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International Perspectives on Self-Regulation and Health

  • John G. Carlson
  • A. Ronald Seifert

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introduction

    1. A. Ronald Seifert, John G. Carlson
      Pages 1-13
  3. Cardiovascular and Central Disorders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-16
    2. Robert M. Kelsey, Edward S. Katkin
      Pages 41-63
    3. Thomas Elbert, Brigitte Rockstroh, Anthony Canavan, Niels Birbaumer, Werner Lutzenberger, Isolde von Bülow et al.
      Pages 65-94
    4. James E. Skinner, Mirna Mitra, Keith Fulton
      Pages 95-117
  4. Neuromuscular Disorders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-120
    2. Akitane Mori, Isao Yokoi, Hideaki Kabuto, Midori Hiramatsu, Michael J. Kwon, Masakatsu Shimada et al.
      Pages 133-144
    3. Ronald L. Webster
      Pages 145-159
  5. Psychoneuroimmunology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-162
    2. Robert Ader
      Pages 163-181
    3. Nicholas R. S. Hall, Robert Kvarnes
      Pages 183-195
    4. Maurice G. King, Alan J. Husband
      Pages 197-204
  6. Pain

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-206
    2. Wolfgang Larbig
      Pages 223-237
    3. Masamichi Satoh
      Pages 255-266
    4. Lang Yan Xia, J. Peter Rosenfeld, Kun Hou Huang
      Pages 267-280
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 281-291

About this book

Introduction

An attractive feature of self-regulation therapies is that, instead of doing something to the patients, they teach them to do something for them­ selves. Furthermore, the fact that the patient is able to do something to cope with his or her health problem can produce a significant reduction in the stress that may have contributed to that problem and in the additional stress that it produces. While the idea that the mind can playa role in the health of the body and some therapeutic techniques based on this idea are not new, remarkable scientific advances have been made recently in the area of self-regulation and health. There has been an exciting and rapidly accel­ erating increase in our basic science knowledge of homeostasis, or, in other words, how the body regulates itself in order to maintain health. Technical and conceptual advances are increasing our knowledge of the details of such regulation at all levels-cells, tissues, organs, organ sys­ tems, and the body as a whole. We are learning how the competing demands of different elements at each of these levels are adjusted by the brain, which, with its neural and humoral mechanisms, is the supreme organ of integration of the body.

Keywords

Enhancement acupuncture brain cardiac function health homeostasis intervention neuropeptides neurotransmitter opioid patients peptides perception stress tissue

Editors and affiliations

  • John G. Carlson
    • 1
  • A. Ronald Seifert
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Hawaii at ManoaHonoluluUSA
  2. 2.Behavioral Institute of AtlantaAtlantaUSA

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