Mind-body therapy can reduce stress and promote healing for mesothelioma patients
Mind-body therapy can reduce stress, promote healing and help mesothelioma patients cope with the rigors of medical cancer treatment.
Individual differences in healing have long been recognized. Clinical observations have suggested that negative mood or stress is associated with slower healing. Basic mind-body research is now confirming this observation.
Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and the tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases (TIMPs), whose expression can be controlled by cytokines, play a role in wound healing.
Using a blister chamber wound model on human forearm skin exposed to ultraviolet light, researchers have demonstrated that stress or a change in mood is sufficient to modulate MMP and TIMP expression and, presumably, wound healing.
Activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) and sympathetic-adrenal medullary (SAM) systems can modulate levels of MMPs, providing a physiological link among mood, stress, hormones, and wound healing.
This line of basic research suggests that activation of the HPA and SAM axes, even in individuals within the normal range of depressive symptoms, could alter MMP levels and change the course of wound healing in blister wounds.This information is courtesy of the National Institutes of Health
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