What is it?
Mantra meditation is a practice used to train the mind and attain a relaxed mental and physical state. It involves the repetition of a sound, word, or phrase.
Through meditation, the brain is thought to switch from resting brain waves (alpha waves) to relaxing brain waves (theta waves). This is believed to increase the release of pain-killing chemicals called endorphins, slow breathing and heart rate, and decrease blood pressure and metabolism.
People use mantra meditation for sleeping problems, anxiety, pain, stress, high blood pressure, headache, alcohol use disorder, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support many of uses.
Possibly Effective for …
- Anxiety. Practicing transcendental meditation, a type of mantra meditation, seems to help reduce anxiety.
- High blood pressure. Practicing transcendental meditation, a type of mantra meditation, might slightly reduce blood pressure in people with high blood pressure.
There is interest in using mantra meditation for a number of other purposes, but there isn’t enough reliable information to say whether it might be helpful.
Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn’t enough information to know how mantra meditation might affect pregnancy or breast-feeding, but there’s no reason to expect any safety concerns.
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