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11 Mar 2012
Mind body medicine is an ancient concept. Till about 300 years ago, just about all philosophy and medicine treated the body and mind as an integral whole. Then, within the 18th century, adherents of the Enlightenment launched a mechanistic and reductionistic scientific mannequin that meant the research of body and mind were separated. The paradigm reached its peak in the 20th century when modern scientific medicine helped to end the epidemics of infectious diseases, such as smallpox, cholera and tuberculosis which had previously been major causes of mortality.

More and more, stress is recognized as a significant causal factor in both the onset of acute illnesses and in persistent diseases. The mind body medicine may give individuals the...