Health Benefits of Meditation: What the Newest Research Shows

@article{Horowitz2010HealthBO,
  title={Health Benefits of Meditation: What the Newest Research Shows},
  author={Sala Horowitz},
  journal={Alternative and Complementary Therapies},
  year={2010},
  volume={16},
  pages={223-228}
}
  • S. Horowitz
  • Published 3 August 2010
  • Medicine
  • Alternative and Complementary Therapies
ALTERNATIVE AND COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES DOI: 10.1089/act.2010.16402 • MARY ANN LIEBERT, INC. • VOL. 16 NO. 4 AUGUST 2010 Meditation is among the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies that is used by Americans, according to CAM-utilization surveys. A national survey on the use of this mind–body form of medicine showed increased usage between 2002 and 2007.1 This article presents a review of recent research on the efficacy of the major types of meditation that have been studied… 
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