Australia’s #1 Natural Health Site
Articles  |  Mind Body Medicine  |   What is Mind Body Medicine?

What is Mind Body Medicine?

What is Mind Body Medicine?
What is mind body medicine? It's a good question, but not an easy one to answer. Basically, the term refers to the interaction between the mind and the body to facilitate healing. Increasing evidence from practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), kinesiology, hypnotherapy and other complementary treatments is making Western science take a closer look at mind body medicine.

Mind Body Medicine: The Conservative View

Conventional medicine has always acknowledged that stress can play a big role in disease. Some of the diseases that can be caused or exacerbated by stress include:
  • Heart disease

  • Stroke
  • Gastrointestinal diseases
  • Diabetes
Stress is known to have a negative effect on the entire immune system. While our bodies have natural defenses against periodic stress, stress has become increasingly chronic in today's society. Many health specialists now recommend meditation, hypnotherapy and other natural therapies associated with mind body medicine as a viable alternative to reliance on prescription medicines, some of which can have serious side effects or become addictive.

While still not widely used in conventional medical facilities in Australia, mind body medicine is gaining increasing acceptance as a form of complementary medicine. Many doctors now prefer to be labelled as 'holistic doctors' to emphasise their acceptance of and training in mind body medicine and other natural therapies.

Mind Body Medicine: The Alternative View

Many alternative therapists explore the mind-body connection even more deeply:
  • Many practitioners of applied kinesiology explore hidden parts of the subconscious or unconscious mind that may manifest as physical disease.
  • A vital part of many forms of acupressure, such as EFT, is verbal or mental affirmation or forgiveness.
  • Theta healing involves tapping into the healing 'theta' brainwave state
  • Spiritual healing seeks to bridge the gap between the spirit world and the physical world via the mind.
There is also a fine line between mind body medicine and energy medicine. While pranic healing, for example, is primarily concerned with using the breath as a tool for directing and controlling the flow of prana (energy) in the body, control of the mind is also an important part of the discipline.

While conventional science is yet to accept many alternative mind body therapies, researchers are taking a closer look at the placebo effect and uncovering increasing evidence that simply by thinking and believing a medication will work can make it work, even if the 'medication' contains no active ingredients. In some studies, the efficacy of proven medications has been no greater than that of a placebo. How and why this can happen is as yet unknown, but studies like these are making conventional scientists take a more serious look at mind body medicine and its role in health and healing.

Topic: Mind Body Medicine

Featured Energy Healing

International Institute of Kinesiology Australia

International Institute of Kinesiology Australia

Optimum Wellness Through Mind Body Medicine. Touch For Health. Specialised Kinesiology & Kinesioprac...

0438 256 738

By International Institute of Kinesiology Australia

Paradiso Healtharium - RAW Energy Balances

Paradiso Healtharium - RAW Energy Balances

Turn back time, take ages from your body.

02 6684 5005

By Paradiso Healtharium

Robyn - Reiki

Robyn - Reiki

Reiki is a powerful, yet simple natural healing system.

0413 017 502

By Robyn

Forest Holistic Therapies

Forest Holistic Therapies

Nancy specialises in Vibrational Therapies, including Polarity Therapy and Radiance in combination w...

0405 320 714

By Forest Holistic Therapies

Anti Stress Therapies

Anti Stress Therapies

I have been a Massage Therapist for 17 years and run my own clinic.

0415 731 403

By Anti Stress Therapies