:30 Types of Exercise For Restoring & Maintaining Brain Health
  • 00:47:33 Ambulance Cells in The Brain
  • 00:49:20 True Pain Control by Belief and Context
  • 00:51:45 Romantic Love and Pain
  • 00:55:05 Dopaminergic Control of Pain
  • 00:57:15 Acupuncture: Rigorous Scientific Assessment
  • 01:07:32 Vagus Activation and Autonomic Control of Pain
  • 01:08:30 Inflammation, Turmeric, Lead and DHT
  • 01:11:40 Adrenalin: Wim Hof, Tummo, “Super-Oxygenation” Breathing
  • 01:14:53 Protocols For Accelerating Tissue Repair & Managing Pain
  • 01:17:55 Ice Is Not Always Nice (For Pain and Injury): Sludging, Fascia, Etc.
  • 01:22:02 Chronic and/or Whole Body Pain; Red-Light Therapy, Sunlight
  • 01:26:10 Glymphatics and Sleep
  • 01:26:29 Stem Cells, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP: Shams, Shoulds and Should Nots
  • 01:31:38 Young Blood: Actual Science
  • 01:35:44 Synthesis, Support & Resources

Please note that The Huberman Lab Podcast is distinct from Dr. Huberman's teaching and research roles at Stanford University School of Medicine. The information provided in this show is not medical advice, nor should it be taken or applied as a replacement for medical advice. The Huberman Lab Podcast, its employees, guests and affiliates assume no liability for the application of the information discussed.

[Title Card Photo Credit: Mike Blabac]