A recent study in JAMA reported that researchers from Johns Hopkins University evaluated effects of meditation practice in improving stress related outcomes such as anxiety, eating habits, sleep and pain. They reviewed 47 trials with 3515 participants. The investigators concluded that health providers and clinicians should be aware that meditation programs can result in small to moderate reductions of psychological stress.
More clinical programs are including relaxation therapies such as meditation for their patients. We have found this to be a helpful tool for oncology patients going through treatment. In addition, meditation blends well with other therapies such as guided imagery and essential oils. Often meditation can be enhanced with the use of a favorite relaxing essential oil – a drop on a tissue or diffused nearby.
These may seem like simple tools yet they are very powerful in their outcomes. In addition, it does not take much time for a clinician to implement this strategy as part of a plan of care and may even take less time than going for medications and doing talk therapy alone.