Below are a list of a few of the most influential research studies linking stress reduction with health benefits, as well as a few popular articles.
Many studies have documented the use of Tai Chi Chuan as beneficial practice for various medical conditions. Here are a few.
The Effects of Aerobic Exercise and T’ai Chi on Blood Pressure: Results of a Randomized Trial.
Young D. R., Appel L.J., Jee S.H., Miller E.R. III. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 1999; 47:277-284. Abstract.
A study design to investigate the effect of intense Tai Chi in reducing falls among older adults transitioning to frailty.
Wolf S.L., Sattin R.W., O’Grady, M., Freret N., Ricci R., Greenspan A.I., Xu, T.S., Kutner M.: Controlled Clinical Trials, 22(6): 689-704, 2001. Abstract.
Effects of Tai Chi exercise on balance, functional mobility, and fear of falling among older women.
Taggart HM. Appl Nurs Res. 2002 Nov;15(4):235-42. Abstract.
Tai Chi Chuan practice as a tool for rehabilitation of severe head trauma: 3 case reports.
Shapira MY, Chelouche M, Yanai R, Kaner C, Szold A. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2001 Sep;82(9):1283-5. Abstract.
Effects of T’ai Chi training on function and quality of life indicators in older adults with osteoarthritis.
Hartman C.A., Manos T.M., Winter C., Hartman D.M., Li B., Smith J.C. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 48(12):1553-9, 2000 Dec. Abstract.
Dean Ornish’s pioneering research helped bring stress reduction techniques into mainstream heart disease research.
Can lifestyle changes reverse coronary heart disease?
Ornish, D., Brown, S. E., Sherwitz, L. W., Billings, J. H., Armstrong, W. T., Ports, T. A., McLanahan, S. M., Kirkeeide, R. L., Brand, R. J., and Gould, K. L., The Lancet, 1990; 336:129-133. Abstract.
Changes in myocardial perfusion abnormalities by positron emission tomography after long-term, intense risk factor modification
K. L. Gould; D. Ornish; L. Scherwitz; S. Brown; R. P. Edens; M. J. Hess; N. Mullani; L. Bolomey; F. Dobbs; W. T. Armstrong; et al. Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). 1995; 274: 894-901. Abstract.
Jon Kabat-Zinn / Chronic Pain
Jon Kabat-Zinn and his associates study the use of mindfulness meditation to self-regulate chronic pain.
An out-patient program in Behavioral Medicine for chronic pain patients based on the practice of mindfulness meditation: Theoretical considerations and preliminary results.
Kabat-Zinn, J. Gen. Hosp. Psychiatry (1982) 4:33-47. Abstract.
The clinical use of mindfulness meditation for the self-regulation of chronic pain.
Kabat-Zinn, J., Lipworth, L. and Burney, R. J. Behav. Med. (1985) 8:163-190. Abstract.
Four year follow-up of a meditation-based program for the self-regulation of chronic pain: Treatment outcomes and compliance.
Kabat-Zinn, J., Lipworth, L., Burney, R. and Sellers, W. Clin.J.Pain (1986) 2:159-173. Abstract.
Roland McCarty / HeartMath
The effects of emotions on short-term power spectrum analysis of heart rate variability
Rollin McCarty MS, Mike Atkinson, William A. Tiller PhD, Glen Rein PhD and Alan D Watkins MBBS, The American Journal of Cardiology, Vo. 76, No. 14, Nov. 15, 1995, pp. 1089-1093. Abstract.
Cardiac coherence: A new, noninvasive measure of autonomic nervous system order
William A. Tiller, Ph.D., Rollin McCraty, MA, and Mike Atkinson, Alternative Therapises, Vo. 2, No. 1, Jan. 1996, pp. 52-65. Article.
Kabat-Zinn / Anxiety
Compliance with an outpatient stress reduction program: rates and predictors of completion.
Kabat-Zinn, J. and Chapman-Waldrop, A. J. Behav. Med. (1988) 11:333-352. Abstract.
Effectiveness of a meditation-based stress reduction program in the treatment of anxiety disorders
Kabat-Zinn, J., Massion, A.O., Kristeller, J., Peterson, L.G., Fletcher, K., Pbert, L., Linderking, W., Santorelli, S.F. . Am. J Psychiatry (1992) 149:936-943. Article.
Three-year follow-up and clinical implications of a mindfulness-based stress reduction intervention in the treatment of anxiety disorders.
Miller, J., Fletcher, K. and Kabat-Zinn, J. Gen. Hosp. Psychiatry (1995) 17:192-200. Article.
Meditation and Immune Function
Very recent research by Richard Davidson and others at the University of Wisconson-Madison which is documenting the effects of meditation on brain function.
Alterations in brain and immune function produced by mindfulness meditation.
Davidson, R. J., Kabat-Zinn, J., et al. (2003). Psychosomatic Medicine, 65, 564-570. Abstract
Meditation and Breast / Prostate Cancer
Meditation, Melatonin and Breast/Prostate Cancer: Hypothesis and Preliminary Data
A.O. Massion, J. Teas, J.R. Hebert, M.D. Wertheimer, and J. Kabat-Zinn. Medical Hypotheses, 1995, 44, 39-46. Abstract.
The Science of Meditation.
Time Magazine, August 4, 2003. pp. 48-56.
Meditation produces positive changes in the brain.
Lisa Brunette. Brain and Emotions Research. University of Wisconsin-Madison. Feb. 6, 2003.