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INTRODUCTION Relaxation and Meditation is beneficial to many patients ---- this is a fact proven by scientific and clinical studies. But in what way is it useful? What are the side effects? How can the side effects be avoided? How can the beneficial effects be utilized properly?

WHAT IS RELAXATION? HOW IS IT CLASSIFIED? Relaxation and meditation is a life-style. It is a healthy way of living. It is an efficient way to take a good rest. It is a method to invigorate your body and your mind. It is a health adjunct. It is a health necessity. It is a classified with subshine, fresh air, a good night sleep, nutritious food and gentle exercise. To practise relaxation and meditation is like going to a health spa.

Relaxation and meditatin is not classified as a mode of therapy at this time (one day it might). It is not psychotherapy. It is not hypnosis. It is not a drug. It should not be viewed as a method of diagnosing illnesses. It should not be employed to treat spcific diseases.

Relaxation and meditation should be utilized to enhance goneral physical and mental health, like sunshine, fresh air and a good night sleep can enhance your general helth ---- and that is the only indication and application for meditation and relaxation at this point in time.

TO I GNORE MEDITATION AND RELAXATION IS TO DENY PATIENTS A PROVEN BENEFICIAL MEASURE TO ENHANCE THEIR GENERAL HEALTH.

It is a known fact that patients with good general health survives acute emergencies better, recovers from acuter illmesses much faster, have less surgical complications, and have a shorter convalesvent period. In short, medications and surgery work bettr in a healthy patient. We should take every adjunctive measure to enhance patients’ general health before they ever get sick ---- but more importantly, after they develop a sickness, and while they are receiving medications and surgery, we should continue in our unvrasing effort to enhance their general health in every posible way.

WHEN TO RECOMMEND A PATIENT FOR MEDITATION AND RELAXATION The medical indications for meditation and relaxation are of a non-specific nautre at this point in time. In the near future, the number of indications will increase and will also become more specific.

As of now, there are five broad categories of indications:-

  • (1)

    Mild anxity states requiring no psychiatric consultation.

  • (2)

    Psychosomatic diseases.

  • (3)

    Gernaral ill health concurrent with fully diagnosed medical conditions under adequate treatment.

  • (4)

    Tesidual symptoms from fully diagnosed medical conditions under adequate treatment.

  • (5)

    Non-psychosomatic diseases not responding to currently available methods of treatment.

(1) Mild Anixety States Requiring No Psychiatric Consutation.

Patients with mild anxiety with or without concurrent physical illness can benefit from meditation and relaxation when the private doctor has determined that formal psychiatric care or psychological evaluation & psychotherapy is not necessary at that point in time for that particular patient. Anxiety states associated with everyday stress, concurrent physical illnesses and pre-operative & post-operative situations fall under this category. The practice of meditations and relaxation might reduce the need for mind tranquilazers. If and when the

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