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Minn Med. 2009 May;92(5):47-50.

Mind-body medicine: a model of the comparative clinical impact of the acute stress and relaxation responses.

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  • 1Integrative Health Research Center, Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, Abbott Northwestern Hospital.


Although the physiological and biochemical changes that occur during the acute stress response have been well-characterized, the contrasting changes that underlie the relaxation response evoked by various mind-body techniques are less understood. To help guide future mind-body research, we present a conceptual model that integrates patterns of change at the physiological and molecular levels. In addition, we point to future research opportunities and discuss how repeated elicitation of these responses could influence the health of patients.

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