Meditation, tai chi, and yoga may improve overall health and reduce stress among veterans, according to a new study in Medical Care. In the study, 119 veterans reported on their experiences with meditation and other activities over a 12-month period. Though yoga was the most popular activity selected by veterans, tai chi, meditation, and acupuncture were also regularly selected.
- The study was conducted as part of a program analyzing complementary and integrative health (CIH) therapies in the VA system.
- Meditation was specifically linked with improvements in physical functioning. Yoga was connected with a decrease in perceived stress and tai chi was linked to lower anxiety levels and improved physical health.
- The CIH therapies didn't show any marked improvement to veterans' pain intensity.