Mind Body Medicine

Today I want a very special kind of pharmacy to discuss. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It does not close for holidays and the staff are always on call. One of the best features of the place is that all drugs in stock are 100% natural and completely compatible with your individual physiology. I know what you may think: “This place sounds very expensive.” Or perhaps: “My doctor or health insurer never works with this” holistic-type “facilities.” Fortunately for us, none of these problems apply here.

This particular pharmacy is located between your ears and behind your eyes. Some medical authorities generally to write off this rather miraculous fact of life as’ the placebo effect. “It may be a dismissive term for a real healing process on its own initiative. The placebo effect is often called the conventional scientists talk about mind and body therapies, such as grounding, Reiki, Tai Chi and therapeutic touch. But that is beginning to change.

A systematic review of ‘biofield therapies “was recently published in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine 66. Studies with different mind-body approaches such as healing touch, Johrei, polarity therapy and qigong were included in the analysis. The research team, comprising scientists from UCLA and the University of California, San Diego, explaining that biofield techniques “strong evidence for reducing pain intensity in pain populations and moderate evidence for reducing the intensity of pain in hospitalized cancer and the population to show” . They’re going to say that certain data, the use of these mind-body practices in the management of ‘negative behavioral symptoms in dementia’ and ‘fear of hospitalized populations “supports. The concluding remarks of the authors recommend additional high quality studies to true potential of these complementary modalities in a wider range of conditions to clarify (1).

In January 2010 I wrote a column about an esoteric practice known as grounding or earthing. A new study in The Journal of alternative and complementary medicine will add some much needed credibility of this controversial but popular practice. Researchers from the University of California, Irvine and the University of Oregon, Eugene 8 healthy adults enrolled in an experiment to determine whether “the grounding of the body to the earth” could physiological responses to exercise change. The experiment was carefully monitored in the following manner:

  • Only 1 volunteer was tested weekly for proper control variables and to ensure compliance.
  • All volunteers were provided with exactly the same food, slept in the same amount of time, stayed in the same hotel and were grounded in the same way.
  • The participants had identical sets of eccentric exercises that were designed to delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) to provoke to perform.
  • The grounding technique involved “grounded patches and sheets” that “conducting patches on the gastrocnemius and in the bottom of the feet” is included.
  • 4 of the participants were administered actual grounding therapy while the rest use “unfounded” patches and sheets.
  • This was a double blind study. Neither the subjects nor the researchers knew which group is grounded.

“Complete blood count, blood chemistry, enzyme chemistry, serum and saliva cortisols, magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy and pain levels were at the same time of day for the eccentric exercises and 24, 48 and 72 hours thereafter.” Large differences in bilirubin, creatine kinase, glycerolphosphorylcholine, phosphorylcholine, phosphocreatine / inorganic phosphate ratios, the visual analogue scale of pain and WBC counts were documented. In total, 30 of the 48 health markers amended by those grounded therapy. The results indicate that “Grounding seems the first steps of the possible time of recovery of muscle function and reduce DOMS.” (2)

The ancient practice of Tai Chi has recently appeared in the scientific literature. A March 2010 study examined the effects of Tai Chi in a group of 82 senior women with osteoarthritis. In the course of 6 months, about half of the group learned and practiced regularly these mind-body exercise while the rest of the participants served as a comparison group. At the completion of the study, the authors noted that the Tai Chi group differed in some important respects from their sedentary counterparts: a) they showed improvements in muscle endurance (knee extensor endurance) - b) they exhibited significantly greater bone density and c) they reported feeling a reduction in the fear of falling. This is not the front page of the New York Times or the Wall Street Journal, but it is vital to know when you consider that a recent meta-analysis in the Annals of Internal Medicine reports that “Older adults have a 5-at 8 -fold increased risk for all-cause mortality after hip fractures. ” Tai Chi may very well help protect against such a result in this risk. (3,4)

Grounding or Earthing Reduces Exercise

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