Scientific Research on Meditation

Examples of Scientific Research Into Meditation's Effects

The following is a resource of scientific research on meditation.

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Meditators show higher DHEA levels.

Glaser JL, Brind JL, et al. Elevated serum dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate levels in practitioners of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) and TM-Sidhi programs. J Behav Med . 1992 Aug;15(4):327-41.

Meditating enrollees in a health insurance program showed a 1-2% annual decline in costs compared to > 11% increase in the control group.

Herron, R. E., Hillis, S. L. (2000). The Impact of the Transcendental Meditation Program on Government Payments to Physicians in Quebec: An Update. American Journal of Health Promotion, 14(5), 284-291. Abstract

IBS patients practicing 15 minutes of meditation twice daily showed a reduction in most symptoms

Keefer L, Blanchard, EB. The effects of relaxation response meditation on the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome: results of a controlled treatment study. Behav Res Ther, 2001 Jul;39(7):801-11.

Keefer L; Blanchard EB. A one-year follow-up of relaxation response meditation as a treatment for irritable bowel syndrome. Behav Res Ther. 2002

For abstracts of Keefer's studies: May;40(5):5416.

Meditators exhibit lower stress hormone responses to challenges.

MacLean, C., et al. Effects of the Transcendental Meditation program on adaptive mechanisms: changes in hormone levels and responses to stress after 4 months of practice. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 1997 May;22(4):277-95.

Inner-city patients taught mindfulness meditation utilized less medical care.

Roth, B. Mindfulness-based stress reduction in the inner city. Advances in Mind-Body Medicine (1997) 13:50-58.

Meditation improves mood in cancer patients.

Speca, M., Carlson, L. E., Goodey, E., & Angen, M. (2000). A randomized, wait-list controlled clinical trial: the effect of a mindfulness meditation-based stress reduction program on mood and symptoms of stress in cancer outpatients. Psychosom.Med., 62, 613-622.

Meditators show younger biomarkers (Blood Pressure, hearing, and vision).

Wallace, R., et al. The effects of the transcendental meditation and TM-Sidhi program on the aging process. Int J Neurosci. 1982 Feb;16(1):53-8.

Heart patients taught meditation show improved exercise tolerance.

J W Zamarra, R H Schneider, I Besseghini, D K Robinson, and J W Salerno. The usefulness of the transcendental meditation program in the treatment of patients with coronary artery disease. Am J Cardiol. 1996 April 15; 77(10): 867–870. doi:10.1016/S0002-9149(97)89184-9.

Meditation reduces ambulatory Blood Pressure.

Wenneberg SR, Schneider RH, Walton KG, et al. A controlled study of the effects of the Transcendental Meditation program on cardiovascular reactivity and ambulatory blood pressure. Int J Neurosci 1997 Jan; 89(1-2):15-28 for summary: https://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0ISW/is_259-260/ai_n10299303

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