The Dynamic Neural Retraining System is a pioneering mind-body program developed by Annie Hopper.

It focuses on the idea that many complex, chronic illnesses can actually be the result of a brain that is stuck in a state of fight or flight.

In DNRS, this is termed limbic system dysfunction. The limbic system is the part of the brain that regulates our emotional and behavioral responses, and also our response to threats– the fight or flight mechanism. It includes the amygdala, which causes us to feel fear, and the hippocampus, one of the most important parts of the brain for memory.

Essentially, the idea behind limbic system dysfunction is that the brain is stuck in “danger” mode, and the program works to restore it to a healthy state.

DNRS isn’t just for mast cell issues– people have used it to recover from a wide variety of conditions. And if you look at the stories of the different people who have recovered using DNRS, you’ll find that the symptoms they had were all very different.

That’s because in DNRS, the focus is not on the symptoms– it’s on rewiring the brain.  

DNRS relies the concept of neuroplasticity– meaning the brain can change, based on new experiences.

If the brain can be changed by trauma– whether it’s emotional or physical– into a chronic state of fight or flight– it can also change back into a healthy state. 

That’s where DNRS comes in.  When you do the program, you are essentially following a series of steps, writing exercises, and visualizations– every day– to help the brain form new, healthy pathways.

It’s more than just positive thinking– it’s more like a practice. 

I think of it like this.  We all know we should think positively.  We all know we should occasionally do things to calm down our system, such as meditate.

But DNRS really takes it a step further.  It’s not just about relaxation– it’s actually about building new brain pathways.

It was honestly hard for me to overcome my skepticism at first. But I really couldn’t argue with some of the testimonials, including from both of my doctors and my friend Erin, who I met at a support group.

So I basically started doing it in spite of the fact that I was so skeptical– and found that it really worked.

I truly believe DNRS is an amazing option that can help a lot of people, especially people with mast cell issues.

I’ll be explaining a lot more about DNRS, and how it helped me, on this blog.

For more, check out the following posts and links:

The Dynamic Neural Retraining System official site

What inspired me to try DNRS?

Can DNRS help with EDS and hypermobility conditions?