More doctors are beginning to embrace mindfulness as a complementary therapy. The practice that trains the mind to focus on the present moment is being used to help manage high blood pressure, bronchitis, gastrointestinal distress, headaches, sleep disturbances, and sexual dysfunction, among other conditions. Mindfulness is effective in several ways. It can reduce stress, which may relieve symptoms and possibly resolve some disorders. Mindfulness also helps people cope better with disease by helping them accept discomfort and thereby suffer less.
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