Review of meditation research

In a recent large-scale American review of meditation research, Acem Meditation is referred to 31 times, and seven studies on Acem Meditation are evaluated.

The 500-page evidence-based review, Meditation Practices for Health: State of the Research by Ospina et al. (2007), was put together by independent researchers at the behest of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Most of the studies are on high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases and drug abuse. The review concludes that meditation has a positive effect on high blood pressure and other problems. The complete report is available here.

The Norwegian medical doctor and researcher, Erik E. Solberg, a specialist in internal medicine, cardiology and sports medicine, has eight publications in the reference list. His Ph.D. thesis from 2004 is primarily devoted to the psychophysiological effects of Acem Meditation.

Dr Solberg summarises his thesis in the recent Acem book Fighting Stress: Reviews of Meditation Research. This book also includes reviews of other meditation research in a format which is accessible to the general reader.

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