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Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Personalized Medicine

Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Personalized Medicine Psychological stress has been associated with higher levels of inflammation and the risks of many physical disorders including heart diseases. For example, chronic stress responses may cause a variety of skin disorders including allergic … Continue reading

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Neurophysiological Effects of A Mind-Body Intervention on Depression

Mind-body interventions may have beneficial effects on many psychological problems such as depression. A recent study investigated the neuroelectrophysiological effects of a Chan (Zen)-based Dejian mind-body intervention (DMBI) to understand its potential scientific mechanisms (Chan et al., 2013). The study … Continue reading

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Comprehensive Mind-Body Interventions for Chronic Diseases

Chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and arthritis have caused not only higher costs of health care, but also elevated psychological stress among both the patients and the care givers. Mind-body interventions may be helpful to address such issues of … Continue reading

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Chan-Based Mind-Body Intervention for the Elderly

Aging has complex impacts on both of the psychological and physical health. Methods in mind-body medicine may help relief certain problems associated with aging. In a recent study about the Chan (Zen)-based Dejian mind-body intervention (DMBI), the potential values for … Continue reading

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Potential Benefits of Mind-Body Methods for Arthritis

Arthritis is a detrimental disease that may cause both of the physical and psychological incapability of patients. Up to now no effective ‘disease-modifying’ cures have been found in conventional medicine. Alternative and complementary approaches such as mind-body medicine have been … Continue reading

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Mind-Body Medicine and the Immune Functions

Techniques in mind-body medicine such as meditation have many psychological and physiological benefits. They are especially helpful for health maintenance and promotion. However, it is still not very clear how these mind-body methods may affect the immune system. A recent … Continue reading

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Mind-Body Medicine for Cognitive Impairment in Multiple Sclerosis

Patients of multiple sclerosis (MS) often suffer from cognitive impairment, which is incapacitating and affects the quality of life. Personalized preventive and treatment methods are needed to address this serious problem as different MS patients may have different neuropsychological profiles. … Continue reading

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Inner Relationship Focusing and Self-Awareness

As one of the mind-body techniques, inner relationship focusing is not only for emotional healing, it may also enhance self-awareness. A recent study done by researchers at Mayo Clinic examined the effects of inner relationship focusing on self-awareness and empathic … Continue reading

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The Effects of Mind-Body Medicine on Mindfulness and Quality of Life

Psychological stress has been associated with many chronic diseases. Such connections have suggested that holistic approaches that involve both of the mind and the body may be helpful in the prevention and treatment of the diseases. Mind-body medicine (MBM) focuses … Continue reading

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Psychoneuroimmunology, Anxiety, and Inflammation

The emerging discipline of psychoneuroimmunology focuses on the interactions and cross talk among the immune system, the central nervous system (CNS), and behavior. For example, cytokines in the CNS have critical functions that can influence behavior. Such effects may result … Continue reading

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Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) and Human Social Genomics

Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) studies the relationships between behaviors and health, especially the role of immunological mechanisms underlying how the mind and body interact. That is, the interactions between the behavior and immunity, as well as the nervous system. The human adaptive … Continue reading

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The History and Branches of Psychology with Early Timelines

Branches  Focus Methods Founders/Pioneers Time Contributions Structuralism Experimental psychology   William Wundt 1879 Established the first psychology lab The basis of the structure of consciousness Introspection: studies and describes one’s own conscious processes Edward Titchener     Cognitive psychology The … Continue reading

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