Integrative and Complementary MedicineOBM is an international peer-reviewed Open Access journal published quarterly online by LIDSEN Publishing Inc. It covers all evidence-based scientific studies on integrative, alternative and complementary approaches to improving health and wellness.

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Free Publication in 2019
Current Issue: 2019  Archive: 2018 2017 2016

Special Issue

Health Benefits of Meditation

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2018(Closed)               Submit Now      Flyer

Guest Editor

Sok Cheon Pak, PhD
School of Biomedical Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Panorama Avenue, Bathurst, NSW 2795, Australia
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: https://science.csu.edu.au/schools/biomed/staff/profiles/food-and-nutrition/sokcheon-pak
Research Interests: bee venom application; acupuncture: pain threshold; morphine dose reduction; medicinal herbs: anti-inflammatory; anti-allergic; immune-enhancing; polycystic ovarian syndrome; pap smear; evidence-based practice

Co-Editor

Soo Liang Ooi
Centre for Complementary & Alternative Medicine, Singapore 247909
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/soo-liang-ooi-8194781/

About This Topic

People meditate to attain self-regulation and consciousness transformation. Regardless of personal preference, the underlying rationale for either approach is similar in terms of viewing meditation as a therapeutic means. Despite the fact that meditation techniques are increasingly popular amongst the public, we still have scarce, preliminary evidence that stems from research within the therapeutic context. Numerous studies have been conducted to look for effects of meditation, yet there is even more lack of scientific theories for mind-body interactions. Thus, the atheoretical methodology is frequently mirrored in the way of data collection used in the studies which include dependent variables that are not specific to meditation research. Future research on meditation intervention needs to be standardized as much as possible to ensure credibility. Disease-specific approach to meditation intervention is highly recommended to refine the role of meditation with the elimination of conventional medication. Understanding of different types of meditation with each unique interacting pathway among the brain, mind, body and behavior associated with clinically significant resiliency will facilitate the development of meditation as new therapeutics.

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Keywords

Meditation; Health; Immune system; Brain; Therapeutics

Publication

Open Access Editorial

The Landscape of Current Meditation Research: An Overview to the Special Issue on 'Health Benefits of Meditation'

Soo Liang Ooi, Sok Cheon Pak
Received: May 29, 2019; Published: May 31, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1902033

Open Access Review

Meditation, Sleep, and Performance

Lauren E. Guerriero, Bruce F. O’Hara
Received: February 12, 2019; Published: May 24, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1902031

Open Access Original Research

Comparison of Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia between Zen-meditation and Control Groups

Pei-Chen Lo, Bo-Ting Lyu, Wu Jue Miao Tian
Received: July 30, 2018; Published: April 1, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1902021

Open Access Communication

Proposal for a Compassionate Emotional Accompaniment Technique (CEAT) Based on Mindfulness to Manage Disturbing Emotions

Natalia Sylvia Ramos Díaz
Received: August 23, 2018; Published: March 14, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1901017

Open Access Original Research

An Evaluation of a New Programme Training Mindfulness Teachers to Deliver Non-Eight Week Adapted Mindfulness-Based Interventions

Robert Marx, Lisa Burroughes
Received: October 13, 2018; Published: February 02, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1901009

Open Access Original Research

Mindful Self-Compassion and Adult Learner Retention in Post-Compulsory Education

Suzie Jokic, Nicole Jacqueline Albrecht, Sue Erica Smith
Received: July 15, 2018; Published: January 23, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1901004

Open Access Review

Cultivating Well-Being through the Three Pillars of Mind Training: Understanding How Training the Mind Improves Physiological and Psychological Well-Being

Andrew Villamil, Talya Vogel, Elli Weisbaum, Daniel J. Siegel
Received: October 3, 2018; Published: January 17, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1901003

Open Access Review

Health Benefits of (Mindful) Self-Compassion Meditation and the Potential Complementarity to Mindfulness-Based Interventions: A Review of Randomized-Controlled Trials

Selma A. Quist Møller, Sohrab Sami, Shauna L. Shapiro
Received: July 4, 2018; Published: January 7, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1901002

