Meditation, Health and Scientific Investigations: Review of the Literature

Abstract A growing number of people are seeking health recovery treatments with a holistic approach to the human being. Meditation is a mental training capable of producing connection between the mind, body and spirit. Its practice helps people to achieve balance, relaxation and self-control, in addition to the development of consciousness. At present, meditation is classified as a complementary and integrative technique in the area of health. The purpose of this review of the literature was to describe what meditation is, its practices and effects on health, demonstrated by consistent scientific investigations. Recently, the advances in researches with meditation, the discovery of its potential as an instrument of self-regulation of the human body and its benefits to health have shown that it is a consistent alternative therapy when associated with conventional medical treatments.
Source: Journal of Religion and Health - Category: Medical Ethics Source Type: research

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Publication date: Available online 10 November 2019Source: Veterinary ParasitologyAuthor(s): Fatemeh Khadir, Tahereh Taheri, Sima Habibzadeh, Farnaz Zahedifard, Elham Gholami, Maryam Heidari-Kharaji, Ahmad Oryan, Sima RafatiAbstractCutaneous leishmaniosis (CL) is a parasitic disease in animals and human with no satisfactory treatments and vaccination. Rapamycin is a potent inhibitor of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) with various applications. Here, the effect of rapamycin alone or in combination with two other drugs, namely amphotericin B (AmB) and glucantime, was investigated against Leishmania tropica infection. In...
Source: Veterinary Parasitology - Category: Veterinary Research Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 9 November 2019Source: Neuroscience ResearchAuthor(s): Kounosuke Hirata, Yuto Nishiki, Ryosuke Goto, Mikito Inagaki, Katsuo Oshima, Yoshihito Shimazu, Mamoru TakedaAbstractSystemic administration of the dietary constituent, resveratrol, was previously shown to inhibit the nociceptive jaw-opening reflex (JOR) via the endogenous opioid system. The present study investigated whether resveratrol could similarly affect the JOR under in vivo conditions via 5 H T3 receptor-mediated GABAergic inhibition. We used electrical stimulation of the tongue in pentobarbital-anesthetized rats...
Source: Neuroscience Research - Category: Neuroscience Source Type: research
ConclusionThere is clearly a need for larger and more methodologically sound RCTs to be conducted on the effectiveness of some CAM therapies for IC. Particular focus on probiotics in non-breastfed infants is pertinent.Systematic review registrationPROSPERO: CRD42018092966.
Source: Systematic Reviews - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research
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Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
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Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
This study was designed whether Rhus verniciflua extracts inhibit the IgE-antigen-mediated allergic reaction in RBL-2H3 mast cells, and it further investigated the FcεRI- and arachidonate-signaling by which Rhus verniciflua extracts exert its antiallergic effects. IgE-antigen-sensitized RBL-2H3 mast cells were investigated for the cytotoxicity of Rhus verniciflua extracts and β-hexosaminidase release, and inflammatory mediators (e.g., TNF-α, IL-4, IL-6, histamine, and PGD2) were then assessed. Additionally, we examined expressions of genes involved in arachidonate- and FcεRI-signaling pathway in ...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
Authors: Karbwang J, Crawley FP, Na-Bangchang K, Maramba-Lazarte C PMID: 31687036 [PubMed]
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
Authors: Bourhia M, Abdelaziz Shahat A, Mohammed Almarfadi O, Ali Naser F, Mostafa Abdelmageed W, Ait Haj Said A, El Gueddari F, Naamane A, Benbacer L, Khlil N Abstract Medicinal plants played an important role in traditional medicine for the treatment of diseases since antiquities. The aim of the study is to carry out an ethnobotanical survey on medicinal plants used traditionally in cancer treatment in the region of Greater Casablanca-Morocco, and to enhance the traditional herbal medicine knowledge. 110 traditional healers in the study area were interviewed face to face to response a survey questionnaire includi...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
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Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Weekly links Source Type: blogs
Dr. Maryam Shanechi. Credit: USC Viterbi ___________________ Is This the Future of Mental Health? (USC Viterbi School of Engineering): “Brain–machine interfaces (BMIs) provide a direct pathway to the brain to translate brain signals into actions … Below, Shanechi (Note: Maryam Shanechi, PhD, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering) answers some questions about her work and what the future might hold for our understanding and treatment of mental disorders. What potential does this hold for the future not just of mental health, but of understanding our brains as a whole? Neuropsychiatric...
Source: SharpBrains - Category: Neuroscience Authors: Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain health brain signals brain-machine interfaces depressive disorders emotion regulation engineering future Maryam Shanechi mental health neural Neuroethics neuropsychiatri Source Type: blogs
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