Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years and has many benefits. During meditation, you develop intentional focus — minimizing random thoughts about the past or future. Meditation can help with concentration, relaxation, inner peace, stress reduction and fatigue. It may also help relieve anxiety, depression, pain and insomnia. When combined with conventional medicine, meditation may improve physical health, such as heart health, rheumatologic conditions and digestive problems.
There are many forms of meditation, but most have in common a quiet location, a specific comfortable posture and a focus of attention. The method often taught at Mayo Clinic is called paced-breathing meditation, which includes deep breathing.
- Expertise and experience. Mayo Clinic's Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program blends the best of both worlds — conventional and alternative medicine. Specialists at Mayo Clinic recognize that many complementary and alternative medicine treatments, such as meditation, can help promote physical, mental and spiritual wellness.
- Evidence-based approach. Mayo Clinic doctors recommend certain complementary and integrative medicine treatments based on research that demonstrates effectiveness. The meditation DVD that Mayo developed is based on research results.
Complementary and integrative medicine specialists at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona, provide consultations to discuss, recommend and instruct in therapies that might complement and enhance your medical care.
For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 800-446-2279 (toll-free) 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.
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Specialists in complementary and integrative medicine at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, offer meditation consultations and treatment. You will need a referral from a Mayo Clinic doctor or other Mayo provider.
See information on patient services at the three Mayo Clinic locations, including transportation options and lodging.
Research is key to developing and evaluating evidence-based complementary treatments. Read about Mayo's Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program and research projects.
See a list of publications on meditation by Mayo doctors on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.
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- Meditation for health purposes. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. http://nccam.nih.gov/health/meditation/. Accessed April 9, 2014.
- Flugel Colle KF, et al. Measurement of quality of life and participant experience with the mindfulness-based stress reduction program. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. 2010;16:36.
- Cutshall SM, et al. Evaluation of a biofeedback-assisted meditation program as a stress management tool for hospital nurses: A pilot study. Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing. 2011;7:110.
- Wahner-Roedler D, et al. Meditation to reduce stress and improve quality of life: A feasibility study. Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing. 2009;5:148.
- Sivasankaran S, et al. The effect of a six-week program of yoga and meditation on brachial artery reactivity: Do psychosocial interventions affect vascular tone? Clinical Cardiology. 2006;29:393.
- Grossman P, et al. Mindfulness training as an intervention for fibromyalgia: Evidence of postintervention and 3-year follow-up benefits in well-being. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. 2007;76:226.
- Keefer L, et al. The effects of relaxation response meditation on the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome: Results of a controlled treatment study. Behaviour Research and Therapy. 2001;39:801.
- Keefer L, et al. A one year follow-up of relaxation response meditation as a treatment for irritable bowel syndrome. Behaviour Research and Therapy. 2002;40:541.