MB research is a burgeoning field. “The health benefits of mind-body medicine have barely touched the surface of what it offers for future health and well-being,” says Jim Massey, N.D. Techniques that have received the most research attention are those that have variables we can measure easily, such as physical changes in health, changes in hormone levels, and changes in self-reports of emotional states. Therapeutic Touch, meditation (various styles), acupuncture/acupressure, yoga, and biofeedback are some of the most commonly researched. But the results are mixed. Evidence shows that these techniques are beneficial for alleviating or reducing pain, anxiety, and emotional stress. But benefits depend on a wide variety of factors including age, gender, social support, and use of other interventions. It makes for complicated research!
- Magnetic Therapy
- Therapeutic Touch
- Flower Essence Therapies
- Spiritual Healing
- Chronic Pain
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Chronic Fatigue
- Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure
- Cancer (in dealing with psychological factors & pain)
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Depression, Anxiety
- Digestive Dysfunction
- Menstrual Dysfunction
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