Mind-Body Therapies and Cardiovascular Disease

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Feb 24, 2014

Mind-body therapies and biology-based therapies are the treatment modalities most commonly used among patients with heart disease who turn to complementary and alternative medicine, according to a report in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2013; doi: 10.1155/2013/672097). Researchers based this conclusion on an analysis of a variety of studies and surveys, including the American 2007 National Health Interview Survey and international surveys conducted through 2010.

Mind-body therapies most used by patients with cardiac conditions include meditation and deep breathing. Study authors noted that in contrast to many concerns related to popular biology-based therapies such as herbal supplements, “a growing body of research suggest[s] that [mind-body therapies] are relatively safe and may have measurable benefits for cardiovascular health.” Movement-based mind-body activities include qigong, tai chi and yoga.

To read the study, go to http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/672097.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Luigi Scorcia

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at www.shirleyarcher.com.