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HEALTH | WELL-BEING | PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
When science finds out that the mind changes the body
We are all more or less aware of the fact that our state of mind has a great deal of influence over our bodies. But we may not be aware that our very state of mind and thoughts – whether we are happy or relaxed, for example – changes the workings and the structure of the brain and can thus be beneficial to our health.
This is what scientists have found out as they begin to understand the way in which “new medicine” works. Hypnosis, acupuncture, cognitive remediation, neurofeedback, EMDR, Qi-Gong and music therapy – to name but a few – are having a growing role to play in the field of healthcare.
They have many applications: curing mental trauma; attenuating chronic pain; treating anxiety, epilepsy and hyperactivity; avoiding the secondary effects of drugs; curbing cardiac diseases…
This involves prevention as well as cure. Meditation, relaxation, positive thinking and improving one’s lifestyle all have a beneficial effect on the brain and the body, and can prevent one from falling ill. By taking account of the link between body and mind, we can all gain control of our well-being and our health.
This book is an anthology of articles published in the Cerveau & Psycho magazine, under the ægis of two renowned specialists. It provides scientific explanations for practices which are attracting considerable interest from both the general public and the medical profession.
Michel Le Van Quyen is a researcher at the Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Épinière (The Brain and Spinal Cord Institute) at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris. He is the author of Les pouvoirs de l’esprit (The Powers Of The Mind) published in 2015.
Christophe André is a psychiatrist at the Sainte-Anne Hospital in Paris, and is a specialist in positive psychology. He is the author of Méditer jour après jour (Daily Meditation) published in 2011 and with over 400,000 copies sold; Imparfaits, libres et heureux (Imperfect, Free And Happy) published in 2009; and Trois amis en quête de sagesse (Three Friends In Search Of Wisdom), published in 2016 and with over 370,000 copies sold.
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