Kirtan Kriya meditation leads to positive changes in patients with memory loss

Moss, A. S., et al. (2012). Effects of an 8-week meditation program on mood and anxiety in patients with memory loss. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 18(1), 48-53. Full text.

This study assesses changes in mood and anxiety in a cohort of subjects with memory loss who participated in an 8-week Kirtan Kriya meditation program. … The purpose of this analysis was to assess outcome measures of mood and affect, and also spirituality, and to determine whether or not results correlated with changes in cognitive function and cerebral blood flow (CBF).

Fifteen subjects with memory problems were enrolled in an 8-week meditation program. Before and after the 8-week meditation, subjects were given a battery of neuropsychologic tests (SPECT) as well as measures of mood, anxiety, and spirituality. In addition, they underwent single photon emission computed tomography scans before and after the program. …

Conclusions: An 8-week, 12 minute a day meditation program in patients with memory loss was associated with positive changes in mood, anxiety, and other neuropsychologic parameters, and these changes correlated with changes in CBF. A larger-scale study is needed to confirm these findings and better elucidate mechanisms of change.

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