The following is a sample of the growing number of studies into the effects of meditation on physical and mental health.
“an effective treatment for a variety of psychological problems, and is especially effective for reducing anxiety, depression, and stress.”
Khoury, Bassam; Lecomte, Tania; Fortin, Guillaume; Masse, Marjolaine; Therien, Phillip; Bouchard, Vanessa; Chapleau, Marie-Andrée; Paquin, Karine et al “Mindfulness-based therapy: A comprehensive meta-analysis”. Clinical Psychology Review (2013)
suggested that participation in 8-week programme is associated with changes in grey matter concentration in brain regions involved in learning and memory processes, emotion regulation, self-referential processing, and perspective taking.
These increases were found in the left hippocampus, posterior cingulate cortex (PCC), the temporo-parietal junction (TPJ) and the cerebellum.
Drs. Britta Hölzel, James Carmody, et al, published “Mindfulness practice leads to increases in regional brain gray matter density” in Psychiatry Research. (2011)
better stress regulation, as measured by a faster decrease in levels of the stress hormone cortisol following a stressful laboratory task, among Chinese undergraduates after 5 days of meditation training at 20 minutes a day. These students also reported less anxiety, depression, and anger compared to a group of students that received relaxation training.
Tang, Y., et al. Short-term meditation training improves attention and self-regulation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2007)
evidence that the immune system would react more robustly in antibody production after meditation training.
Davidson, R., et al. Alterations in Brain and Immune Function Produced by Mindfulness Meditation. Psychosomatic Medicine, (2003)
effective in significantly reducing the recurrence of major depressive episodes in patients treated for depression.
Teasdale, J., Cambridge University, 2000
In one 6-week study with anxious children, teachers reported an improvement in academic functioning and decrease in symptoms of anxiety in the children.
Semple, R., Reid, E., & Miller, L. Treating Anxiety with Mindfulness: An Open Trial of Mindfulness Training for Anxious Children. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy. (2005)
showed improvements in children’s attention and social skills as well as decreased test anxiety in children who went through the training as compared to controls.
Napoli, M., Krech, P., & Holley, L. Mindfulness Training for Elementary School Students: The Attention Academy. Journal of Applied School Psychology (2005)
suggested preliminary positive evidence of the feasibility and efficacy of MBSR in supporting women who are experiencing severe hot flashes.Data from the asthma study suggested MBSR produced lasting and clinically significant improvements in asthma-related quality of life and stress in patients with persistent asthma, without improvements in lung function.
James Carmody, PhD, and Lori Pbert, PhD, principal investigators, Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine Healthcare and Society, UMass (2006)