Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Meditation or Prozac?

Boston University's psychology professor Stefan Hofmann reviewed 39 studies on mindfulness meditation.  The studies showed that using this as therapy can relieve anxiety and improve moods.  While not for all of the 1,140 people the technique did work. 

Another study last month found that the treatment is as effective as drugs in preventing relapses of depression.  MRI scans actually validated the study showing different brain activity before and after the meditation training. 

Many people have side effects from their prescriptions but deal with them since the depression or anxiety is worse than the side effects.  Simple meditation found in yoga or tai chi can have the same benefits without the side effects of the drugs. 

It makes me appreciate my Tai Chi even more. 

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