Majority are More Mindful of Practicing Self-care in Post-Pandemic World

The vast majority of U.S. adults (80%) say they will be more mindful about practicing self-care regularly once the pandemic is over, according to a new survey conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of Samueli Integrative Health Programs. Nearly half of Americans (46%) also report that they are strugglingRead …

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Aromatherapy Pilot Study Shows Reduction in Stress Among Nurses

Even under normal circumstances, nursing can be a stressful profession. The COVID-19 pandemic only exacerbates it. New research led by Marian Reven, a Ph.D. student in the West Virginia University School of Nursing, suggests that aromatherapy may reduce nurses’ on-the-job feelings of stress, anxiety, exhaustion and being overwhelmed. Her pilotRead …

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New England J of Medicine Study Stresses Need for Integration of Mind Body Medicine

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In a perspective published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from the Benson-Henry Institute (BHI) for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and from UC Davis Health call for broader use of mind-body practices. In a time when meditation, yoga and mindfulness increase in popularity forRead …

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The Important Role of Telemental Services for Medical Teams and Patients During COVID-19

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While the public health strategy of washing hands and practicing physical distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19 is effective and well underway, these measures do not address the psychological needs of the patients and health service providers. Worry about the virus spread and simply the act of social distancingRead …

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Diet and Mental Health: What is the Evidence?

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There has been a great deal of press lately on diet and mental health. A new expert review confirms that yes, diet significantly influences mental health and well being, however, the evidence for some diets is comparatively weak, says a new study in the peer-reviewed journal European Neuropsychopharmacology. “We haveRead …

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Cardiac Rehabilitation with Transcendental Meditation Increases Myocardial Blood Flow

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Can more be done besides diet and exercise to help patients better recover from a heart attack, a stroke, or to prevent one? Scientists from Columbia University Irving Medical Center and the Institute for Prevention Research conducted a study, with and without meditation, to find out. The study, published inRead …

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Phosphatidylcholine Intake from Eggs and Meat Improves Cognition

We recently posted concerns from health officials that that plant-based diets may pose a risk for vegetarians, a new study observes that the dietary intake of phosphatidylcholine is associated with a reduced risk of dementia and enhanced cognitive performance. The main dietary sources of phosphatidylcholine were eggs and meat. TheseRead …

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Matcha Tea Decreases Anxiety by Activating Dopamine and Seratonin Receptors

Many different countries have a tea culture, and Japanese Matcha tea is growing in popularity around the world. In Japan, Matcha has a long history of being used for various medicinal purposes. It has been suspected to have various beneficial effects to health, but relatively little scientific evidence supported thatRead …

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Non-Probiotics Associated with Improved Anxiety Symptoms Over Just Probiotics

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On Today’s Practitioner, we’ve been a champion of reporting on the importance of regulating gut bacteria for mood disorders (see our Mood and Microbiome Resource Center here).  A review study including 1,500 participants, published in General Psychiatry, showed that anxiety symptoms might be reduced by taking steps to regulate theRead …

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Integrative Psychiatrist Scott Shannon, MD: The Phase III MDMA Trial and the Transformation of Psychotherapy

Author Michael Pollan’s powerful 2015 New Yorker essay “The Trip Treatment” suggested that a book was coming, as it did with last year’s best seller: How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression and Transcendence. Pollan’s essay also suggested thatRead …

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