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Mind-Body Therapies Gaining Popularity in Mainstream

By May 26, 2011

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More and more conventional doctors are recommending mind-body therapies to their patients, according to a new study from the Archives of Internal Medicine. Looking at data from a survey of more than 23,000 U.S. households, the study authors found that one in 30 Americans using mind-body therapies had been referred by a medical provider.

The study also found that those referred to mind-body therapies by their medical providers were sicker than individuals who sought out such therapies on their own. "What we learned suggests that providers are referring their patients for mind-body therapies as a last resort once conventional therapeutic options have failed," states lead study author Aditi Nerurkar, M.D. "It makes us wonder whether referring patients for these therapies earlier in the treatment process could lead to less use of the health care system, and possibly, better outcomes for these patients."

The mind-body therapies most commonly recommended by conventional doctors included yoga, tai chi, guided imagery, progressive muscle relaxation, meditation, and deep breathing exercises.

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May 30, 2011 at 10:22 pm
(1) Mel D. says:

The use of mind body therapy, should be used earlier on in treatment and not as a last resort. I think in the future it will be used earlier on as mind body therapy becomes more accepted.

June 10, 2011 at 2:41 pm
(2) Michael Dangovian says:

Mel D. I totally agree.

I think as medical profesionals we should equip ourselves with the latest education on mind-body therapies and incorporate them into our own lives to really see and share the incredible nature of these “remedies”.

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