Overview

Meditation is a type of mind-body medicine. It has been practiced for thousands of years. During meditation, you develop intentional focus and minimize random thoughts about the past or future.

Many forms of meditation exist. But most meditation forms recommend:

  • A quiet setting
  • A comfortable position
  • Focused attention
  • An open attitude

Meditation may offer many benefits, such as helping with:

  • Concentration
  • Relaxation
  • Inner peace
  • Stress reduction
  • Fatigue
  • Emotional well-being

Research has found that meditation may help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. When combined with conventional medicine, meditation may improve physical health. For example, some research suggests meditation can help manage symptoms of conditions such as:

  • Chronic pain
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Sleep problems
  • Digestive problems