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Meditation offers slight relief from anxiety: Study

Published on Jan 7, 2014 6:03 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Meditation may help ease anxiety and depression in certain patients, and in some cases the practice may be as effective as taking anti-depressant medications, said a study on Monday.

However, a review of scientific literature on mindfulness meditation published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (Jama) found that the effects of meditation are limited.

For instance, little or no evidence could be found of meditation's impact on positive mood, attention, substance use, eating habits, sleep and weight.

Mindfulness meditation is a form of Buddhist self-awareness designed to focus attention - not judgement- to the moment at hand, the Jama study said.

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