Meditation -- Is That Some Kind of "Woo-Woo Zone" Thing?
NO. And It Might Be Just What YOU Need for Stress, and More.
From an article by Josephine E. Briggs, Director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM):
Meditation has been used for centuries to increase calmness and physical relaxation, improve psychological balance, cope with illness, and enhance overall health and well-being. The literature on meditation suggests that it is a very powerful tool for learning control of attention, regulating emotion, and increasing self-awareness or cultivation of the state called mindfulness. These insights are old.
But what is new in the last 15 years or so is scientific data. These data show that during meditation there are a number of measurable biological changes—for example, in the autonomic nervous system—and the recognition that meditation has the potential to impact on mental and physical health. This is an area of scientific promise in mind-body medicine that NCCAM is supporting and welcoming continued exploration by our grantees.
Josephine E. Briggs, MD
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