Mind body medicine as the name itself says both mind and body are interconnected health of the mind depends on the health of the body and vice versa. But generally mind is the initiator for health. The healing power within us is more than enough for us to get well and to be fit. A sound mind has a sound body so think well and that is what you are and a sound body has a sound mind so exercise yourself to be fit and fine internally and externally.
“The power is yours and the choice is yours!”
Ancient mind body medicine
The ancient mind body medicine was and is ayurveda which says that there is a link between body and mind. But the current day medicine suggests that mind and body re two different aspects.
People with rheumatoid arthritis added fuel to the fire were depressed. The reason is everything is in the mind, changing the attitude, changes the world. The new field was called psychoneuroimmunology (“psycho” for psychology; “neuro” for neurology, or nervous system; and “immunology” for immunity).
Meditation could affect blood pressure. More understanding of the mind-body link came in 1975, It is said that mental and emotional cues could affect the immune system.
Focus on what you want rather than what you don’t want.
Biofeedback: it is an amazing technique generally used of controlling involuntary actions such as lowering heart beat. It is most often used to treat tension headache, migraine headache, and chronic pain.
Cognitive behavioral therapy: this technique is about getting present to what is the barrier in our mind may be a fear or any other negative thought. So auto suggestions and positive thoughts are of great help.
Relaxation techniques: There are 3 major types of relaxation techniques:
Autogenic training: it is all about creative visualization considering yourself in the place where you want to be and imagining and dreaming about it as if you are in the present and have such feelings and take actions until it gets manifest in physical reality.
Progressive muscle relaxation: it is all about tensing each and every part of your body one by one starting from toe and reaching your head part.
Meditation: You might be knowing about meditative techniques focusing on the same thought or on your breathing or on a single spot or repeating any mantra by following a deity.
Hypnosis: when human body relaxes and when the conscious and the subconscious mind are totally connected and is receptive of any kind of thoughts and suggestion. A hypnotherapist will help you out with positive thoughts and suggestion say if you are a person having phobia then by suggestion you will become courageous and empowering.
mind body medicine works if you believe it works. He is able to if he believes he is able to In 1989, for example, a clinical study at Stanford University School of Medicine demonstrated the power of the mind to heal. Of 86 women with late stage breast cancer, half received standard medical care while the other half received standard care plus weekly support sessions. In these sessions, the women were able to share both their grief and their triumphs. It was discovered that the women who participated in the social support group lived twice as long as the women who did not.
Mind-body medicine good for:
- High blood pressure
- Coronary heart disease
- Pain and nausea/vomiting related to chemotherapy
- Stomach and intestinal problems (including indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhea, ulcerative colitis, heartburn, and Crohn’s disease)
- Menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, depression, and irritability
- Mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression
- In an analysis of mind-body studies, researchers found that cognitive behavioral therapy is the most long lasting treatment for tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Relaxation techniques, hypnosis, and biofeedback also helped. Some researchers believe that chronic fatigue syndrome, which affects the immune system, can be treated with mind-body medicine.
Mind-body medicine should not make you feel that your attitude is the cause of your illness. Mind-body medicine is generally very safe and works well when combined with usual medical care. Each mind-body technique may have its own risks and side effects. Talk with your health care provider about any concerns you may have.
“The word has health has the word heal in it”