Brochure, Fact Sheet: The Neurobiology Basis of Mind Body MedicineNEU
How do the mind and body interact with each other and the environment . . . and in this process actively maintain health and prevent disease? This accessable publication describes the basis for a growing awareness of an evolving convergence of many "alternative" concepts of health and disease with cutting edge concepts proposed by science. This is information that can be helpful to anyone with a chronic digestive disorder. A summary of a 1998 conference involving internationally recognized scientific leaders, and a group of prominent and unique practitioners of mind-body medicine.
Also available offline as a 22 page soft-cover color booklet (8.5" x 11"). Contact IFFGD for details.Topics: Brain-Gut, CAM, Complementary & Alternative Treatments, IFFGD, General Interest, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Stress
Fact Sheet: The Neurobiology of Stress and Emotions106
We often hear the term “stress” associated with functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Many patients experience a worsening of symptoms during times of severely stressful life events. But what is stress? How often does it occur? How does our body respond to stress? This article explores the mechanisms that link stress and emotions to responses that have evolved to ensure survival and that, in the modern world, affect health – including gastrointestinal function.
Relaxation training is an integral component of behavioral therapies for managing chronic pain, promoting health, and helping patients cope with life-threatening illness. Relaxation can also assist in managing functional GI disorders. How relaxation works and methods are described. Reviewed 2009.Topics: Brain-Gut, CAM, Complementary & Alternative Treatments, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), relaxation, Stress
Dealing with a chronic gastrointestinal disorder such as IBS can be distressing. You may have days where you don't want to leave the house. You may feel you are sensitive to certain foods and/or have made significant restrictions to your diet. You may feel abdominal cramping one minute and bloating the next. You may walk into a room and check to see where the nearest restroom is, and may even avoid social situations more than you would like. Your bowel symptoms may feel unpredictable and you wish there was something more you could do to regain a sense of control of your life.Topics: CAM, Complementary & Alternative Treatments, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), relaxation, Stress
Fact Sheet: Report from IFFGD Research Award Winner: Stress and Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Unraveling the Code211
Report from IFFGD Research Award Winner – Some common medical conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), fibromyalgia, and migraine headaches may be stress-related. Understanding of the mind and body's responses called upon during stress may provide insight on the underlying cause of IBS and open the door to new and more effective treatment. "Stress" is a term doctors use to describe normal responses in the body that are needed for health and survival. Our bodies regularly respond to the constant flow of changes that happen around and within us. CRF is the brain's "stress hormone." When stimulated, it interacts with many systems within the body. These interactions include those between the brain and the digestive tract. They effect whether or not we feel discomfort or pain, and the way our bowels move. In some people, the stress response is overactive. When the stress response is out of balance, unwanted symptoms can result.
Everyday, ordinary life is challenging enough if you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Add the obligations, deadlines, family dynamics, food focus, and travel issues that are associated with the holiday season, and it can be easy to feel anxious and overwhelmed. This busy time can also be one of great joy, as you get to experience the security of tradition, the warmth of being with loved ones, and the time to reconnect with spiritual roots. In order to achieve a healthy balance, self care becomes essential.
Fact Sheet: Report from IFFGD Research Award Winner: Role of the Central Immune System in Functional Disorders225
A new concept of activation of immune cells within the central nervous system (CNS), including the brain and the spinal cord, has been proposed as a major factor contributing to the generation and maintenance of chronic pain.
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