The Interrelated Physiological and Psychological Effects of EcoMeditation

Gary Groesbeck, Donna Bach, Peta Berenice Stapleton, Katharina Blickheuser, Dawson Church, Rebecca Sims

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This study investigated changes in psychological and physiological markers during a weekend meditation workshop (N = 34). Psychological symptoms of anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and happiness were assessed. Physiological markers included cortisol, salivary immunoglobulin A (SigA), heart rate variability (HRV), blood pressure (BP), and resting heart rate (RHR). On posttest, significant reductions were found in cortisol (−29%, P < .0001), RHR (−5%, P = .0281), and pain (−43%, P = .0022). Happiness increased significantly (+11%, P = .0159) while the increase in SigA was nonsignificant (+27%, P = .6964). Anxiety, depression, and PTSD all declined (−26%, P = .0159; −32%, P = .0197; −18%, P = .1533), though changes in PTSD did not reach statistical significance. No changes were found in BP, HRV, and heart coherence. Participants were assessed for psychological symptoms at 3-month follow-up, but the results were nonsignificant due to inadequate sample size (n = 17). EcoMeditation shows promise as a stress-reduction method.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine
Volume23
Issue numberJan-Dec
Early online date5 Mar 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
Heart Rate
Psychology
Happiness
Immunoglobulin A
Hydrocortisone
Anxiety
Depression
Blood Pressure
Meditation
Sample Size
Education
Pain

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Groesbeck, Gary ; Bach, Donna ; Stapleton, Peta Berenice ; Blickheuser, Katharina ; Church, Dawson ; Sims, Rebecca. / The Interrelated Physiological and Psychological Effects of EcoMeditation. In: Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine. 2018 ; Vol. 23, No. Jan-Dec.
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The Interrelated Physiological and Psychological Effects of EcoMeditation. / Groesbeck, Gary ; Bach, Donna; Stapleton, Peta Berenice; Blickheuser, Katharina; Church, Dawson; Sims, Rebecca.

In: Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine, Vol. 23, No. Jan-Dec, 2018.

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