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Mind-body medicine is rooted in decades of scientific research evaluating psychological techniques in the diagnosis and treatment of persistent, unexplained physical symptoms.

The PPDA (Psychophysiologic Disorder Association) have compiled a comprehensive list of relevant articles and studies across multiple disciplines including medicine, psychology,  neuroscience and psychiatry.

Funding for research in the field of mind-body medicine is limited.  People can recover from chronic pain and illness through using simple psychological techniques and emotional exercises; this is great for patients with these conditions but does not offer the opportunity for large financial profits for the "healthcare business" industry.

However, over the past few years, small clinical trials directly examining the use of mind-body techniques have delivered some outstanding results, which will hopefully lead to more investment in future research.

Effect of Pain Reprocessing Therapy vs Placebo and Usual Care for Patients with Chronic Back Pain. Ashar YK, Gordon A, Schubiner H, Uipi C et al (2021). JAMA Psychiatry. September 2021.

Psychophysiologic symptom relief therapy for chronic back pain: a pilot randomized controlled trial.  Donnino MW, Thompson GS et al. (2021).  PAIN Reports: September 2021, Vol 6 (3), p e959.

Emotional awareness and expression therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and education for fibromyalgia: a cluster- randomized controlled trial.  Lumley, M.A. & Schubiner, H., et al (2017).  Pain, 158(12):2354-2363.


Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy Achieves Greater Pain Reduction than Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Older Adults with Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain: A Preliminary Randomized Comparison Trial. Yarns BC, Lumley MA, Cassidy JT et al.  Pain Medicine 2020, Nov 1;21(11):2811-2822.

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