Saturday, February 23, 2013
Samuel J. Mann, M. D. Blogs: Is There a Mind/Body Connection in Hypertension?
The mind/body connection in health and illness has been the subject of a tremendous amount of research and public interest. Studies and articles receive considerable attention in the medical, psychology and lay press because of the popular belief in such a connection, and in mind/body interventions as a means to prevent or cure conditions such as hypertension.
Over decades, thousands of studies funded by hundreds of millions of National Institutes of Health dollars have been performed. It is long past time to ask: What has this enormous body of research taught us regarding the understanding or treatment of hypertension? Should further money be poured into mind/body research in hypertension? In this two-part blog, I will address these questions, based on what research tells us, and based on my own research and clinical experience.