Open Access Review

State of the Research: Physical and Mental Health Benefits of Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Children and Adolescents

Randye J. Semple, Christine Burke
Received: August 20, 2018; Published: January 4, 2019; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1901001

Open Access Review

Binary Model of the Dynamics of Active versus Passive Mindfulness in Managing Depression

Andrew J Hede
Received: July 27, 2018; Published: December 24, 2018; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1804037

Open Access Review

Meditation and Immune Function: The Impact of Stress Management on the Immune System

Nicole Thibodeaux, Matt J. Rossano
Received: July 16, 2018; Published: December 3, 2018; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1804032

Open Access Original Research

Impacts of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) on the Psychological and Functional Wellbeing of Patients with Bipolar Disorders

Nancy Poirier, Serge Beaulieu, Sybille Saury, Sonia Goulet
Received: May 25, 2018; Published: November 5, 2018; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1804028

Open Access Review

Integrating Mindfulness and Physical Exercises for Medical Students: A Systematic Review

Marcus A. Henning, Tae Joo Park, Fiona Moir, Chris Krägeloh, Christopher Mysko, Jennifer Hobson, Craig S. Webster
Received: May 25, 2018; Published: October 26, 2018; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1804027

Open Access Original Research

A Mixed Methods Approach to Understanding Conceptions of Mindfulness Meditation

Ethan G. Lester, Amy R. Murrell, Dickson E. Dickson
Received: June 19, 2018; Published: October 15, 2018; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1804026

Open Access Communication

Meditation as an Intervention for Health: A Framework for Understanding Meditation Research

Marcel Allbritton, Carrie Heeter
Received: July 30, 2018; Published: October 9, 2018; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1804025

Open Access Original Research

Feasibility of a Meditation Video Game to Reduce Anxiety in College Students

Paul A. Barclay, Clint A. Bowers
Received: July 27, 2018; Published: October 8, 2018; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1804024

Open Access Original Research

Specific Somatic Symptoms Alleviated by Mindfulness Meditation Training

Holly Hazlett-Stevens
Received: April 20, 2018; Published: October 3, 2018; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1804023

Open Access Review

A Review of the Efficacy of Yoga and Meditation-Based Interventions for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Alexandra Koulouris, Kathleen Dorado, Christina McDonnell, Robert R. Edwards, Asimina Lazaridou
Received: June 27, 2018; Published: September 6, 2018; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1803018

Open Access Original Research

The Four-Facet Model of Eudaimonic Resilience and Its Relationships with Mindfulness, Perceived Stress and Resilience

Fraser L. E. Fisher, Aileen M. Pidgeon
Received: July 10, 2018; Published: August 27, 2018 ; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1803015

Open Access Case Report

Living with Spondylolisthesis with (Relative) Equanimity

Patricia Lynn Dobkin
Received: April 23, 2018; Published: July 3, 2018 ; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1803013

Open Access Review

The Efficacy of Mindfulness-Based Interventions on Depressive Symptoms and Quality of Life: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials

Jonathan Manh Dang, Luma Bashmi, Stephen Meeneghan, Janet White, Rebecca Hedrick, Jelena Djurovic, Brigitte Vanle, Dennis Nguyen, Jonathan Almendarez, Paula Ravets, Yasmine Gohar, Sophia Hanna, Itai Danovitch, Waguih William IsHak
Received: March 28, 2018; Published: June 25, 2018; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1802011

Open Access Original Research

Leveraging Mindfulness to Build Resilience and Professional Quality of Life in Human Service Professionals

Andrew Hanna, Aileen M. Pidgeon
Received: April 4, 2018; Published: May 16, 2018; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1802007

Open Access Original Research

Mindfulness Meditation in College Students to Advance Health Equity

Stephanie Bryan, Maryellen Hamilton, Elizabeth Finn
Received: February 21, 2018; Published: May 16, 2018; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1802006

Open Access Communication

Open Dialogue and the Impact of Therapist Mindfulness on the Health of Clients

Russell Razzaque
Received: January 28, 2018; Published: March 28, 2018; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1801001

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