Here are some sites, books and articles you may be interested in with research focusing on the health benefits of natural breathing, imagery, and Western approaches to psychotherapy.
with research and resources
Mind Body Medical Institute
This is the Mind Body Medical Institute at Harvard Medical School, founded by Dr. Herbert Benson. Dr. Benson, one of the pioneers of research on the health benefits of breathing, has loads of studies pertaining to treatment of many physical and emotional problems using his techniques.
Good site by author Dennis Lewis (The Tao of Natural Breathing) with research, some referenced, some not, on issues from anxiety, stress, chronic pain, asthma, hot flashes, pulmonary problems, and more.
Commercial site devoted to healing panic and anxiety through breathing, with extensive bibliography on research related to breathing.
Altru Health Systems
Site focused on using deep, relaxed breathing to reduce stress and heal depression.
>> The Breath Book: Good Health and Vitality through Essential Breathing Farhi, Donna. Owl Books. Good book on theory and practice of breathing from a yoga perspective.
>> Breathing, The Master Key to Self Healing Weil, Andrew, MD. A 2 compact disc set. Good for those who need simple breathing exercises prescribed by an MD. Sounds True at Sounds True or 1-800-333-9185.
>> Conscious Breathing;
Breathwork for Health, Stress Release, and Personal Mastery Hendricks,
Gay, Ph.D.. Bantam Books, 1995. 189 pages.
Many stories and exercises, an easy read.
>> Healthy Breathing,
One cassette tape. Simple introduction to breathing from a Taoist/qigong perspective. Healing Ways
>> The Tao of Natural
Breathing; For Health, Well-Being, and Inner Growth Lewis, Dennis,
Mountain Wind Press, 1997. 186 pages.
Explains physiology and psychology of breathing from a Taoist perspective, with several exercises. For the serious student. Tapes also available at his website, Authentic Breathing© Resources, LLC A good web site and links to many other related sites.
Imagery and Visualization Resources
An excellent commercial site by Belleruth Naparstek. Wonderful research and articles on the efficacy of imagery and health. Plenty of material for sale by many well known people who use imagery as a healing technique.
American Society of Clinical Hypnosis
Just what it says it is. Over 10,000 references to hypnosis related material, from books and articles to research.
North Shore Hypnosis
A private site for a therapist's services but more user friendly than above site with some specific areas where hypnosis is applicable in psychotherapy and links to a lot of research.
>> Rituals of Healing: Using Imagery for Health and Wellness, Achterberg, J., Dossey, B., & Kolkmeier, L. (1994). . Bantam.
>> Pain Management, A Handbook of Psychological Treatment Approaches, Barber, J. (1986). Hypnotic Analgesia. In A. Holzman & D.. Turk (Eds.) . New York: Pergamon Press.
>> Imagery for Getting Well; Clinical Applications of Behavioral Medicine, Brigham, D.D. with Davis A. and Cameron-Sampey, D. (1994). New York: W.W. Norton & Co. Inc.
>> Free Yourself from Pain, Bresler, D.E, & Turbo, R. (1979). New York: Simon and Schuster.
>> The Inner Way to Pain Control, Bresler, D.E. (1984). Mind -Controlled Analgesia: . In A.A. Sheikh (Ed.) Imagination and Healing. Farmingdale: Baywood Publishing.
>> Quantam Healing: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine, Chopra, D. (1990). New York: Bantam.
>> Focusing, Gendlin, E. (1978) New York:Bantam Bokks, Inc.
>> A review of the impact of hypnosis, relaxation, guided imagery and individual differences of aspects of immunity and health, Gruzelin, J.H.. Stress 2002, June; 5(2): 147-163.
>> Visualization: The Uses of Imagery in the Health Professions, Korn, E.R. & Johnson, K. (1983). . Homewood: Dow Jones-Irwin.
>> Imagery: Definition and Types. In A.A. Sheikh (Ed.), Imagery; Current Theory, Research, and Application, Richardson, A. (1983). New York: J. Wiley & Sons.
>> Healing Yourself: A Step by Step Program for Better Health Through Imagery, Rossman, M. (1989). New York: Pocket Books.
>> Imagination and Healing, Sheikh, A. (Ed). (1986). Farmingdale: Baywood Publishing.
>> Clinical Self-Hypnosis: The Power of Words and Images. Sander, S. (1991). New York: the Guilford Press.
>> Hypnotic Reparenting. In E. Dowd & J. Healy (Eds.) Case Studies in Hypnotherapy, (1986) Strichert, M.(1986). New York: Guilford Press.
>> Mind Power.
Zilbergeld, B., & Lazarus, A.A. (1987).Boston: Little Brown Co..
Spring Forest Qigong Websites
Master Lin teaches his four levels of SFQ through Normandale Community College. He teaches at several locations in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.
This site has the most extensive research on the health benefits of Qigong anywhere on the web. I did a mental health search and got back 100+ pages of research abstracts. However, only about 14 of those pages had research that stood up to the rigors of western science. Many of the abstracts came out of China which has less strident standards, and several abstracts where pure personal experience.
Type in "qigong" and "depression" to get abstract of recent research in results of using Spring Forest Qigong to treat depression. The first research for the efficacy of qigong and mental health that meets the western standards that I know of.
Books of Eastern Approaches to Western Psychotherapy
>> Emotional Alchemy:
How the Mind Can Heal The Heart, Bennett-Goleman T,(2002) 432 pp. Three
>> Grace Unfolding: Psychotherapy in the Spirit of the Tao Te Ching, (1994). 160 pp. New York: Harmony Books.
>> Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, Segal, Williams and Teasdale. (2001) 351 pages. New Yourk: Guilford Press.
>> Thoughts without a Thinker: Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective, Epstein, M. (1995) New York: Basic Books.
>> Toward a Psychology of Awakening: Buddhism, Psychotherapy, and the Path of Personal and Spiritual Transformation, Welwood J.,(2002) 352 pp. Boston: Shambala .
Journal articles relating to Eastern
>> The Psychotherapy
Networker, Breathing Lessons, Dougherty P., (pp 23-24), Sept., - Oct.
Journal Articles specific to Mindfulness Meditation
>> Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 10, Summer 2003:
1) Mindfulness Training as a Clinical Intervention: A Conceptual and Empirical Review,Baer, (pp 125 - 143)
2) Mindfulness Based Interventions in Context: Past, Present and Future, Kabat-Zinnpage (pp. 144 - 156)
3) Mindfulness: Method and Process,Hayes and Wilson, (pp. 161 - 165)
4) Defining and Agenda for Future Research on the Clinical Applications of Mindfulness Practice, Dimidjian and Linehan, (pp. 166 - 171)
5) Mindfulness: A Promising Intervention Strategy in Need of Further Study, Roemer and Orsillo (pp. 172 - 178)
>> Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 9, 2002:
1) Expanding Our Conceptualization of Therapy for General anxiety Disorder: Integrating Mindfulness/Acceptance Based Approaches with Existing Cognitive-Behavioral Models,Roemer and Orsillo, (pp. 54 - 68)
2) An Information-Processing Analysis of Mindfulness: Implications for Relapse Prevention in the Treatment Substance Abuse,Breslin, Zack and McMain, (pp. 275 - 299)
>> Personality and Social Psychology, April 2003 Mindfulness and Mental Health Research, Brown and Ryan
If you know of other sites with research pertaining to Qigong, breathing, or using imagery, please email me. Thank you