What Is Mind-Body Medicine?
Mind-body medicine focuses on the interactions between the body and the mind and operates on the principle that our thoughts, feelings and behaviors can have a profound effect on our health. Self-care is at the heart of mind-body medicine. A wealth of research has shown that we can use the mind-body-spirit connection to decrease stress, treat disease and promote health and a state of well-being.
In Mind-body medicine, conventional western approaches are often used in conjunction with other forms of medicines such as Chinese traditional medicine, naturopathy, nutrition, chiropractic, and homeopathy to name a few. Mindfulness meditation, yoga, hypnosis, biofeedback and other spiritual and relaxation practices are also often part of an integrative healing plan.
Group support has been demonstrated to be an important component of the healing process. This particular small group model, developed by James Gordon, MD and the Center For Mind-Body Medicine in Washington DC has been used with many different populations including survivors of war trauma and natural disaster, veterans and military personnel, cancer survivors, medical students and other health care providers. The model has been shown to produce highly significant and lasting changes in levels of post-traumatic stress and depression in trauma survivors as well as a reduction in chronic stress levels and a greater sense of life satisfaction in a more general population. For more information about mind-body medicine and research results go to cmbm.org