What is Mind-Body Medicine?
how it works
Mind-body medicine is an approach to medicine that recognizes that our mind (our thoughts and emotions) has a vital impact on the health of our body.
Mind-body medicine is based on the following principles:
- It is best practice to treat the whole person. (Addressing emotional distress is an essential component of standard medical care.)
- Self-care is primary care. (People can take an active role in their own health care in an effort to prevent and heal disease by managing psychological states and reducing stress.)
Mind-body medicine is supported by physiological, epidemiological, and clinical research. Harvard Medical School, Duke University, University of California Los Angeles, University of Miami, and University of Massachusetts are leading institutions in the research and practice of Mind-Body Medicine.