The Bay Area Physicians at GI Bay recommend stress reducing practices such as meditation to help treat gut problems. It is a well known fact that emotions, stress and extraneous factors cause and aggravate numerous disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Migraine and Premenstrual syndromes. The link between mind and matter is strong but not well understood. Recent discoveries in the field of neuroscience and behavioral medicine are validating the efficacy of meditation, cognitive behavioral therapy in chronic pain disorders. Functional MRI scans reveal that mindfulness meditation, thoughts of love and compassion and cognitive behavioral therapy markedly lessen the pain perception in these conditions and can be used in conjunction with standard medical therapy. Recent studies have shown that soldiers returning from war zones have benefited from Transcendental Meditation (TM) in dealing with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
It may be time to re-evaluate chronic pain conditions in light of these advances. It is time to shift medical focus from illness to wellness using a Holistic approach.
We at Bay Area Gastroenterology are open to evaluation of these treatment advances. If you would like more information, please contact your Bay Area Physician today.