The Mind-Body Research-Group aims at conducting high-quality and rigorous research on ancestral healing practices such as Tai Chi, Chi Kung, Yoga and Reiki - among other techniques - while working specifically in order to determine "whether" and "how" these same practices work. This working group encompasses scientists and practitioners from the fields of: Biomedicine, Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Genetics, among others. Together, we apply our experience to the study of Natural Medicine.
Tai Chi and Qigong originate from ancient medical practices in Asia, dating back over 5000 years. They are defined as a series of specific body positions, as well as the movements and breathing practices, needed to sustain postures or even meditation; always focusing on achieving a relaxed state of consciousness.
Yoga is rooted in Indian Philosophy and has been a part of Indian traditional and spiritual practices for millennia. In Western society, Yoga is most often associated with physical postures, breathing-control and meditation, having become a true way to achieve physical and mental Health, by being inclusively adapted for uses in complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Reiki is a healing modality based upon physical contact for the purposes of releasing tension and pain and to accelerate natural healing. For this purpose, it relies on other medicinal procedures, such as those found in Western Classical Medicine. Despite its ancient origins and widespread use throughout the world, these practices require a rigorous scientific evaluation.
In the Mind-Body Medicine Research Group we are committed to understand the biological effects of these healing modalities and to promote their clinical and effective applications, through clinical and fundamental research.