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Meditation Over Medication

Meditation or Medication


School Of Spirituality
Prophecy, Philosophy, Theology,
Hebrew Meditation & Mysticism,
Practical Kabbalah
& Miracles


'Meditation Over Medication'

This paper reviews the evidence for changes of Meditation on body and brain physiology and for clinical effectiveness in disorders of psychiatry. The aim of Meditation is to reduce or eliminate irrelevant thought processes through training of internalized attention, thought to lead to physical and mental relaxation, stress reduction, psycho-emotional stability and enhanced concentration.

Physiological evidence shows a reduction with Meditation of stress-related autonomic and endocrine measures, while neuroimaging studies demonstrate the functional up-regulation of brain regions of affect regulation and attention control. Clinical studies show some evidence for the effectiveness of Meditation in disorders of affect, anxiety and attention. The combined evidence from neurobiological and clinical studies seems promising.

However, a more thorough understanding of the neurobiological mechanisms of action and clinical effectiveness of the different Meditative practices is needed before Meditative practices can be leveraged in the prevention and intervention of mental illness.A prospective investigation was designed to test whether the altered behavior of the regular practice of a relaxation, meditational technique might lower blood pressure in 22 borderline hypertensive subjects.

The investigation was unbiased with regard to the presence of antihypertensive agents; subject familiarity with blood pressure measurement or 3. Meditation Over Medicationwith the observer; observer error; and the effects of blood pressure variability. During the control period, blood pressures averaged 146.5 mm Hg systolic and 94.6 diastolic. During the experimental period, they decreased to 139.5 mm Hg systolic (p < 0.001) and 90.8 mm Hg diastolic (0.001 < p < 0.002). The results of this relaxation, meditational technique are consistent with a hypothesized integrated hypothalamic response associated with decreased sympathetic nervous system activity.

It is possible that the decreased blood pressures are unrelated to the proposed mechanism of decreased sympathetic nervous system activity and represent, instead, a placebo effect. Regardless of mechanism, the described relaxation, meditational technique is an effective method of lowering borderline hypertensive blood pressures. The relaxation technique is learned easily and inexpensively, practiced at no cost, and has no pharmacologic side effects.

Supported in part by grants from the United States Public Health Service (HL 14486-02, RR-76 from the General Clinical Research Centers Program of the Division of Research Resources, HL 10539-07, HD 03693, and T01 Ai 00068) and the General Service Foundation.

Address reprint requests to Dr. Benson at the Beth Israel Hospital, 330 Brookline Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02215, U.S.A..
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