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Meditation for Insight Also May Trim Anxiety, Depression

Meditation may offer the same relief as antidepressants for people with symptoms of anxiety and depression, according to an analysis of previous findings on the practice.

A review of 47 studies showed a 5 to 10 percent reduction in anxiety symptoms and a 10 to 20 percent improvement in depression in individuals who meditated compared with placebo groups, according to research published today in JAMA Internal Medicine. The analysis also suggested that meditation improved pain, though it wasn’t clear which types of pain benefit most.