The first medical article written about Mind Body Medicine was written in 1992 by K. R. Pelletier.
Over the last 25+ years there have been a number of scientists that have jumped into the study of Mind Body Medicine.
PsychologyToday says: “If you ask NCCAM, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, they’ll tell you it’s a field that “uses a variety of techniques designed to enhance the mind’s capacity to affect bodily function and symptoms.” The standard treatment approaches used in mind-body medicine include meditation, prayer, and creative outlets.”
These are also other forms of Mind Body Medicine Modalities
Aromatherapy, Art Therapy, Bach-Flower Therapy, Biofeedback, Constellation Therapy, Feldenkrais method, Flower essences, Hatha yoga, Healing touch, Hypnotherapy, Journaling, Magnet Therapy, Music Therapy, Nontouch Biofield Therapy- Qigong, Reiki (touch and nontouch), Rebirthing-Breathwork, Reiki, Self-hypnosis, Somatic Experiencing, Support Groups, Tai Chi, Visualization, Yoga.
I want to introduce more people to Mind Body Medicine practices because it has been an anchor for me.
One of my favorite books that I have ever read is called: “The Body Keeps The Score.” Our body holds on to stress and that can transform into illness.
Chronic stress causes the body to release cytokines that cause inflammation throughout the body. Chronic stress impairs the immune system.
Dr. Joe Dispenza says: Meditation means to become familiar with.
I soon after heard that “Chronic Illness is a form of meditation, because it is the body telling the mind to pay attention.”
I then ran into this quote in my personal study:
“Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know.” – Pema Chodron
My path right now is learning to meditate and learn the things I need to learn before my body starts to break down. My wellness is holy to me. I am trying to figure out more ways to process difficult and raw emotions.
One of the best things for the immune system is “Rest and Restore”. That is a really difficult thing to do in Western Society because we are such task masters. We place our self worth on what we have accomplished, instead of how we are feeling.
Why is that?
Bring in the Parasympathetic Nervous System. Calm the nervous system.
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