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Medical database holds extensive research on mind-body medicine, meditation
by Global Good News staff writer
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5 February 2013
According to Dr Brian Berman, Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland, USA, rigorous scientific studies have been conducted on mind-body medicine over the years.
This scientific rigour is a crucial part of the Center's goals, Dr Berman said.
'[A] part of our mission that is very important to us has been to bring rigorous science to the field of integrative medicine. We have been an NIH [National Institutes of Health] Center of Excellence for over 15 years and we also have founded the coordinating centre of the International Cochrane Collaboration.'
Dr Berman explained what the Cochrane Collaboration is.
'It is a worldwide organization whose mission is to bring together the best evidence in healthcare. They have over 600,000 randomized control trials, more than the National Library of Medicine, in their database. We are coordinating the complementary medicine part of that, and there are over 43,000 randomized control trials in that database and over 600 systematic reviews.'
He added that if anyone should say there is no information in the field of integrative medicine, they should take a look at the Cochrane database.
A leading pioneer of integrative medicine, Dr Berman was introducing the recent conference, The New Science of Meditation and Self-Healing: Transcendental Meditation and Mind-Body Medicine, which was being hosted by the Center for Integrative Medicine.
On the subject of the healing properties of meditation, specifically Transcendental Meditation, he added that the Cochrane database has plenty of relevant research, including about 450 randomized control trials about meditation and seven systematic reviews. Transcendental Meditation alone has 63 randomized control trials and three systematic reviews.
'The findings have shown that meditation is effective in many areas: in reducing anxiety, depression, lowering blood pressure, enhancing resilience in soldiers and much more,' said Dr Berman.
On a personal note, he added, 'I started meditating when I started medical school in 1972. Transcendental Meditation was the first approach.' He finds there is 'a big difference' between practising the technique regularly or not, which is also reflected in his family life.
See related articles:
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∙ University of Maryland hosts medical conference on benefits of Transcendental Meditation
∙ Conference highlights Transcendental Meditation role in integrative medicine
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