What is Mindfulness practice? Leading Integrative Medicine experts describes how Mindfulness can help cancer treatment and recovery. What are the best books on Mindfulness? How to apply Mindfulness in daily life?
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How to use mindfulness meditation in cancer recovery? Dr. Anton Titov, MD. Mindfulness therapy in multiple sclerosis treatment. Cancer applications of mindfulness therapy. How to practice mindfulness? Which books to read about Mindfulness meditation? “The Power of Now”. Eckhart Tolle. Full Catastrophe living. Jon Kabat-Zinn. Video interview with top expert in integrative medicine. Medical second opinion ensures that multiple sclerosis diagnosis is correct and complete. Medical second opinion also helps to choose the best holistic treatment strategy for multiple sclerosis. Seek medical second opinion on multiple sclerosis and be confident that your holistic natural treatment is the best. Mindfulness therapy for cancer recovery. Mindfulness for multiple sclerosis. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. What is mindfulness? How can you apply the principles of mindfulness for health benefits? This is one of the practices of the mind-body medicine. You have a particular interest in mind-body medicine. Dr. Kevin Barrows, MD. Integrative Medicine specialist, Director of Mindfulness Program, UCSF. Yes. Mindfulness. the simplest way to express it is that it’s a way of paying attention. Origins of Mindfulness are ancient Buddhist practice about 2500 years ago. But the form in which we use Mindfulness in medicine is completely secular. Most patients would say this. Mindfulness is really a universal method for how the human mind works. The qualities of attention that we cultivate sometimes. Mindfulness trains a practice of concentration. So sometimes the mind is focused on something. Then it stays there longer. And there are certain qualities of attention in addition to that concentration. There are things like openness, letting go. There is a witness perspective that is cultivated. So there is a part of you that is watching your mind’s activity or your body’s sensations. Your mind is not being reactive. Your mind is just observing. The research shows that mindfulness has positive influence. Mindfulness training is often delivered an eight-week class format. There’s over 120 experimental trials now on Mindfulness. Vast majority of clinical trial results are positive. The conclusions include that mindfulness is helpful for depression. It is helpful for anxiety. There are smaller studies on use of Mindfulness for other mental health disorders. Mindfulness helps also chronic pain diseases. It helps a whole variety of chronic pain diseases. Mindfulness has a lot of cancer-related applications. It improves quality of life. It decreases fatigue. Mindfulness helps sleep. It reduces the stress of going through cancer treatment. And then several other smaller studies on use of Mindfulness showed its benefit in other diseases. For example, Mindfulness helps irritable bowel syndrome. It helps with specific populations like the inner-city population in the US or in bilingual groups. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. Sometimes we discuss Mindfulness and observation of the body and breathing. There is a well-known book by Eckhart Tolle. The Power of Now. Is that a book that you would recommend to your patients? Maybe there are some other resources that are widely available that you usually recommend. Perhaps you could mention those resources on Mindfulness too? Dr. Kevin Barrows, MD. Yes. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. That really is Mindfulness. When I first read that book I was impressed. I don’t think he says the word mindfulness in the whole book. I also think he focuses more on the spiritual benefits of the practice of Mindfulness. Benefits can be immense. The tradition from which Mindfulness came from is primarily spiritual. So I love that book, Power of Now. I do recommend it. However, in the medical setting I don’t commonly recommend it. Sometimes the patient is displaying to me that they are interested in that level of self awareness in the spiritual domain. Then I will recommend it. the book The Power of Now. But for bringing Mindfulness into the middle of their suffering is difficult. Patients have back pain, anxiety disorder, whatever it is. There are some other books that I recommend. Jon Kabat-Zinn is the founder of this mindfulness-based stress reduction format. In 1979 he started this. And his books are excellent. There’s a book called “Full Catastrophe Living”. That is the textbook for an eight-week class on Mindfulness. And then there’s another book by Jon Kabat-Zinn. It is much easier and shorter to read. It is called “Wherever you go, there you are”. Sometimes someone’s just interested in tasting Mindfulness a little bit. I recommend that latter book. Sometimes someone is going to really do the practice of Mindfulness. For Mindfulness class we recommend “Full Catastrophe Living”. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. Thank you, this is very useful to know. What is Mindfulness? Using mindfulness in cancer recovery and autoimmune diseases, multiple sclerosis, irritable bowel syndrome. Best books on Mindfulness.