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Victims of Warfare Turn to Self-Regulation

May 19th 2009

Residents of timeworn Gaza are looking to the future to help them cope with the stress of warfare, according to a recent report by the Associated Press. More and more Gazans are turning to alternative forms of medicine that rely on self-regulation, like biofeedback and meditation, to help relieve stress...
Posted by: Alfi
Residents of timeworn Gaza are looking to the future to help them cope with the stress of warfare, according to a recent report by the Associated Press.

More and more Gazans are turning to alternative forms of medicine that rely on self-regulation, like biofeedback and meditation, to help relieve stress.

Dr. James S. Gordon, director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, D.C. (CMBM), has been teaching Gaza health professionals about self-regulated techniques since 2005.

“We are teaching very simple tools of self-care,” said Dr. Gordon, who offers a similar program in Israel, according to AP.

The center has launched similar programs in Kosovo, where Gordon and associates have used mind-body healing techniques to heal victims of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with resounding success.

A recent study published by the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that mind-body techniques like biofeedback and self-expression significantly reduced symptoms of PTSD like stress, flashbacks and nightmares among 82 students.

The number of students suffering from symptoms of PTSD dropped from 100 percent to 18 percent during the three-month long study.

"This study provides scientific evidence for the efficacy of a model taught to almost 3,000 health and mental health professionals and educators worldwide," said Dr. Gordon, according to Business Wire. CMBM's approach is educational and powerfully effective and can be taught and used by people of all ages on their own.

Similar mind-body techniques are being used to heal residents in Israel and Hurricane Katrina victims in Louisiana, the report concludes.