The connection between the body and the mind is one that has been argued and considered for a very long time. The ancient Greek philosophers considered it as one of the fundamental questions in the nature of the human character. When it comes up again, making its way from the recesses of deep philosophy into mainstream thought, people tend to circle through the same arguments that have been circulating for centuries. So when there are discussions about the mind in regards to healing, there are always plentiful resources available for fodder for good conversations.
This means that whenever people are discussing health topics, the question of spiritual approach invites a wide spectrum of beliefs and opinions. There are hard empiricists who will always maintain that health is a question of cause and effect. Most of the arguments from the spiritual side of things also have this same conclusion, but the nature of the causes and effects might vary. The popularity of holistic approaches to health also makes wider berth for definition in terms of cause and effect. While the strictures of western medicine seem to limit these causes to abnormalities in the body, or invasion of germs or bacteria, the holistic approach begins to acknowledge other factors, and not the least of these is mood.
While mood, attitude, or outlook may have very little to do with some health crises, where some diseases of the body are only the outcome of an unfortunate chain of events, there are cases of spontaneous healing that make room for other notions of health in general. The older ways are making their way back into contemporary thought, and processes like dowsing do show some remarkable successes. In some cases, then, the openness of the patient to alternative forms of healing does seem to play a part in the success of the treatment.
Likewise, there are more people looking into alternatives for mundane health events. Finding ways to help headaches, mild anxiety, or for detoxification are a part of the trend toward bringing old and new together. The best of modern medical science and the best of ancient healing techniques do seem to share a lot more than they differ, and the closer the practitioners work toward integrating these, the more fodder the healing community has with which to work, trending toward a welcome and enlightening view of the body, mind, and spirit. They can certainly be treated separately, but something of a geometric progression does seem to occur often when they are treated together.