n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Mind-body medicine - concepts and controversies : main article

Volume 26, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



  • Modern lifestyle and stress are distancing the thinking mind (verbal, rational, analytical) from the emotional mind (emotional, intuitive and non-verbal).
  • Compared with the thinking mind, the emotional mind is closely linked to autonomic and immune physiology.
  • Our bodies react to our perception of a stressful stimulus rather than the stimulus itself.
  • Therapeutic touch can modulate neuroendocrine and immune processes.
  • There is a physiological basis for belief (placebo), a phenomenon once thought to be 'all in the mind'.
  • Our experiences, culture and meaning are closely linked to our biology.
  • Placebos may modulate peripheral immune reactivity.
  • Acutely stressful psychosocial factors are linked to cardiac morbidity and mortality.
  • No single psychosocial factor has been implicated in cancer development.
  • Everything we think, feel and do is mirrored in physiological processes.
  • Genes and immunity are modulated by psychobiological states of everyday life.

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