Mind Body Medicine

What is mind body medicine?

Mind body medicine is about physical and psychological stress and their association. A diseased body may be the cause of mental tension. Vice versa pure psychological distress may lead to many disorders like headache, migraine, high and low B.P., gastritis and peptic ulcer, bronchial asthma, hypertension heart disease etc.

How physical and psychological stresses can be identified?

Physical or physiological stress can be identified as environmental stress e.g. unclean air, water or eatables; living in overcrowded places or solitary living; over or under nutrition; over or under exercise; infections and certain surgical conditions.

Psychological stress can be identified in the form of maladjustment with others; bad planning leading to failures; over or under spending; anxious or over jealous behavior etc. These manifest in the form of anxiety and depression, drug addiction, sexual disorders like impotence [males] and frigidity [females]. Many diseases like hypertension and heart disease may get aggravated by psychological factors.

How do mind body medicine cure these ailments?

Educating the person about his actual physical and psychological condition is only cure. Person with the help of his physician will make necessary changes in his life style, habits and his physical

environment. Secondly mind body medicine through different strategies will help relax the person both physically and mentally.

How Ayurveda and naturopathy is associated with mind body medicine?

Ayurveda is Indian way of healing. Popular misconception is that Ayurveda is about herbal or other forms of desi medication. Ayurveda is actually about identifying the body type of a person i.e. vata, pitta and kaffa and finding the doshas related with these and thus effecting the cure by removing particular dosha through change in dietary habits and some common house hold remedies. Naturopathy is all about detoxification of body by different methods. Some of these methods are grouped under common heading called Panchakarma. Steam bath, ayurvedic massage, Shirodhara, Snehana, Aromatherapy are some of the methods included in panchakarma therapy.

How biofeedback is associated with mind body medicine?

Biofeedback technique can be perceived as psycho-physiological mirror of the body. You start receiving psychological and physiological stress signals from body and mind at the feeling level similarly as you see yourself in a mirror and correct your dress and make-up. Here you correct these signals viz. pulse-rate, respiratory rate, GSR[ galvanic skin response], temperature etc. EEG and EMG are also part of the biofeedback devices which are better termed as neuro-feedback devices. Here person visualizes and monitors his EEG to have high alfa-waves during relaxation.

What disorders can be effectively treated through biofeedback devices?

Migraine headaches, Tension headaches, chronic pain, non-cardiac chest pain, Urinary Incontinence, irritable bowl syndrome, High and low blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmias, hyperactivity disorders in children, epilepsy, insomnia, depression etc. respond well to biofeedback methods. Biofeedback effectively tells the person how thoughts affect the body; monitor his relaxation; help him concentrate and do meditation in a way.

Swaran J Omcawr

 

Health is harmony

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Living in harmony with the inner and outer environment creates good health.

Before venturing into the field of health and understanding and devising new ways to improve the health status of body must not we ask ourselves whether we cooperate with nature or not, whether we live in tune with nature or not?

There is no end to the degree of harmony one can achieve if one sets oneself to task. The method lies in emphasizing prevention over cure but without neglecting cure if disease already exists.

All what we need is creation of balance e.g. balance in selecting our food which we require for taste buds satisfaction and what we require for the cellular function;

Balance in the rest and comfort we take and rest or comfort we need;

Balance in competing with co-fellows physically for survival and dominate them mentally for ego satisfaction

And above all balance in our motives that we undertake for an influential life and for healthy life.

We can clearly see that one aspect of life if dominant would create diseased society infected with wars and chaos while other one if balanced would create healthy society with frugal desires to cause depletion of earth resources.

Individual balance or harmony has a vertical dimension which is the dynamic interplay of one’s mind, body and spirit. There is horizontal dimension which is the equilibrium between the individual and his/ her physical environment.

If physical body should be in balance with gross nature, the mind should be in balance with the group-mind of the society. Our soul should be in tune with the universal soul which means complete satisfaction for the life we are provided with.

It is easiest to harmonize the body-mind-soul complex by starting with the body, which is comparatively stable and easy to approach.

Balance of mind and spirit which is delicate and little difficult to stabilize but becomes easy once the body has been made firm and healthy.

The medical practices which entirely deal with making the individual biologically living are one step short of those which deal with making him mentally sound and spiritually honest.

There are certain therapies like Yoga and Meditation which make individual physically strong and prevent diseases. Meditation clears the mind of unwanted worrisome thoughts which tax the body with nervous over activity and are the cause of our anxious behavior.

The creation of dynamic balance in the mind body and spirit is the basis of our harmony with the nature and ultimate health.balance-health