Meditation found to relieve anxiety and depression
A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine concludes that meditation may be as effective as medication when it comes to treating anxiety and depression.
Researchers from Johns Hopkins University performed an analysis of mindful meditation. They reviewed 47 clinical trials throughout June 2013 involving 3,515 participants performing meditation. These participants also had an array of mental and physical ailments.
The scientists found that daily meditation lasting up to 30 minutes relieved some symptoms of anxiety and depression, eased stress, and aided pain. No negative impact was found from meditation. One researcher did note that more studies need to be performed to determine which outcomes are best improved by meditation, and if more meditation causes further changes.