Mind/Body Medicine: What Is It All About?

“Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. Our food should be our medicine. Our medicine should be our food. But to eat when you are sick, is to feed your sickness.” – Hippocrates (460 BC – 377 BC)

Ever heard the phrase mind over matter?  This term refers to idea that the mind is more powerful than the body.  Most ancient healing practices emphasize the links between mind and body.   However, in Western Society it was always believed that these were two separate entities.

In 1964 psychiatrist George Solomon realized that people with rheumatoid arthritis got worse when they were suffering from depression.  He went on to investigate what impact emotions could have on inflammation and the immune system.  This new field was called psychoneuroimmunology.  

During the 1960s numerous studies were published on how mind -body medicine techniques helped to lower high blood pressure and stress hormone levels, relieving pain and improving the immune system.  The key to this technique is to “train” the mind to focus on the body without distraction.

In today’s society there is a renewed interest in ancient traditions like yoga and meditation.  At this years Women’s Health & Fitness Expo Ann Webster, PhD will be having a presentation in this new model of health care.  This presentation will teach participants all about mind/body medicine and how stress can affect overall health.  Dr. Webster will provide a tool of techniques for preventing illnesses and maximizing health.

This will be great information that we should all learn about, come to the Expo.  We’ll be happy to see you there.

 

 

 

References:

(n.d.). Retrieved from The Center for Mind-Body Medicine: http://cmbm.org/about/what-is-mind-body-medicine/

(2013, august 5). Retrieved from University of Maryland Medical Center: http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/treatment/mindbody-medicine

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