by Anna Maltby
George ChinseeInteresting news in the world of complementary and alternative medicine: According to a systematic review and meta-analysis in Jama Internal Medicine, mindfulness meditation may improve symptoms of anxiety and depression -- in the case of depression, possibly to the same degree as taking antidepressants.
Based on the studies the researchers reviewed, "[w]e had moderate confidence that mindfulness [meditation] improves symptoms of anxiety, depression and pain across a wide range of patients," lead author Mahdav Goyal, M.D., M.P.H., told SELF.
"That mindfulness has a small but consistent effect on symptoms of anxiety, depression and pain is noteworthy," Dr. Goyal adds. "This is an effect above and beyond a placebo effect. Patients can expect improvements in these symptoms from training in mindfulness, and can use this in conjunction with any other treatments they are taking [or using]. Furthermore, this does not come with any known side effects or harms [as do]Read More »from Meditation May Help Reduce Anxiety and Depression, New Study Finds