Meditation Reduces Psychological Distress in Cancer Patients, Study Says

Dr. Brian Berman, director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at University of Maryland, takes us through a guided meditation.

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By Dr. Brian Berman 

Actual data on the benefits of integrative medicine is often hard to pinpoint. In the case of meditation, there is a good deal of high quality scientific research demonstrating the benefits of meditation for people with cancer.

According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, there is data showing that meditation creates “reductions in psychological distress in patients with lung cancer, improves mood and general well-being in patients across several cancer diagnoses, as well as enhances psychological functioning and mindfulness in partners of cancer patients.”

In the video below, Dr. Brian Berman, director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at University of Maryland, takes us through a guided meditation. Ideally, Dr. Berman recommends using this relaxation technique once or twice a day or for 10 to 15 minutes a day in order to really begin experiencing the benefits that come from meditation.

Dr. Brian Berman is Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He is trained in family medicine and pain management, as well as complementary medical approaches like traditional Chinese medicine and homeopathy. He has dedicated his career to evaluating the efficacy, safety, and cost-effectiveness of complementary and integrative medicine.

This article originally appeared on SurvivorNet.

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