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Mind-Body Therapies The mind and body are so completely connected that physical activities such as yoga and dance have healthful effects not only on the body but also on mental ailments such as depression and anxiety Conversely mental approaches such as hypnosis and imagery benefit physical problems such as hypertension and immune deficiency Having an understanding of the mind-body connection helps us to see why CAM interventions prove helpful in the treatment of depression For example according to the stress-diathesis model of depression episodic extreme mental stress can predispose to depression Nowak 1991 By using a mind-body therapy such as meditation one protects the psyche from damage and hence reduces the risk of future depressions Following is a discussion of mind-body interventions with a brief history description and evaluation of techniques Therapeutic Affiliation The power of therapeutic affiliation is one of the most widely known examples of mind-body interactions in contemporary scientific medicine yet it is often undervalued and neglected It focuses on the subjective healing power of the relationship between the clinician and client and is also referred to as the Placebo Response This terminology is often misleading due to its use in scientific trials Therapeutic affiliation is a concept that is well understood in most CAM approaches to healing Benson Friedman 1996 Controlling for placebo response is a primary factor in drug testing where if the drug proves no better than placebo it is dismissed as ineffective Yet research shows that in practically any disease about one-third of all symptoms improve when patients are treated with placebo only Goleman and Gurin 1993 The nocebo response is a toxic or negative placebo occurrence For example in a controlled study by the British Stomach Cancer Group it was found that 30 percent of the control placebo-only group lost their hair and 56 percent of the same group had drug-related nausea or vomiting Fielding Fagg Jones 1983 This is also a clear
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