Extracts: “Mindfulness meditation techniques designed to reduce emotional reactivity also reduce poststress inflammatory responses and might be useful in chronic inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease, and asthma, according to a study by Melissa A. Rosenkranz, PhD, and colleagues at the University of Wisconsin-Madison…
…Mindfulness-based stress reduction, originally designed for patients with chronic pain, consists of continuously focusing attention on the breath, bodily sensations, and mental content while seated, walking, or practicing yoga. The goal is to focus on the present experience to help change one’s relationship to it in a beneficial way….Although interest in meditation as a means of reducing stress has grown over the years, there has been little evidence to support benefits specific to mindfulness meditation practice. This was the first study designed to control for other therapeutic mechanisms, such as supportive social interaction, expert instruction, or learning new skills.”
This work was supported by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institutes of Health, the Waisman Center, the Fetzer Institute, and gifts from Adrianne and Edwin Cook-Ryder, Bryant Wangard, Keith and Arlene Bronstein, and the John W. Kluge Foundation. Dr. Rosenkranz and Dr. Zautra have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.
Full study published at Brain Behav Immun. 2013;27:174-184. Abstract
Hypnotherapy offers techniques which can help us focus on the here and now by focusing on our breathing, on becoming aware of our bodies and ultimately reducing our stress, contributing in this way to reduce inflammation as described in this article.