Effects of Sahaj Samadhi meditation on heart rate variability and depressive symptoms in patients with late-life depression
Published in British Journal of Psychiatry
Meditation has been shown to have positive impacts while also being easy to facilitate, lacking in negative side effects and delivered at a low long-term cost. The research team, led by Dr. Vasudev, conducted a unique study exploring a meditative technique that has not been investigated before with people experiencing late-life depression.
The randomized clinical trial involved 83 research patients ages 60-85 from LHSC and St. Joseph’s Health Care London, as well as the regional community, who either received the standard treatment or also practiced the meditation technique.
“The meditation group had a three times higher chance of going into remission, no longer meeting criteria for depression, compared to usual treatments. In addition, there were no observed side effects,” notes Dr. Vasudev. “We did not find any statistically significant differences in HRV measures between the two groups.” The study is the first to show that this particular form of meditation is beneficial as an adjunctive therapy to regular treatment options.
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Sahaj Samadhi Meditation, belonging to the category of Automatic Self Transcending Meditation, improves autonomic dyscontrol in patients with late-life depression. For more information on study click here. Also mentioned here.
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