Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the cognitive ability to be aware of what is happening in the here-and-now without judgment or attachment to any particular outcome (Nopoli, Krech, Holley, 2005).

Research has shown mindfulness to be associated with relaxation (Benson, 1975) and stress reduction (Kabat-Zinn, 1990). Further, meta-analyses suggest that mindfulness techniques may help a broad range of […]

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Diaphragmatic Breathing

There are two branches of the body’s peripheral nervous system — the sympathetic branch and the parasympathetic branch. The sympathetic branch controls the body’s fight-flight response. This is the response that occurs when we are stressed. The parasympathetic branch, in contrast, is like the braking system on the stress response. It brings the body […]

By |December 12th, 2015|Complementary and Alternative Medicine|Comments Off on Diaphragmatic Breathing