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Psychoneuroimmunology, Meditation, and Stress Management

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Meditation is a mind-body practice that may help with the management of stress. It may reduce the allostatic load and improve the overall well-being both mentally and physically. There are … 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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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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Mind-Body Medicine for Cognitive Decline

Peri- and post-menopausal women often have both mental and physical health problems, including sleep complaints, hot flashes, and depression. These problems may also cause the impairment of cognition and lead to cognitive decline (Sliwinski et al., 2014). The decrease in … Continue reading

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Mind-Body Methods for Improving Anxiety and Depression

About 350 million people suffer from depression and various mental problems globally (Jacquart et al., 2014). This number is still increasing. The risks of developing mental disorders such as anxiety and depression are usually greater among those who are in … Continue reading

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Stress Screening and Mind-Body Medicine for Chronic Diseases

Although many chronic and severe diseases such as cancer are apparently physical, they can also lead to psychological distress and poor quality of life. On the other hand, chronic stress may affect the physical biological systems negatively and cause unfavorable … 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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What is Mindfulness: The Concept and Practice

What is Mindfulness: The Concept and Practice   Mindfulness refers to the ability of complete and continuous awareness and consciousness. This state is especially helpful during emotional turmoil. Mindfulness is a skill derived from Buddhist psychology that has been practiced … Continue reading

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Meditation, Brain Waves, and Brain Activities

Electroencephalogram (EEG) is an important method measuring the brain waves and the electrical activities of the brain. The slowest waves (about 0.5-2 cycles/second) are called delta waves. Those that cycle about 8-12 times/second are alpha waves. Those that cycle about … Continue reading

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Meditation, the Brain, Neurons, and Neurotransmitters

Meditation can help promote health in various dimensions, including physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and social. The scientific studies and the scans of the meditating brain found that the blood flow condition may be improved in the brain, with improved … Continue reading

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Meditation Techniques and the Power of Meditation

What is the power of meditation? Meditation can boost the power of your mind, the power of your fitness and health, and the power for stress reduction. Meditation is not just sitting there and doing nothing, it is not a … Continue reading

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