Mind-Body Medicine is an approach to healing which proposes that the mind, with its thoughts and beliefs, is closely connected with the physical body and its healing. This is truly a holistic practice, utilizing many different therapies such as yoga, relaxation, meditation, hypnosis, guided imagery and psychotherapy. Mind-body medicine studies psycho-social influences on physical well-being, and is supported by current findings from studies on heart diseases, cancer and immune system disorders. When practiced, emphasis is placed on the meaning of a particular illness, and the communicative, healing relationship between the doctor and patient.