Mind-Body Medicine

Mind-Body Medicine

Patient education leads to patient empowerment and the ability to regain control of one’s health.

Mind-body practices exemplify the power to self-heal and the healing power of nature. Mind-body health care, or mind-body medicine, describes the holistic reunion of the mind and the physical being after centuries of separation.

The thousands of studies conducted over the past four decades testify to the power of the mind to regulate physiological functions, prevent disease, improve sleep, reduce pain, lower stress, reduce inflammation, enhance concentration and enhance immune function. According to a 2007 National Health Interview Survey, over 60 million Americans had used a form of mind-body in the previous year.

Neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback that maps brain activity via a Quantitative Electroencephalogram (QEEG). Research demonstrates positive effects of neurofeedback for patients with ADHD, anxiety disorders, insomnia and other mental, emotional and physical complaints. Neurofeedback therapists have been working with patients and teaching students at the SCNM Medical Center for nearly a decade.

The terms and expressions “mind-body medicine,” “mind over matter,” "mindfulness" and “power of positive thinking” imply that the mind can influence physical health. However, new research revealing specialized neural circuitry in the heart, neurotransmitters produced in the gut, and hormones secreted from fat, is evidence that “body-mind medicine” is equally accurate.

As a student at SCNM, you’ll begin the study of mind-body medicine in your first year in a survey course in naturopathic principles, philosophy and therapies. Personal exploration via self-reflection assignments and journaling set the stage for deeper studies in psychology, counseling, biofeedback and guided imagery. You’ll incorporate mind-body approaches into patient care during clinical clerkships in your final two years.