Human Progress: Evidence Supports Health Benefits of 'Mindfulness-Based Practices'
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Evidence Supports Health Benefits of 'Mindfulness-Based Practices'
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Specific types of "mindfulness practices" including Zen meditation have
demonstrated benefits for patients with certain physical and mental health
problems, according to a report in the July Journal of Psychiatric
"An extensive review of therapies that include meditation as a key
component -- referred to as mindfulness-based practices -- shows convincing
evidence that such interventions are effective in the treatment of
psychiatric symptoms and pain, when used in combination with more
conventional therapies," according to Dr William R. Marchand of the George
E. Wahlen Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the University of Utah in
Salt Lake City.
Mindfulness Techniques Show Health Benefits Dr Marchand reviewed published
studies evaluating the health benefits of mindfulness-based practices.
Mindfulness has been described as "the practice of learning to focus
attention on moment-by-moment experience with an attitude of curiosity,
openness, and acceptance." Put another way, "Practicing mindfulness is
simply experiencing the present moment, without trying to change anything."
The review focused on three techniques:
� Zen meditation, a Buddhist spiritual practice that involves the practice
of developing mindfulness by meditation, typically focusing on awareness of
� Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), a secular method of using
Buddhist mindfulness, combining meditation with elements of yoga and
education about stress and coping strategies.
� Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), which combines MBSR with
principles of cognitive therapy (for example, recognizing and disengaging
from negative thoughts) to prevent relapse of depression.
Dr Marchand found evidence that MBSR and MBCT have "broad-spectrum" effects
against depression and anxiety and can also decrease general psychological
distress. Based on the evidence, MBCT can be "strongly recommended" as an
addition to conventional treatments (adjunctive treatment) for unipolar
depression. Both MBSR and MBCT were effective adjunctive treatments for
Research data also supported the effectiveness of MBSR to help reduce
stress and promote general psychological health in patients with various
medical and/or psychiatric illnesses. On its own, MBSR was helpful in
managing stress and promoting general psychological health in healthy
people. There was also evidence that Zen meditation and MBSR were useful
adjunctive treatments for pain management.
How do these practices work to affect mental and physical health? Dr
Marchand discusses recent research showing the impact of mindfulness
practices on brain function and structure, which may in part account for
their psychological benefits. "These mindfulness practices show
considerable promise and the available evidence indicates their use is
currently warranted in a variety of clinical situations," he concludes.
The article includes some proposed evidence-based guidelines for
incorporating mindfulness-based practices into health care. So far there's
little evidence on which patients are most likely to benefit, but Dr
Marchand suggests that patient preferences and enthusiasm are a good guide.
He comments, "The most important considerations may be desire to try a
mindfulness-based practice and willingness to engage in the regular
practice of seated meditation."
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