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Meditation, Anxiety, and Stress Management

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Relaxation techniques including meditation are becoming popular approaches for anxiety problems. A meta-analysis of data from 10 years of trials compared various relaxation techniques including autogenic training, applied relaxation, and … 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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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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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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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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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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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 Methods May Improve Sleep Quality in Cancer Patients

Cancer patients often have sleep problems that influence their quality of life and disease recovery. Mind-body interventions (MBIs) are known to improve sleep quality. It is necessary to find out if MBIs are also beneficial for improving the sleep quality … 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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Mindfulness and Psychotherapy: How It can Help

Psychotherapies containing mindfulness elements have increased to more than 40% (Simon, 2007). Mindfulness is becoming a “transtheoretical” construct and a major perceptual process in psychotherapies. Scientific studies of meditation are transforming meditation into the main stream. The focus of the … Continue reading

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Meditation and the Yin-Yang Harmony

If you feel that it is hard to achieve your life goals, you may need to be more focused, being more self-disciplined, being more visionary, with a better self-esteem. Meditation is a method that may help you build these inside. … Continue reading

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