What is Mind-Body Medicine?
Mind-body medicine is a broad term that encompasses many theories about disease formation and healing. At Thrive GI, we believe that every organ system in the body is interconnected, and that disease cannot only exit in one organ. If an organ is sick, then the body is sick. And the body includes the mind.
For certain patients with chronic illness, stress or trauma is major underlying cause . For others, stress is simply a reason why the body is not healing like it should. In both types of cases, addressing stress and the mental/emotional contributors to disease is imperative.
It is important to note that not every chronic health issue is related to stress or the mind-body connection. Many patients who seek naturopathic care have already been told by their PCP or other specialists that their symptoms are “all in their head”, and this statement is often dismissive and incorrect. At Thrive GI, we take the time needed to analyze all potential physical causes and contributors to disease as well as the potential that stress may be an involved factor. Just because your case is tricky to solve does not mean it is “all in your head”.