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 144 51
Anxious mood 127 51
Pain 57 20
Depressed mood 21 10
Emotional lability 19 2

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 5
Mild 10
None 144

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Meditation

Side effect Patients
Anxious mood 1
Calming 1
Difficult to move or walk 1
Dry mouth 1
Excitability 1
Fatigue 1

Show all 26 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Meditation

Dosage Patients
1 hr daily 20
10 min daily 10
20 min daily 10
30 min daily 10
15 min daily 6
0.5 hr daily 4
1 hr weekly 3
1 other weekly 2
2 hr weekly 2
2 other weekly 2

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Why patients stopped taking Meditation

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 21
Did not seem to work 7
Side effects too severe 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Doctor's advice 1
Personal research 1
See all 29 patients who've stopped using Meditation

Duration

Currently using Meditation

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 12
2 - 5 years 27
5 - 10 years 30
10 years or more 29

Stopped using Meditation

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 44
Usually 68
Sometimes 46
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 34
A little hard to take 59
Not at all hard to take 62
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 2
$50-99 2
$25-49 5
< $25 100
Not specified 51
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23 patient evaluations for Meditation

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

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 7, 2017 (Started Jan 14, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for self hating thoughts)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for increased symptoms due to stress)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1 hr Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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