By: Richard Horowitz, MD
In the last few decades, the ancient practice of meditation has quickly proven its benefits to Western medicine. People who regularly practice meditation have unique EEG patterns, lower respiratory rates, stable blood pressure, and better immune responses. Controlled studies have shown that mindfulness meditation can help those battling anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and addiction.
Understanding the purpose and motivation for meditation within the ancient traditions that developed is crucial to truly getting the most out of meditation.