A new study discovered that mindfulness meditation could help patients with multiple sclerosis who often suffer from depression and anxiety.
Researchers randomly selected 150 patients to take part in an eight-week meditation program based on mindfulness or receive regular medical care. Patients in the training program were asked to focus on mental exercises that were intended to develop non-judgmental awareness of the current moment, or mindfulness.
The training was held every day for about two and a half hours. One all-day retreat and 40 minutes a day of homework assignments were also included in the course.
The patients who were selected in the meditation program reported lower levels of fatigue and depression than those receiving the standard medical care.
This study is more evidence that meditation can be used in place of drugs in some instances.