Mind-body practices traffics with the assumed interactions among the brain, body, and behavior, and the ways in which emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and behavioral factors may (can?) affect health. As the NCCAM makes evident, "It regards as fundamental an approach that respects and enhances each person's capacity for self-knowledge and self-care, and emphasizes techniques grounded in this approach."
With this underpinning, its practices believed to affect health include relaxation, hypnosis, meditation, biofeedback, yoga, reiki, visual imagery, tai chi, qigong, group support, spirituality, and prayer. Curiously enough, mind-body therapeutics views illness as an opportunity for personal growth and transformation, and its practitioners as facilitators and guides in the process. Research issues raised here questions whether emotions influence susceptibility to and severity of infectious disease, as well as rapidity of wound healing; questions that remain to be answered.
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