stress

Art and meditation reduce stress in cancer patients

Sunday, December 02, 2012 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer
Tags: meditation, cancer patients, stress reduction

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
CDC issues flu vaccine apology: this year's vaccine doesn't work!
Tetanus vaccines found spiked with sterilization chemical to carry out race-based genocide against Africans
Biologist explains how marijuana causes tumor cells to commit suicide
BAM! Chipotle goes 100% non-GMO; flatly rejecting the biotech industry and its toxic food ingredients
Companies begin planting microchips under employees' skin
NJ cops bust teenagers shoveling snow without a permit
U2's Bono partners with Monsanto to destroy African agriculture with GMOs
Russia throws down the gauntlet: energy supply to Europe cut off; petrodollar abandoned as currency war escalates
McDonald's in global profit free fall as people everywhere increasingly reject chemically-altered toxic fast food
Chemotherapy kills cancer patients faster than no treatment at all
FDA targets Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps for sharing health benefits of coconut oil
Why flu shots are the greatest medical fraud in history
600 strains of an aerosolized thought control vaccine already tested on humans; deployed via air, food and water
Flu vaccine kills 13 in Italy; death toll rises
Italian court rules mercury and aluminum in vaccines cause autism: US media continues total blackout of medical truth
The 21 curious questions we're never allowed to ask about vaccines
Vicious attack on Dr. Oz actually waged by biotech mafia; plot to destroy Oz launched after episode on glyphosate toxicity went viral
Orthorexia Nervosa - New mental disorder aimed at people who insist on eating a clean diet

Delicious
(NaturalNews) It has been well established that stress and anxiety hamper healing and lead to worse outcomes in people with chronic diseases such as cancer. Now, a new study conducted by researchers from the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine and published in the journal Stress and Health, shows that a program focusing on mindfulness meditation and expressive art can actually produce changes in the brain leading to lower stress levels.

Although the researchers had previously studied the effects of Mindfulness-based Art Therapy (MBAT) on stress and quality of life on cancer patients, the new study was the first time anyone had looked at the physiological effects of the therapy.

"Our goal was to observe possible mechanisms for the observed psychosocial effects of MBAT by evaluating the cerebral blood flow changes associated with an MBAT intervention in comparison with a control of equal time and attention," said lead author Daniel Monti.

MBAT causes changes in the brain

The study was performed on 18 people who had been diagnosed with breast cancer between six months and three years prior to the start of the study, and who were not currently receiving any treatment for the disease. Participants were randomly assigned to either to a control group, consisting of an education program, or to an MBAT group.

The MBAT therapy consisted of two parts. The first part, Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR), included courses in awareness of breathing, awareness of emotion, and mindful eating, listening, walking and yoga. The second component consisted of art activities designed to give participants the ability to express themselves - particularly their emotions - in a meaningful way, as well as to improve their self-regulation and coping abilities.

All participants answered a 90-question symptom checklist at both the beginning and end of the eight-week study. Researchers also took functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans of the participants while at rest, while performing a neutral task, while meditating, while performing a stressful task, and then at rest again. These scans allowed the researchers to get a picture of cerebral blood flow in response to various activities.

Participants who underwent MBAT therapy scored significantly lower on anxiety tests than participants in the control group. They also showed significantly more blood flow to the brain's emotional centers, including the left insula, which plays a role in the perception of emotions, the amygdala, which regulates the experience of stress, the hippocampus, which regulates the physiological stress response, and the caudate nucleus, associated with the experience of rewards.

The observed changes in cerebral blood flow help explain prior findings that MBSR therapy can significantly reduce anxiety, depression and other forms of psychological distress.

In women with breast cancer, reduction in psychological distress is significantly correlated with improved immune function, as well as higher quality of life and more effective coping.

"With the sample size enlarged, perhaps we can extrapolate these results to other disease populations and gain a fuller understanding of the physiological mechanisms by which mindfulness practices confer psychological benefits," Monti said.

Sources:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121128182721.htm

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.