Meditation as a Treatment for Mental Illness

by Cherie Miranda on October 28, 2013

OK, I admit it. I’m a geek about health. Natural health and alternative medicine, specifically. So I keep very much up to date on the latest developments in that arena.

Lately, there’ve been a lot of studies conducted on anti-depressant medications. Not surprisingly, they’re being found ineffective and downright harmful to your health.

I’ve even read some research that indicates low serotonin levels may have little to do with depression, especially extended depressions. And even if serotonin imbalances do contribute to depression, there are lots of ways to naturally boost and balance serotonin. For example, exercise is one of the easiest and most accessible things you can do to increase serotonin levels.

Those of us who understand total integrated health (mind, body, spirit) have long known that meditation is one of the best tools you can use to beat depression. When I recently read an article about western medicine finally admitting that meditation is useful in the treatment of depression and mental illness, I was very excited. It’s encouraging, to say the least, to see natural medicine and healthy living becoming more mainstream.

As the author of the article states, there’s been little progress in the treatment of mental illness over the last 200 years. While meditation isn’t an overnight cure, for those willing to stay the course and implement other holistic strategies as well, it seems that meditation is an effective treatment for depression and other mental illness.

To read the original article, which includes a lot more detail about why meditation treats mental illness and depression, please visit the Natural News website by clicking here: http://www.naturalnews.com/035061_meditation_treatment_mental_illness.html.

Enjoy, and happy meditating!

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