Title

Nature, Mind, and Medicine: A Model for Mind-Body Healing

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2018

Department

Educational Leadership

Abstract

Objective

The human mind-body possesses a remarkable innate ability to heal. Grounded in the evolutionarily conserved systems of the brain and body, nature appears to function as the fundamental source of wellness along the two vectors of attention and relaxation. Yet, our species is moving away from nature at a time when humanity is just beginning to rediscover its benefits.

Conclusions

Exposure to natural environments may provide a "window" of healing that can be extended through a continuum of intervention through the use of guided meditation and ultimately hypnotic suggestion. The result may be an improved ability to promote greater executive functioning and more robust immune regulation. The time has come for a more holistic medicine guided by the hand of nature.

Publication Title

EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing

DOI

10.1016/j.explore.2018.01.001

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