More mind-body resources


The Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota offers Healing Imagery, a course that is fully relavent to this topic. Courses are open to current students at the University of Minnesota, students at other academic institutions, and lifelong learners in the community. For assistance with registrations, or for more information, please contact Erin Fider.


American Psychological Association
This site has a number of articles and resources on stress and its impact on health.

CAM on PubMed
This is a free online government database where you can find scientific studies on the use of mind-body therapies for various conditions. (If you don't find it here, try PubMed itself.)

Center for Mind-Body Medicine
This Center offers a professional training program in mind/body/spirit medicine. It also offers mind-body exercises for all.

The Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota
This Center offers many mind-body programs for healthcare students, faculty and practitioners, as well as MBSR classes open to everyone.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
This federal government site gives an overview of mind-body therapies and addresses some specific applications.

Review of the Research on Mind-Body Therapies
An excellent summary of the evidence base for various mind-body therapies for various conditions published in the The Journal of the American Board of Family Practice.

Books & Articles

Ahola K, Sirén I, Kivimäki M, Ripatti S, Aromaa A, et al. (2012). Work-related exhaustion and telomere length: A population-based study. PLoS ONE 7(7): e40186.

Achterberg, Jean, Dossey, Barbara, Kokmeier, Leslie (1992). Rituals of Healing. New York: Bantam. 

Baltzell, James (2006). Why Meditation Works. London: Polair Publishing.

Begley, Sharon (2007). Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain. New York: Ballantine Books.

Benson, H. (1996). Harnassing the Power of the Placebo Effect and Renaming it 'Remembered Wellness.' Annual Review of Medicine.

Benson, H. (1975). The Relaxation Response. New York: Avon. 

Benson, Herbert (1996). Timeless Healing: The Power and Biology of Belief. New York: Scribner.

Borysenko, J. (1993). Fire in the Soul: A New Psychology of Spiritual Optimism. New York: Warner Books.

Borysenko, Joan (1987). Minding the Body, Mending the Mind. Reading, Mass.: Addison Wesley.

Brydon, L., Walker, C., Wawrzyniak, A.J., Chart, H., Steptoe, A. (2009). Dispositional optimism and stress-induced changes in immunity and negative mood. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity; 23(6):810-6.

Chainani-Wu, N., Weidner, G., Ornish, D., et al. (2011). Changes in emerging cardiac biomarkers after an intensive lifestyle intervention;108(4):498-507.

Diener, E. (2008). Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.

Dossey, Barbara (1995). Using Imagery to Help Your Patient Heal. AJN, 95(6), 41-47.

Dossey, L. (1993). Healing Words: The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine. San Francisco: Harper. 

Dossey, Larry (1999). Reinventing Medicine: Beyond Mind-Body to a New Era of Healing. San Francisco: Harper Collins Publishers.

Dossey, L. (1997). The Return of Prayer, editorial (Notes on the Journey). Alternative Therapies, 3(6), 10-17, 113-120.

Dreher, Henry (2004). Mind-Body Unity: A New Vision for Mind-Body Science and Medicine. Baltimore, Md.: Johns Hopkins Press.

Dusek, J.A., Hibberd, P.L., Buczynski, B., et al. (2008). Stress management versus lifestyle modification on systolic hypertension and medication elimination: a randomized trial. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine; 14(2):129-38.

Emmons, Henry, MD (2006). The Chemistry of Joy: A Three-Step Program for Overcoming Depression Through Western Science and Eastern Wisdom. New York: Simon and Schuster.

Fredrickson, B. (2009). Positivity. New York: Three Rivers Press.

Goleman, D., Gurin, J. (1996). Mind-Body Medicine. New York: Consumer Reports.

Gordon, J. (1996). Manifesto for a New Medicine: Your Guide to Healing Partnerships and the Wise Use of Alternative Therapies. New York: Addison-Wesley.

Gordon, J. (2008). Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression. New York: Penguin Press.

Horrigan, B. (1999). Interview with Jeanne Achterberg, PhD: Imagery, Ceremony, and Healing Rituals. Alternative Therapies, 5(5).

Kabat-Zinn, J. (2005). Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness. New York: Hyperion.

Kabat-Zinn, Jon (1991). Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness. New York: Delta.

Kabat-Zinn, Jon (1994). Wherever You Go, There You Are. New York: Hyperion.

Kabat-Zinn, J., Lipworth, L., Burney, R., & Sellers, W. (1987). Four-year follow-up of a meditation program for the self-regulation of chronic pain: treatment outcomes and compliance. Clinical Journal of Pain , 2, 159–173.

Kornfield, J. (1993). A Path With Heart. New York: Bantam Books.

Lake, J., MD (2007). Integrative Mental Health Care: From Theory to Practice: Part 1. Alternative Therapies, 13(6). 

Lake, J., MD, Spiegel, D., MD (2007). Complementary and Alternative Treatments in Mental Health Care. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Publishing.

Lemaire, J.B., Wallace, J.E. (2011). The effect of a biofeedback-based stress management tool on physician stress: a randomized controlled clinical trial.Open Medicine;5(4):e154-63.

McCraty, R., Atkinson, M., Lipsenthal, L., Arguelles, L. (2009). New hope for correctional officers: an innovative program for reducing stress and health risks. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback; 34(4):251-72.

McCraty, R. & Atkinson, M. (2012). Resilience training program reduces physiological and psychological stress in police officers. Global Advances in Health and Medicine, 5(1).

Monaghan, P., Viereck, E. (1999). Meditation: The Complete Guide. Novato, Calif.: New World Library.

Moyers, Bill (1993). Healing and the Mind. New York: Doubleday.

Olness, K., Kohen, D. (1996). Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy with Children, 3rd edition. New York: Guilford Press.

Pelletier, K. (2000). The Best Alternative Medicine. New York: Simon and Schuster.

Pelletier, K. (1992). Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer. New York: Delta.

Pert, C. (1997). Molecules of Emotion: Why You Feel the Way You Feel. New York: Scribner.

Rossi, E. (2002). The Psychology of Gene Expression: Neuroscience and Neurogenesis in Hypnosis and the Healing Arts. New York: Norton. 

Rossi, E. (2002). Psychosocial Genomic: Gene Expression, Neurogenesis, and Human Experience in Mind-Body Medicine. Advances in Mind-Body Medicine, 18(2).

Santorelli, Saki (2000). Heal Thyself: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine. New York: Bell Tower.

Seaward, B.L. (2009). Managing Stress: Principles and Strategies for Health and Well-Being. 6th ed. Sudbury, Mass.: Jones & Bartlett Publishers.

Shannon, S. (2002). Handbook of Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Mental Health. Academic Press.

Singh Khalsa, D., MD (2001). Meditation as Medicine. New York: Pocket Books.

Snyder, Mariah, Lindquist, Ruth (2006). Complementary/Alternative Therapies in Nursing, 5th edition. New York: Springer Publishing.

Spiegel, D. (2012). Mind matters in cancer survival. Psycho-Oncology; 21(6), 588-593.

Sternberg, E. (2001). The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions. New York: W. H. Freeman and Co.

Thich Nhat Hanh (1987). The Miracle of Mindfulness. Boston: Beacon.

Umberson, D., et al. (2010). Social relationships and health: A flashpoint for health policy. Journal of Health and Social Behavior;51:S54.

Umlauf, M. (1997). Healing Meditation (Nurse as Healer Series). Albany, New York: Delmar.

Yalom, I. (1975). The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy, 2nd edition. New York: Basic Books.