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mind/body medicine

(1) Alternative Medicine, see there. 
(2) Behavioural medicine—An evolving field of healthcare based on the belief that a complex interplay of external and internal factors influence the mind, and therefore also a person’s response and recuperation from disease; these interactions are genetic, environmental, psychological and socioeconomic.

Integral to mind-body medicine is the belief that stress (which evokes the fight-or-flight response) will, if repeated over time, weaken the immune system, resistance to disease and healing capacity; to counter-act the stress response, mind-body medicine seeks to develop in an individual the capacity to reduce these adverse effects, teaching relaxation responses to reduce blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tone, oxygen consumption, perspiration and respiratory rate. The individual copes with stressants based on his or her personality type (A, B or C) or by changing lifestyle; methods for reducing stress include autogenic training, biofeedback training, breath therapy, hypnosis,meditation, mindfulness, progressive relaxation, and visualisation therapy or mental imagery.

Data suggest that mind-body medicine may ameliorate certain symptoms of AIDS, arthritis, common cold, diabetes, headaches, and infertility. 

For some, the terms behavioural medicine and mind-body medicine are synonymous.

mind/bod·y med·i·cine

(mīnd-bod'ē med'i-sin)
A theory that involves the relationship between the mind and body as well as the body's innate ability to heal itself when given a positive physical and emotional environment.
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I recently attended a five-day workshop on MindBody Medicine that emphasized the importance and methods of counselor self-care.
Magdalena Naylor, who works as a psychiatrist and lead investigator of one of the studies performed at the MindBody Medicine Research Clinic and Brain Imaging Program of the University of Vermont in Burlington.
Their limitations arise, however, when they confront paradigms of healing that feature the subjective and experiential nature of illness, as does mindbody medicine.
Using the conceptual metaphor of a "body-mind," mindbody medicine collapses the physiological hierarchy that grounds both physiology and biomedical practice.
First, it analyzes how mindbody medicine interprets cells as intelligent and thereby autonomous.
Mindbody medicine is the most popular form of alternative medicine in the United States.
Mindbody medicine presents the body in a way that the body becomes a heuristic for effective healing relationships.
Chopra, a medical doctor, has provided the most well developed popular advocacy of mindbody medicine over the last two decades.
The scientific groundwork for what has become mindbody medicine was established by Hans Selye's discovery of the stress response in the human body in the 1950's.
Naylor, director of the university's MindBody Medicine Clinic.
Integrated mindbody medicine can be useful for this, she commented.
The wellness movement has affected my practice enormously and mostly in a positive way I started the MindBody Medicine Clinic to take advantage of so-called alternative psychological methods and to help bring them into the mainstream of medicine in my community.