What is Meditation?

Category: Complementary and Alternative Medicines

Most popular types: Breath Meditation Imagery Zen Meditation Show all

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See also: Prayer/meditation

Meditation is a discipline in which the mind is focused on an object of thought or awareness. It usually involves turning attention to a single point of reference. The practice may engender a higher state of consciousness.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 154 56
Anxious mood 141 63
Pain 63 27
Depressed mood 23 11
Emotional lability 19 2

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  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 2
Moderate 5
Mild 11
None 159

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Meditation

Side effect Patients Percentage
Stomach pain 2
Anxious mood 1
Dry mouth 1
Excitability 1
Fatigue 1
Headaches 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently using Meditation

Dosage Patients Percentage
1 hr daily 16
15 min daily 7
30 min daily 7
10 min daily 6
0.5 hr daily 5
20 min daily 5
5 min daily 4
1 hr weekly 2
2 hr daily 2
1hours as needed 2

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Why patients stopped taking Meditation

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Other 21
Did not seem to work 8
Side effects too severe 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Doctor's advice 1
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently using Meditation

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 19
5 - 10 years 25
10 years or more 33

Stopped using Meditation

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 48
Usually 82
Sometimes 45
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 6
Somewhat hard to take 36
A little hard to take 65
Not at all hard to take 70
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 2
$50-99 2
$25-49 5
< $25 111
Not specified 57
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23 patient evaluations for Meditation

Jun 1, 2019 (Started Mar 16, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for borderline personality disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 min Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 3, 2016 (Started Mar 16, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for borderline personality disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 8 min Daily
Advice & Tips: Once again, got out of the habit of doing meditation. I believe that in order to be effective you need to work your way up to meditating to at least 20 minutes. I think only doing less then 10 is good to start, but working your way up is important
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 25, 2013 (Started Mar 16, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for borderline personality disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: I recommend meditating for anyone. I just got out of the habit of doing it, because of stress and not being able to find a place to be alone. I moved back to school and it was hard to keep the routine, I usually did it right when I woke up.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Feb 16, 2017 (Started Jun 30, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for relapse MS (exacerbation))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: Doesn't need to be formal, sophisticated, or to anyone's "rule book"....I just use visualization techniques to relax, imagine the myelin around my nerves healing itself, and briefly retreat from the fast-paced daily routine. The principal advantage is getting to intensely imagine yourself getting and feeling better. Secondary benefit is relaxation generally.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 12, 2017 (Started Dec 19, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 15 min Daily
Advice & Tips: I try to meditate daily. It seems so easy to do but finding the time to practice meditation is the hard part. I strive.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 2, 2016 (Started Dec 19, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 15 min Daily
Advice & Tips: I continue daily meditation of about 15 min.  I like taking the time out to meditate.  It brings peace & calm.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 10, 2014 (Started Dec 19, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 15 min Daily
Advice & Tips: I continue to meditate daily. I thought being retired would free up time for me to do more mediation, but I find less time than ever! I must strive to MAKE time for this important therapy.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 14, 2011 (Started Dec 19, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 15 min Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 15, 2010 (Started Dec 19, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 15 min Daily
Advice & Tips: Taking the time to meditate (that is the hard part-taking the time) is one of the smartest things I ever did (like doing reiki). I only spend 10 to 20 minutes meditating and it brings such peace.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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