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Physiological Effects of Mind and Body Practices


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1Patanjali Research Foundation, Haridwar, India

2Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, Sao Paulo, Brazil

3New York Medical College, Valhalla, USA


Physiological Effects of Mind and Body Practices

Description

Mind and Body (Mind/Body) practices use mental and physical abilities to improve health and well-being. These practices rank among the most popular complementary health approaches. According to a survey done in the USA the most commonly used practices are deep breathing, meditation, chiropractic, osteopathic manipulation, massage, yoga, progressive relaxation, and guided imagery (nccam.nih.gov/health). While there is an increase in research in these areas, many dimensions remain to be explored including the physiological mechanisms underlying the observed effects. Also, Mind and Body practices can be used to noninvasively explore physiological processes. Advancing knowledge of Mind/Body practices through research is essential to fully explore their therapeutic potential, identify adverse effects, and safely integrate these techniques into mainstream medicine.

We invite authors to submit original research as well as review articles. Articles on the physiological effects of Mind and Body (Mind/Body) interventions on the nervous system, the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, metabolism, immune functions, epigenetics, and other systems, as well as aspects of performance in cognitive and similar tasks, are welcome.

All submissions must include scientific data based on standardized measures supportive to the topic.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Physiological effects of practices associated with movement, such as yoga, Pilates, TaiChi, and Qi Gong
  • Physiological effects on the brain (including the HPA axis) and related systems
  • Physiological effects of techniques which involve a change in the mental state, emphasizing meditation
  • Physiological effects of voluntarily regulated breathing practices
  • Chinese medicine, including acupuncture
  • Physiological effects of stress reduction and of relaxation

Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 983086
  • - Editorial

Physiological Effects of Mind and Body Practices

Shirley Telles | Patricia Gerbarg | Elisa H. Kozasa
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 406261
  • - Review Article

Neurophysiological Effects of Meditation Based on Evoked and Event Related Potential Recordings

Nilkamal Singh | Shirley Telles
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 531789
  • - Clinical Study

Qigong as a Traditional Vegetative Biofeedback Therapy: Long-Term Conditioning of Physiological Mind-Body Effects

Luís Carlos Matos | Cláudia Maria Sousa | ... | Henry Johannes Greten
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 275062
  • - Research Article

Creating Well-Being: Increased Creativity and proNGF Decrease following Quadrato Motor Training

Sabrina Venditti | Loredana Verdone | ... | Tal Dotan Ben-Soussan
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 962857
  • - Research Article

Mindfulness Meditation Improves Mood, Quality of Life, and Attention in Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Viviane Freire Bueno | Elisa H. Kozasa | ... | Sabine Pompéia
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 891671
  • - Review Article

Measuring a Journey without Goal: Meditation, Spirituality, and Physiology

Heather Buttle
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 670724
  • - Review Article

Mindful Emotion Regulation: Exploring the Neurocognitive Mechanisms behind Mindfulness

Alessandro Grecucci | Edoardo Pappaianni | ... | Remo Job
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 520619
  • - Research Article

An Exploratory Analysis of the Relationship between Cardiometabolic Risk Factors and Cognitive/Academic Performance among Adolescents

Ting-Kuang Yeh | Ying-Chun Cho | ... | Chun-Yen Chang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 687020
  • - Research Article

The Effects of Guided Imagery on Heart Rate Variability in Simulated Spaceflight Emergency Tasks Performers

Zhang Yijing | Du Xiaoping | ... | Wu Bin
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 731579
  • - Review Article

The Influence of Buddhist Meditation Traditions on the Autonomic System and Attention

Ido Amihai | Maria Kozhevnikov
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