15418Re: Article from Science daily. Meditation causes alertness (duh)
- Jul 6, 2007--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Benjamin Buehne
>(UPI) -- Meditation produces changes in brain waves associated with
> Study: Meditators 'surprisingly' alertADELAIDE, Australia, July 6
being increasingly alert, an Australian researcher says.
> Dylan DeLosAngeles, of the Flinders Medical Center in Adelaide, isto present his findings this month at the World Congress of
Neuroscience in Melbourne.
> Previous studies proved conflicting about meditation's impact onthe brain, with some studies reporting that meditators were asleep,
> DeLosAngeles asked 13 people in a meditation group to describetheir experiences of five different meditative states. DeLosAngeles
then measured brain activity in each state using an
electroencephalograph, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Friday.
> DeLosAngeles said he found an increase in alpha brain wavesassociated with alertness, focus, attention and concentration, and a
decrease in delta brain waves associated with drowsiness or sleep.
> "Meditation is a finely held state of attentiveness and alertnessthat differs from eyes-closed resting or sleep," he concluded.
> Copyright 2007 by United Press International. All Rights Reserved.http://www.sciencedaily.com/upi/index.php?feed=Science&article=UPI-1-20070706-15371300-bc-australia-meditation-crn.xml
>The "problem" with these studies is that for every one
like this one (which I feel is right on), there is another
that questions the other (see below). So, I think that
the best way to know what meditation can do is by meditating.
Peace and blessings,
The Therapeutic Value Of Meditation Unproven, Study Found
Main Category: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine News
Article Date: 04 Jul 2007 - 6:00 PDT
"There is an enormous amount of interest in using
meditation as a form of therapy to cope with a
variety of modern-day health problems, especially
hypertension, stress and chronic pain, but the
majority of evidence that seems to support this
notion is anecdotal, or it comes from poor quality
studies," say Maria Ospina and Kenneth Bond,
researchers at the University of Alberta/Capital
Health Evidence-based Practice Center in Edmonton, Canada.
In compiling their report, Ospina, Bond and their
fellow researchers analyzed a mountain of medical
and psychological literature - 813 studies in all -
looking at the impact of meditation on conditions
such as hypertension, cardiovascular diseases and
They found some evidence that certain types of
meditation reduce blood pressure and stress in
clinical populations. Among healthy individuals,
practices such as Yoga seemed to increase verbal
creativity and reduce heart rate, blood pressure
and cholesterol. However, Ospina says no firm
conclusions on the effects of meditation practices
in health care can be drawn based on the available
evidence because the existing scientific research
is characterized by poor methodological quality and
does not appear to have a common theoretical perspective.
"Future research on meditation practices must be more
rigorous in the design and execution of studies and
in the analysis and reporting of results," Ospina explains.
But the researchers caution against dismissing the
therapeutic value of meditation outright. "This
report's conclusions shouldn't be taken as a sign
that meditation doesn't work," Bond says. "Many
uncertainties surround the practice of meditation.
For medical practitioners who are seeking to make
evidence-based decisions regarding the therapeutic
value of meditation, the report shows that the
evidence is inconclusive regarding its effectiveness."
For the general public, adds Ospina, "this research
highlights that choosing to practice a particular
meditation technique continues to rely solely on
individual experiences and personal preferences,
until more conclusive scientific evidence is produced."
The report, published June 2007 and titled Meditation
Practices for Health: State of the Research, identified
five broad categories of meditation practices: mantra
meditation, mindfulness meditation, Yoga, Tai Chi and
Qi Gong. Transcendental Meditation and relaxation
response (both of which are forms of mantra meditation)
were the most commonly studied types of meditation.
Studies involving Yoga and mindfulness meditation were
Article adapted by Medical News Today from original
The research was conducted by the University of
Alberta Evidence-based Practice Center under contract
to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services'
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. It was
requested and funded by the National Center for
Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Bethesda, Md.
Contact: Isabela C. Varela
University of Alberta
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