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.

IDEA Fitness Journal, Volume 7, Issue 6

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

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 base...