Integrative Medicine

Science tells us that the mind and body are inherently connected. Published research has repeatedly shown that mindfulness meditation can be a powerful adjunct to the conventional treatment of many disorders.

  • Integrative Medicine is the umbrella term we use to cover mind body healing approaches which serve to work alongside modern medicine.
  • In this participatory approach we encourage each person to take an active role in their own health and wellbeing.
  • We acknowledge that mental and emotional factors, the ways in which we think and behave, can have a significant effect on our physical health and on our capacity to recover from illness.
  • The World Health Organisation’s definition of Health is  A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease.
  • The word health is derived from the word ‘whole’, whole implying integration.
  • In taking an integrated approach to health, we recognise the interconnectedness of all parts of human life. We learn to see the challenges of our lives within the context of a greater whole.

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Who can benefit from an 8 week Mindfulness Training?

Stress: Mindfulness meditation has been proven to reduce stress and increase positive emotion.

Fatigue: Meditation helps to reduce fatigue, improve attention and concentration.

Anxiety: Mindfulness training reduces symptoms of anxiety and emotional distress.

Hypertension: Meditation training reduces blood pressure in amounts comparable to the changes that are made by medications and other lifestyle changes.

Depression: Mindfulness training has been proven to reduce the recurrence of depression.

Chronic Pain: Mindfulness meditation has been shown to reduce the experience of pain and increase a person’s functioning.

Headache: Meditation training helps relieve the symptom of headache.

Coronary Artery Disease: Meditation training has been shown to reduce complications following a heart attack.

Cancer: Studies have shown a significant reduction in anxiety, depression, mood disturbance and gastrointestinal side effects in people undergoing cancer treatment.

Fibromyalgia: Mindfulness training has been proven to improve symptoms of fibromyalgia.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Participants report improvement in symptoms of irritable bowel.

Respiratory Disorders: Mindfulness can help reduce symptoms of asthma. In many chronic respiratory disorders mindfulness supports a person’s overall function.

Psoriasis: Meditation training has been proven to accelerate and maintain skin clearing in psoriasis.

Multiple Sclerosis: Mindfulness training results in overall symptom improvement, including balance.

Diabetes type 1: Meditation training lowers blood sugar in type 1 diabetics with poor blood sugar control.

 

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Health Care Professionals

For details of the above studies see Research section, under Resources.

For further information on how mindfulness can benefit your patients see this article.

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Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine Healthcare and Society,
University of Massachseutts Medical School