Summary of Mindfulness Research

Mindful meditation on the Body: Scientific evidence to support the therapeutic effects of mindfulness meditation training on stress related medical conditions: Psoriasis (Kabat-Zinn et al. 1998) Type 2 Diabetes (Rosenzweig et al., 2007) Fibromylagia (Grossman et al., 2007) Rheumatoid arthritis (Pradhan et al., 2007; Zautra et al., 2008) Chronic low back pain (Morone, Greco & Weiner 2008) and ADHD (Zylowska et al., 2008) Also serious mental health conditions, including anxiety disorders, recurrent major depression, chronic pain, borderline personality disorder and binge eating disorder.

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Research has consistently shown that mindfulness training reduces symptoms of stress and negative mood states and increases emotional well being and quality of life among people with chronic illness. (cf. Brown, Ryan & Creswell 2007, Grossman et al., 2004, Ludwig & Kabat-Zinn, 2008, Shigaki, Glass & Shopp, 2006)

Eight week MBCT study by Davidson & colleagues 2003 showed that individuals who had the largest shift in frontal brain activity also had the strongest antibody response to a flu vaccine. That study was the first to show that mindfulness training can change the brain and the immune system in a way that might bolster resistance to disease.

Another study found that employees in a corporate setting showed changes in front brain electrical activity (EEG) following 8 weeks of MBCT that were consistant with the experience of positive emotions like joy and contentment. (Davidson et l., 2003)

This is just a small glimpse of the scientific research of Mindfulness.

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