The contents menu is:
- Psychosomosis - the Placebo and Nocebo Effects: Curing and Causing Disease with the Mind
- Mastering the Mind
Meditation can influence our physical bodies in areas where symptoms are typically known to be susceptible to psychosomatic factors (placebo effects and nocebo effects) with some evidence it helps with diseases associated with blood pressure and heart disease but also cancer (according to one study). The experience of pain is readily influenced by our mental states and meditation is often cited as a positive method of pain control; in some cases it has had a radical effect. A medical analysis of 47 trials on mental health found that meditation helps with anxiety, depression and pain, and helps a bit with overall quality of life. But the evidence is that meditation is not better than behavioural therapies (such as exercising more) in combatting mental ills.