Research on the Health Benefits

of Meditation


The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health of the National Institutes of Health has summarized some of the research on meditation, including findings that meditation can help with the following problems (click here for more details)

Anxiety

Depression

Insomnia

Fatigue

Pain

High Blood Pressure

Stress-Induced Inflammation

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Ulcerative Colitis

Tobacco Addiction

In addition, meditation can improve the brain's ability to process information, possibly slowing, stalling or reversing the adverse cognitive effects of normal aging

Here is the introduction to a 1996 book on the physical and psychological effects of meditation, which also provides an interesting history of meditation East and West. However, a lot of research has taken place since that time, including looking at all 3 billion base pairs of the human genome for the effects of meditation (click here for a review)

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