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Meditation and Psychoneuroimmunology

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Meditation practices may have impacts on physiological pathways related to stress and various diseases. Meditation practices have been found to have benefits including • Calming the mind; • Promoting focused … Continue reading

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Anxiety, Depression, and Systemic Sclerosis

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Recent studies including those in psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) have collected many evidences on the psychosocial correlations with systemic sclerosis (scleroderma). Systemic sclerosis has been associated with clinical mood disorders including anxiety … 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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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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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 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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The Potential Benefits of Tai Chi on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a globally common chronic disease that is incapacitating the patients gradually. Patients with COPD often have problems of continuing dyspnea and intolerance of physical activities (Yeh et al., 2014). Physical training may be helpful … Continue reading

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Mind-Body Medicine and Heart Diseases

Even though medical treatments have successfully reduced the rate of cardiovascular deaths in recent years, it is still necessary to focus on the prevention of heart disease and the promotion of quality of life for the patients. In addition to … Continue reading

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