Mind Body Medicine focuses on the interactions among the brain, mind, body, and behavior, and on the powerful ways in which emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and behavioral factors can directly affect health. It regards as fundamental an approach that respects and enhances each person's capacity for self-knowledge and self-care, and it emphasizes
techniques that are grounded in this approach.
It is an approach to healing that uses the power of thoughts and emotions to positively influence physical health. As Hippocrates once wrote, "The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well." This is the essence of mind/body medicine.
The idea that the mind and body interact is not new, however. It can be traced to Old Testament times and to Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine. The ancient Hebrews attributed some physical illnesses to grief or anger. Hippocrates believed that health depends upon a balance of the body, mind and environment, and that disease is caused by imbalances in these areas. As modern science progressed, the mind and emotions became neglected, since researchers found it difficult to measure and quantify mental states with the scientific methods and equipment that were so
Today, with the help of new technological advancements, and the many clinical studies conducted concerning the complex interaction between mind
and body, confirm that our well being and state of health, depends on more then just an invasion of bacteria or virus as the cause of illness.
Our emotions and thoughts have a great influence on our state of health, therfore, they are important factors that must be considered and explored
when an an unhealthy state arises.( to know a bit more about this, click on Psychoneuroimmunology)
For more information on Mind-Body Medicine,click on the this link---> Herbert-Benson Institute For Mind Body Medicine
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