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Meditation Techniques, Yoga And Breathing Exercises Are The New Doctors Orders

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Up to 30% of all doctors are recommending various meditation techniques and other mind body treatments

Personally I think it is wonderful that more and more doctors are suggesting that their patients explore various meditation techniques, mind-body practices, yoga and breathing exercises for healing and treatment.

Yoga, breathing exercises and meditation have virtually zero negative side effects, and a whole range of positive outcomes.  This short article from Yoga Journal quotes a Harvard research study that says up to 30% of US physicians are referring their patients to use alternative treatments.  Here at Meditation we heartily approve of this!

A recent study reveals that more Americans than ever–more than one-third of the population–use mind-body practices like yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises, and that their doctors are often the cheerleaders for these approaches. According to researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, one in 30 people were referred to mind-body therapies by a medical provider.

“There’s good evidence to support using mind-body therapies clinically,” the study’s lead author, Dr. Aditi Nerurkar, said in a news release from Beth Israel. “Still, we didn’t expect to see provider referral rates that were quite so high.”

Has your doctor ever counseled you to try a mind-body practice?  Read the original story here

There is still a lot of work to be done before we know exactly which meditation techniques would be best suited for treating different medical and emotional conditions.  I suspect we are just at the dawn of main stream acceptance of meditation, yoga, and other mind-body exercises as valid treatments.

If your doctor has suggested anything like this to you, please feel free to leave a comment.  We love to hear your feedback.



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