Mind-body medicine, or the idea that we can use our mind to affect how our body feels, is based in the belief that our physical, mental, and emotional lives are interconnected.
By using ways to help the mind control the body like relaxation techniques, meditation, yoga, Tai Chi, guided imagery, acupuncture, and biofeedback, one may be able to show the same types of positive benefits that have been associated with exercise such as decreased levels of anxiety or depression.
The National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute, and the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine have all made alternative headlines by funding research in nutrition, acupuncture, and other areas of study in mind-body medicine.
The addition of art and music therapy in many traditional health care practices is starting to gain attention in health alternative news as well.
Recent research has shown that art and music therapy can bring us a sense of elation by presenting patients with an art form that they find pleasing and reminding them of things that they like to do.
These newest headlines in alternative health focus on a new sort of health care that differs in the perception of wellness: instead of the Western medicine approach of having something done to us to make us feel better, the patient instead controls the situation to make him or herself feel better.
Health care providers are now educating themselves not just on ways to treat disease, but how to help people cope and live with disease.
By using these techniques and integrating them with current allopathic treatments, one may better equip him or herself to deal with stress, decrease anxiety and more with the power of alternative health.
Every day, additional health news can be read in the newspapers or online. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.