The efficacy of mind-body medicine continues to be validated by science (4). The Center for Mind-Body Medicine states that “mind-body medicine focuses on the interactions between mind and body and the powerful ways in which emotional, mental, social and spiritual factors can directly affect health.” Mind-body medicine techniques include: meditation, biofeedback, conscious breathwork, movement (yoga, ecstatic dance), drawing, coloring and journaling to express feelings, mindful eating, and guided imagery.
Mind-body medicine works by reducing and helping to prevent stress. Most of the illnesses that we develop are related to chronic stress. It is of utmost importance for our physical health and mental-emotional well being that we develop stress-management practices that we enjoy and look forward to daily. Examples of home mind-body practices include: meditation, mindful eating, yoga, dance, drawing, coloring, journaling. Other mind-body medicine that we can seek further assistance with stress-relief and healing from trained professionals include: biofeedback, acupuncture, and massage.