Relieves Symptoms of Depression

meditation-image-107Research at Oxford University indicates that a combination of meditation and cognitive therapy can relieve the symptoms of depression. Known as mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), this approach focuses on cultivating mindfulness in patients through meditative techniques and cognitive-based therapy. The treatment yielded a significant decrease in the number of participants diagnosed with major depression, suggesting that MBCT is a promising potential treatment, especially for individuals with recurring bouts of depression. Researchers are currently developing a larger study that aims at pinpointing the specific meditative elements that are the most beneficial in reducing the rate of relapse among patients suffering from major depression.