Mind Body Medicine is arguably one of the oldest practitioner models for health care known to man. From the tribal ‘shaman’ to the “new thought” movement of the early twentieth century, to modern medicine, we have experimented with the power of the mind to affect the health of the body.
Many people tend to think of MBM as a great way to treat stress, a positive mental mindset is what is required, and the use of thoughts to support the body’s functions may have a much bigger impact than that. Mind body medicine therapy has been ongoing for centuries, but is finally becoming widely accepted among mainstream medical doctors and other practitioners.
With more and more patients now seeking alternatives to expensive and sometimes harmful drug therapies, now more than ever the field of Mind Body Medicine is needed. Medical professionals skilled in the art of MBM can add its effectiveness to other therapies, and provide alternatives to their patients that can help them avoid a lifetime of chemical dependency and possible addiction.
MBM principles can be applied to everyday life to make treatment for serious diseases easier to cope with. By engaging a patient’s whole being in positive emotional, mental, social and behavioural practices, it is believed the impact on the patient is positive.
We can all recognise, on some level, that feeling well and being well work together, and that the reverse is also true – when our emotions are down, our physical health tends to follow. As individuals in our ongoing search for ways to implement changes to our lives the knowledge coming through about MBM is exciting and a growing field that will be a big part of twenty-first century medicine and the future of medicine.