What is Mind-Body Medicine?
Mind-Body Medicine recognizes the incredible potential that can be realized by joining the power of these two approaches. Mind-Body Medicine offers a perspective on human health that recognizes the power of emotional intelligence, critical thinking, physical conditioning (e.g., diet, exercise), and spiritual awareness. Unlike mainstream medicine, the Mind-Body healing approach is evidence-based. Study after study demonstrates that stress, relationship, and emotional state are by far the most reliable predictors of whether a person will heal rapidly – and whether they will get sick in the first place. Yet mainstream medicine is just coming into awareness of this and of how shortsighted it has been.
The Mind-Body healing approach, on the other hand, places stress management, emotional state, self-image, and spiritual wholeness at the center of the examination. After all, most of the symptoms in the body have their roots in the mind and emotions. The Mind-Body approach recognizes that there is great power in…
How You Can Learn the tools of Mind-Body Medicine
Clearly, the use of non-ordinary states of consciousness such as meditation, prayer, deep relaxation, and trance are of great value in the practice of the mind-body approach. As one of those who re-introduced Mind-Body approaches into Western medicine in the 1960s, Dr. Miller’s particular fascination was with the ability of the mind to enter certain altered states of consciousness which facilitate cellular change. But affecting this cellular change requires learning to think according to a new paradigm of relaxed, here-and-now, thoughts and beliefs which require quite a bit of training for most folks raised in our culture.
“In my practice, I teach people to enter this healing state and then provide suggestions that would guide them back to health and wellness. I find that if people take home a recording of my voice, they can practice with it, thus training their brains much more efficiently and quickly.
The recordings serve to provide my patients, as well as other health practitioners, with self-contained, self-directed tools for self-healing. The recordings also serve the additional function of spreading the awareness of how important it is to relax regularly, use guided imagery, and wisely guide the Mind-Body complex.” – Emmett Miller MD
Mind-Body Medicine Research
Since Dr. Miller reported on his original findings in the new field of Mind-Body Medicine, many studies, both in the lab and in clinical populations, have confirmed and reconfirmed his observations – that the overwhelming majority of all our illnesses have a strong stress component. They show that how we feel about ourselves, the nature of our relationship with others, and our attitudes about the world are the most important factors in how sick or well our bodies will be, and how excellently they will perform.
Some of this research is the type done under controlled conditions in the laboratory; this type shows how our thoughts and emotions impact the physiology of our bodies. Research on clinical populations collects health data from large groups of patients, evaluating how certain ways of thinking, feeling, and interacting cause health or disease. Likewise, this research demonstrates the effectiveness of the Mind Tools presented here at DrMiller.com.
Another type of research shows how specific illnesses are affected by our emotional state. For instance, being depressed has been shown to dramatically increase the likelihood of a second heart attack.