The Benefits of Regular Meditation

ABOIM Meditation ABPSPhysicians who specialize in Integrative Medicine pride themselves on being forward thinking. Integrative Medicine physicians are committed to using the least-invasive, most highly effective treatments available – including methods from traditional mainstream medicine as well as complementary or alternative techniques – to benefit the patient’s body, mind, and spirit. The goal of this medical specialty is to use any and all available treatments to help patients achieve optimal health and wellness not only for today but also well into the future, and meditation is a great example of a method that is often recommended. While most people equate meditation with relaxation, not everyone associates the potential health benefits that come from being in a meditative state on a regular basis.

Yet, a recent study in the medical journal Translational Psychiatry sheds new light on a practice that has been used effectively for generations. According to researchers from Mount Sinai Medical School, Harvard Medical School, and the University of California, San Francisco, there are clear signs that regular meditation can boost metabolism over a long-term basis. During the research experiment, scientists collected blood samples from three groups of participants on vacation: those who regularly practice meditation, those who practice meditation only while vacationing, and those who didn’t participate in any meditation.

This study showed that several weeks after the vacation (after the goodwill from a relaxing trip had passed), those who had participated in meditation had fewer symptoms of depression, lower stress levels, and indications that their immune system was stronger than those who had not meditated during their resort stay. Those committed to long-term meditation showed even stronger results.

To those committed to meditation, these results are not surprising. Meditation has long been used to combat stress, and those who meditate frequently have anecdotally reported a variety of health benefits.

At the American Board of Physician Specialties®, we developed the American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM) to recognize the growing popularity of Integrative Medicine and offer board Certification to highly trained and experienced Integrative Medicine physicians. These men and women are leaders in the emerging specialty and frequently recommend meditation and other complementary or alternative treatments to help their patients be as healthy as they possibly can. To see if your physician is board certified through the ABOIM, contact us today. The ABPS is the official certifying organization of the American Association of Physician Specialists®.

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