Complementary Health Approaches: Meditation

Dr. Briggs talks about meditation as a way to help with some health conditions.

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DR. RODGERS: Many people use meditation as a way to improve their health and well-being.

Hi, I'm Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the National Institutes of Health.

My colleague, Dr. Josie Briggs, director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health at NIH, explains:

DR. BRIGGS: Meditation is a mind and body practice that has a long history of use. Mind and body practices focus on the connection between the mind, the body, and behavior.

Research suggests that meditation may help with conditions such as pain and anxiety, and even sometimes with symptoms of IBS.

Meditation involves having a quiet setting with few distractions, a comfortable posture, such as sitting or lying down; and a focus of attention, such as an object, or your breath.

Meditation is considered to be safe for healthy people. But if you have a health problem, it still important to see your doctor.

DR. RODGERS: For more information, follow us on Twitter @HealthyMoments. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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