Chronic Conditions Benefit From Meditation

The following summary statements highlight key findings from research studies originating at the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, UW-Madison.


People suffering from chronic inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and asthma – in which psychological stress plays a major role – may benefit from mindfulness meditation techniques.

The study was the first designed to control for other therapeutic mechanisms, such as supportive social interaction, expert instruction or learning new skills.  The results show that behavioral interventions designed to reduce emotional reactivity are beneficial to people suffering from chronic inflammatory conditions. It also suggests that mindfulness techniques may be more effective in relieving inflammatory symptoms than other activities that promote well-being. Rosenkranz, M.Davidson, R.MacCoon, D., Sheridan, J., Kalin, N., & Lutz, A. (2013) “A comparison of mindfulness-based stress reduction and an active control in modulation of neurogenic inflammation. Brain, Behavior and Immunity.’




Author: Hillary Johnson

Improvisational documentary and fine art photographer.

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