Health Applications and Clinical Studies of Meditation

A review of scientific studies identified the behavioral components of meditation as:

  • Relaxation.
  • Concentration.
  • Altered state of awareness.
  • Suspension of logical thought.
  • Maintenance of a self-observing attitude.


It is accompanied by a host of biochemical and physical changes in the body that affect:

  • Metabolism
  • Heart rate
  • Respiration
  • Blood pressure
  • Brain chemistry

Meditation has been used in clinical settings as a method of stress and pain reduction. Meditation has also been studied specifically for its effects on stress.