by Øyvind Ellingsen
The gold standard of meditation research
In 2007 a 472-page report on meditation research and health was published,(1) commissioned and paid for by the (American) National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a public institution that evaluates new forms of treatment to improve healthcare in the United States. This research report is a gold mine. It contains comprehensive, independent and reliable information on common methods of meditation and how they work. An independent group of experts spent two years evaluating medical and psychological meditation research findings, including seven articles on Acem Meditation by Dr. Erik E. Solberg. The eleven experts were established specialists with no financial or other attachments to meditation organisations. As might be expected, they reached a cautious conclusion regarding the efficacy of meditation as a form of medical treatment, stating that some methods can lower blood pressure and reduce stress ailments.