, which involves whole-body relaxation, mental imagery and mindfulness training led by a qualified coach, has long been practiced in China.
Half were given IBMT
training while the rest were taught relaxation techniques.
IBMT, which involves whole body relaxation, mental imagery and mindfulness training led by a qualified coach, has long been practiced in China.
We found that participants who received IBMT training also experienced a significant decrease in their craving for cigarettes," co-author of the paper, Yi-Yuan Tang of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, said.
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The researchers found greater density of axons, or nerve fibres, after two weeks of IBMT training, but no change in myelin formation.
Students undergoing IBMT also reported improvements in mood, experiencing reduced levels of anger, depression, anxiety and fatigue.
After a month, or about 11 hours of IBMT, both increases in axon density and myelin formation were found as measured by fractional anisotropy, axial diffusivity and radial diffusivity-the important indexes for measuring the integrity of white matter fibers.
We believe these changes may be reflective of the time of training involved in IBMT.
The new research involved 45 UO students (28 males and 17 females); 22 subjects received IBMT while 23 participants were in a control group that received the same amount of relaxation training.
The researchers currently are extending their evaluation to determine if longer exposure to IBMT will produce positive changes in the size of the anterior cingulate.
In a 2007 study, the researchers had reported that doing IBMT
prior to a mental math test led to low levels of the stress hormone cortisol among Chinese students, along with lower levels of anxiety, depression, anger and fatigue than students in a relaxation control group.