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There is a growing amount of scientific evidence that a person's mood, attitudes and beliefs can have a very significant impact their health. Mind-body therapies use this powerful relationship between the mind and body. There are many different techniques that focus on various levels of consciousness, but all involve the patient actively using their mind to positively affect health. Examples of mind-body therapies include meditation, hypnosis and art therapy. Mind-body therapies are commonly used to:
  • reduce pain and stress
  • promote relaxation and
  • stimulate the body's innate ability to heal.

As the patient is the most important healer in the treatment process, mind-body therapies can help patients re-find their sense of control and improve their sense of well-being and ability to cope. A number of mind-body therapies are no longer considered "alternative." They have been integrated into conventional medical practice because of strong scientific evidence supports their safety and efficacy.

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