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Celebrating 15 Years Exploring the Science of Healing

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To celebrate its 15-year anniversary, Samueli Institute invited guests to gather and share stories of the positive impact the Institute’s research has had in helping patients, policymakers, service members and veterans find evidence-based alternative, complementary and integrative treatments for chronic pain and illness.

In 2001, Henry & Susan Samueli launched Samueli Institute to explore the science of healing and expand the evidence base for complementary and integrative medicine. In the ensuing decade and a half, Institute researchers published more than 700 peer-reviewed articles and hosted scientific conferences of global experts, developed programs for pain, stress and performance for the military and supported healthy communities across the United States.

 

Now, after 15 years of service to the integrative health, healthcare, and military communities, Samueli Institute will cease research and programmatic operations in 2017.

 

“I am enormously proud of the work that Samueli Institute and all of its staff, fellows and grantees have accomplished. And I am grateful to Henry and Susan Samueli for their investment in time, money and expertise in supporting the work of the Institute,” said Wayne Jonas, MD, Samueli Institute President & CEO.

State of the Evidence on Training Programs for Self-Management of Emotional Stress

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Limiting the stressors in our lives is not always possible; however, managing HOW we deal with the stress can be within our control. Nearly half of Americans report that their stress levels have increased in the last five years making effective treatments to decrease psychological distress in demand. Even more so, are mind-body programs that provide individuals the opportunity to have greater control over their own health. This focus on the self-management of health is a global phenomenon with increasing usage of complementary and integrative health practices being reported in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Europe.

 

In 2008, 19% of U.S. adults (more than 55 million people) reported using at least one mind-body therapy during the previous 12 months and in 2012, deep-breathing exercises, meditation, yoga, tai chi and qi gong were among the most frequently used techniques. These therapies are based on the biopsychosocial model, a perspective that acknowledges that biological, psychological (e.g., thoughts, emotions, and behaviors), and social factors all play a significant role in human functioning in the context of wellness and illness. It is often used to describe the concept of the “mind–body connection.”

 

In 2008, 19% of U.S. adults (more than 55 million people) reported using at least one mind-body therapy during the previous 12 months.

NEW REPORT PUBLISHED

A recent Samueli Institute report evaluated the existing body of randomized controlled trials on biopsychosocial training programs for the self-management of emotional stress. The report is especially impactful for researchers, clinicians and policy-makers as they develop new programs and assess the utility of existing ones. Continue reading “State of the Evidence on Training Programs for Self-Management of Emotional Stress” »

New Legislation to Address Opioid Crisis

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A message from Wayne B. Jonas, MD

A message from Wayne B. Jonas, MD

Each day more than 50 people in the U.S. die from prescription pain relievers. When you add the deaths related to heroin, that number jumps to 80 per day.[i]  Last week Congress passed legislation that hopes to reduce those figures. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), S. 524 was passed by the Senate in a nearly-unanimous (92-2) vote.  Having been previously passed by the House, it was recently signed by President Barack Obama.

Update: President Obama signed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 on July 22nd. Read the White House press release.

In these days of bipartisan politics, passage of the act shows the depth and breadth of the opioid crisis. No one is safe from the opioid epidemic as it crosses both racial and socio-economic lines.

What New Opioid Legislation Means for Pain Care and Integrative Medicine

According to the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act is long overdue. But with it comes a solution that encompasses what CADCA refers to as the “six pillars.” Continue reading “New Legislation to Address Opioid Crisis” »

Does Biofield Healing Work? 3 Challenges of the New Field

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New is scary. That is especially significant in a field like medicine that is based on proven theories of respected experts, the evidence of scientific research, and finally the knowledge of clinical practice. Scientists are now only beginning to understand the potential impact that the human biofield can have upon healing.

Like all fields in their infancy, integrating biofield healing into mainstream medicine is slow and the field is facing some major challenges to progress. Continue reading “Does Biofield Healing Work? 3 Challenges of the New Field” »

New Academic Journal Special Issue Explores the Science of Energy Medicine

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gahmj.2015.4.issue-suppl.largecoverFor centuries global healing traditions, such as Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, made use of a vital force—called chi or prana— to stimulate and guide healing. Today a new report compiling scholarship from leading researchers and health care providers considers how modern medicine could benefit from the use of these time-honored healing practices.

A special issue of the peer-reviewed journal Global Advances of Health and Medicine released today explores the theoretical and scientific basis for biofield science, the emerging field of research that studies how energy and information help guide our health. The 12 articles in the special issue explore the scientific evidence behind energy therapies such as Healing Touch and Reiki and examines whether healing intention can improve health outcomes. Continue reading “New Academic Journal Special Issue Explores the Science of Energy Medicine” »

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