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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 7:41 pm 
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Meditation and medical practice
Prof Nithi Mahanonda

(DrEddyClinic News) Most of my colleagues are aware of my dedication to the practice of meditation as a part of treatment for many conditions. It is known that my hospital staff, family, friends and patients are encouraged to pursue meditation practice and it has been my experience that in practice it all makes sense.


It is not difficult to convince myself of the value of meditation My greatest challenge is to constantly remind myself and to practice even when I have not had time to sleep. It makes sense as a physician and as a healthy human being that being calm and balancing the mind is a common source of happiness.

In integrative medicine, mind-body practices focus on the interactions among the brain (physical), mind and behaviour, with the intent to use the mind to affect physical functioning and promote health.

Meditation techniques include specific postures, focused attention or an open attitude toward distractions. People take part in the meditation process using certain techniques to suspend the stream of thoughts and relax the body and mind.

The goal is to increase calmness and relaxation, improve psychological balance, cope with illness, or enhance overall health and wellbeing.

Meditation is yoga for the mind. It is a way to stretch the boundaries of our minds in order to get a different view of life. We are much happier when we allow the words of the Buddha to enter our minds: "Reality as it is," he said, "not as we wish it to be..."

Allowing rather than wishing gives a gravitational centre in the wheel of life, around which we may spin without getting dizzy. Meditation takes the wobble out of life in that things may flow unobstructed.

One of the key components of traditional Chinese medicine is based on the concept that disease results from disruption in the flow of qi, an imbalance in the forces of yin and yang. Practices such as herbs, meditation, massage, and acupuncture seek to aid healing by restoring the yin-yang and the flow of qi, and are central components among the oldest healing practices on the planet.

Integrative medicine is a practice of integrative meditation It is an art form that leads the physician - in my case, the cardiologist - back to the heart of the matter and its connection to the mind of the person that is suffering.

In the integrative approach, deep-breathing exercises and guided imagery techniques (such as a series of verbal suggestions) are offered to steer another or oneself towards imagining sensations - especially in visualising an image in the mind - to bring about a desired physical response (such as stress reduction). The intent is to improve blood flow, qi flow and life's flow - all at the same time.

The concept that the mind is important in the treatment of illness is integral to healing. Hippocrates also noted the moral and spiritual aspects of healing and believed that treatment could occur only with consideration of attitude of mind and attention to nature.

The National Institutes of Health has granted more than $24 million over the past 20 years to study the effects of meditation and other related programmes on cardiovascular disease.

The findings from 10 major universities after 20 years have proven without a doubt that meditation reduced the risk of diabetes, reduced the risk of stroke, reduced the risk of heart attack and increased life span by 25 percent among those who regularly practice some form of meditation for one hour, five times a week.

In addition, the journal of the American Medical Association published findings that meditation is as effective as antihypertensive drugs in reducing blood pressure, twice as effective as progressive muscle relaxation and significantly effective in reducing blood pressure for both men and women in all five major risk categories - obesity, high alcohol use, low exercise levels, psychological stress and high salt intake.

We physicians have a practice and we must have patients to be able to practice. We must be calm... we must allow things to flow and must be willing to follow the lead of nature in a world that seems out of kilter. Meditation in practice, in my experience of practicing medicine, all makes common sense.

May you be well and receive loving kindness.


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