Mayo Clinic study of Gupta Amygdala Retraining
The Mayo Clinic study of Gupta Amygdala Retraining was published in April this year. There are some serious problems with the study, eg the high drop out rate, but leaving those aside, this is what the researchers wrote about Gupta Amygdala Retraining:
“Amygdala retraining serves to restore a more normal state of homeostasis through deconditioning the amygdala-mediated fear response to distressing internal sensations and thoughts. This is accomplished through several mind–body techniques that promote relaxation and attempt to reorient attention away from the distressing symptoms of the viscera or catastrophizing thoughts.”
The researchers concluded:
“The findings from this pilot randomized clinical trial of amygdala retraining provide reason for guarded optimism regarding the addition of mind–body techniques in helping patients cope with symptoms of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.”
Note that they only said, “helping patients cope with symptoms”. They did not say that it could cure these conditions. The word “cure” doesn’t appear in the article at all. Neither do the words “recovery” or “neuroplasticity”.
Toussaint LL, Whipple MO, Abboud LL, Vincent A, Wahner-Roedler DL. (2012) ‘A mind-body technique for symptoms related to fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.’ Explore (NY). 8(2):92-8. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22385563
The study is available in full here: http://www.guptaprogramme.com/mayoclinicstudy2012.pdf.