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Meditation May Help Rheumatoid Arthritis Sufferers September 30, 2007

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HealthDay Reporter
Friday, September 28, 2007; 12:00 AM

FRIDAY, Sept. 28 (HealthDay News) — For rheumatoid arthritis sufferers whose painful illness prompts depression, relief may come from the practice of an age-old technique already embraced by millions around the world: meditation.

Researchers found that a half-year exposure to meditation techniques helped patients shave as much as one-third of their psychological distress.

The research team, led by Elizabeth K. Pradhan of the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Center for Integrative Medicine, based its conclusions on an analysis of a specific training course called “Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction” (MBSR).

Pradhan and her colleagues said the MBSR concept of “mindfulness” is designed to guide patients to focus on the “here and now,” while emphasizing the value of calmness, clarity, well-being, and a compassion for oneself and others.

The Arthritis Foundation has said that several so-called “mind-body practices” may help arthritis patients alleviate stress, pain, anxiety and depression.

In addition to meditation, the organization acknowledges the potential of electronic monitoring techniques such as biofeedback; the mental health benefits of guided imagery and hypnosis; and the ability of physical activities such as yoga and tai chi to both calm and energize patients.  Read More .....

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1. Cafedog - September 30, 2007

I use seated meditation for many things and that includes managing Arthritis. in one sense ,it help me be at peace with the pain and complications


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