Category Archives: Mind-Body

Mind-body medicine

Resilience, Adversity, Gene Expression, and Wellbeing

Chronic social adversity may lead to a “conserved transcriptional response to adversity (CTRA)” with higher levels of pro-inflammatory genes and lower levels of antiviral- and antibody-related genes. Certain psychological resilience factors have been found to alleviate CTRA (Cole et al., … Continue reading

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Psychoneuroimmunology and Anxiety Disorders

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology The incidence of psychiatric disorders including anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD) is getting higher and higher in the modern world (Furtado and Katzman, 2015). These problems … Continue reading

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Stress and Inflammatory Biomarkers in Psychiatric Disorders among Children and Adolescents

Inflammation, immune dysfunctions, and abnormal cytokine levels have been closely related to psychiatric disorders among adult patients in recent studies in psychoneuroimmunology (PNI). How about the associations between cytokine concentrations and psychosocial stress in children and adolescents (C&A)? A recent … Continue reading

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Stress, Dysfunctional Attitudes, and Genetic Factors

What are the relationships among dysfunctional attitudes, stressful events, and genetic factors? How can these factors influence daily emotions? A multi-level daily diary study among 104 young adults was done to find out the links (Conway et al., 2015). The … Continue reading

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What is Psychodermatology

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Skin disorders are often associated with psychological conditions such as stress and anxiety. With more and more evidences linking mind and body, some novel disciplines are emerging, such as Psychodermatology. … Continue reading

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Stress, Childhood Trauma, and Diseases

Psychological stress is an essential factor in health and illnesses. Stress has been closely related to the onset and progression of various psychiatric and physical disorders such as anxiety, depression, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, heart diseases, pain, and cancers (Slavich, 2016). … Continue reading

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Anxiety, Depression, and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology A recent study investigated the association between psychosocial reserve capacity and the conditions of anxiety and depression (Zamora-Racaza et al., 2017). The study was done among 235 patients with systemic … Continue reading

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Anxiety, Depression, and Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis (SAR)

Increasing evidences have indicated the strong connections between seasonal allergic rhinitis (SAR) and psychological conditions, especially anxiety and depression. A recent study done in Germany explored the roles of anxiety and depression in the patients with SAR (Trikojat et al. … Continue reading

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Meditation and Social Anxiety

Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is featured with emotional biases and inaccurate negative self-beliefs. In a recent study, researchers investigated the effects of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) on emotional responses and the regulation of negative self-beliefs in 16 patients with social … Continue reading

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The Effects of Yoga and Buddhist Counseling on Anxiety

Educational programs for lifestyle modification and stress management can be very effective for remarkably reducing anxiety in a period as short as 10 days. Researchers in India examined the short-term impacts of a lifestyle intervention based on yoga on anxiety … Continue reading

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Yoga and Anxiety

Different relaxation and meditation techniques may have different effects on relieving anxiety. Some techniques may induce better results than others. For example, researchers in India compared the effects of two yoga relaxation techniques on memory and state anxiety among 57 … Continue reading

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Anxiety and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

The training of mindfulness may be beneficial for people with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is a group treatment applying cognitive strategies focusing on mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR). It integrates the practice of mindfulness meditation with cognitive … Continue reading

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Depression, Anxiety, and Mindfulness-Based Programs

Non-depressed participants with a history of relapsing depression may be protected from relapse by participating in an 8-week course of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).  The researchers in the UK examined the effectiveness of MBCT on active symptoms of depression … Continue reading

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Fatigue, Pain, and Stress Relief Meditation

Mental stress may deprive oxygen in muscles and cause exhaustion, tense, and ache all over the body. This is because the body’s response to psychological stress is to burn more energy. Such fast burning of energy may result in exhaustion … Continue reading

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Mindfulness Meditation for Healing Insomnia

Meditation can help relieve insomnia through the detachment from the thoughts that are disturbing sleep or making someone wake up during sleep. Meditation in bed can help one falling sleep quickly and promote the sleep quality. The combination of mindfulness … Continue reading

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Effects of Mindfulness Meditation on the Immune System in HIV Patients

Mindfulness meditation training has been found to reduce stress in different patient populations. Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles studied the effects of meditation on CD4+ T lymphocyte counts in stressed HIV-infected adults (Creswell et al., 2009). In … Continue reading

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Meditation, Life Style Changes, and Cancer Treatment

Meditation can benefit the recovery from chronic diseases as it helps one make lifestyle changes and deal with pain and stress. It helps detach our emotions from the illness and boost our immune system. It can improve food digestion, blood … Continue reading

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Meditation, Cognition, and Cancer Therapies

Cognitive impairment is often related with cancer, and may limit the quality of life in cancer patients and survivors. Abnormal neurologic structure and function have been reported in cancer patients. Researchers at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center studied … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Meditation on Healing ADHD

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral disorder, which often starts from childhood and continues into adulthood. Recently mindfulness meditation has been used to promote attention, reduce stress, and improve emotions. Researchers at University of California Los Angeles studied the effects … Continue reading

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The Effects of Meditation on Rheumatoid Arthritis with Recurrent Depression

Mindful meditation interventions have been applied for helping relieve chronic stress, depression, and pain. Researchers at Arizona State University studied the effects of cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness interventions on pain and the quality of life among patients with rheumatoid … Continue reading

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The Effects of Meditation on Heart Rate Variability

Meditation, especially slow breathing, is known to influence the heart rate variability (HRV). Researchers in Taiwan studied the effects of inward attention during meditation on HRV (Wu and Lo, 2008). Inward attention is a critical process for achieving the state … Continue reading

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Meditation as An Effective Intervention for PTSD

Meditation training may be useful for relieving posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including depression and anxiety symptoms. Researchers at Pacific Graduate School of Psychology studied the effects of meditation among mental health workers in New Orleans 10 weeks after Hurricane Katrina … Continue reading

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Effects of Spiritual Meditation on Migraine Headaches

Patients with migraine headaches often have symptoms of depression, anxiety, and low self-efficacy. Spiritual meditation has been found to relieve these symptoms. Researchers at University of Mass Medical Center studied the effects of spiritual meditation on improving pain tolerance and … Continue reading

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Mindfulness Meditation Can Help Relieve Chronic Tinnitus

Chronic tinnitus is a common health problem. However, no effective drug treatment has been found yet. Researchers in UK evaluated the effects of mindfulness meditation in tinnitus (Sadlier et al., 2008). In the study, 25 chronic tinnitus sufferers were divided … Continue reading

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Mindfulness-Based Methods and Eating Behaviors

Mindfulness-based interventions are getting more and more popular for the promotion of healthy eating behaviors and weight control. Specifically, studies have indicated that mindfulness meditation may be helpful for healing binge eating (Katterman et al., 2014). A meta-analysis and review … Continue reading

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