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- Meditative therapies encompass a broad range of mind-body activities to reduce stress and improve health.
- There are many forms of meditation, differentiated by the type of mental activity that is practiced and the philosophy underlying the training.
- The most common forms studied include transcendental meditation (TM); mindfulness-based therapies such as mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR); and Chinese therapies such as QiGong.
- Meditative therapies are not designed to treat any specific medical condition, but may have additional health benefits for persons with chronic diseases such as diabetes.