Meditation in Medical Setting Is Increasing

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on May 26, 2010

Mind-Body-Spirit News

More effort should be made to apply meditation practice in clinical and medical educational settings that are practical, effective and meaningful, according to a review of research and practices published in Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice (2010; 37, [1], 81–90). Lead author Luke Fortney, MD, department of family medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison, wrote, “Meditation is now widely known and accepted as a beneficial mind-body practice by the general public and in the scientific community.”

Studies have shown that meditation practices are beneficial for many health issues, including the following:

  • tension headaches
  • psoriasis
  • hypertension
  • cholesterol
  • smoking cessation
  • alcohol abuse
  • heart disease
  • longevity and cognitive function in the elderly
  • chronic pain
Study authors recommended that medical professionals and students should receive education and training on the benefits of meditation and should use this mind-body tool.

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at