Has meditation been proven to improve health?!
Question: Has meditation been proven to improve health?
Effectiveness of Transcendental Meditation on Functional Capacity and Quality of Life of African Americans with Congestive Heart Failure: A Randomized Control Study
Psychosocial Stress and Cardiovascular Disease Part 2: Effectiveness of the Transcendental Meditation Program in Treatment and Prevention
That's a nice 15 year study
Those are the first couple that popped up in a pubmed search.
I suggest you look for at individual diseases. That sort of thing is gonna get washed in the factor loading for a meta-analysis.
This is what I got when I plugged in meditation and HPA. Your HPA axis is what controls the stress response. It plays a very pivitol role in heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic lifestyle diseases. I included it merely for point of interest.
"In June, 2007 the United States National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine published an independent, peer-reviewed, meta-analysis of the state of research on meditation and health outcomes. The report reviewed 813 studies in five broad categories of meditation: mantra meditation, mindfulness meditation, yoga, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong. The result was mixed. The report concluded that "firm conclusions on the effects of meditation practices in healthcare cannot be drawn based on the available evidence. However, the results analyzed from methodologically stronger research include findings sufficiently favorable to emphasize the value of further research in this field.":210 More rigor in future studies was called for.:v"
So the answer is no, but the studies that have been done are poor quality.
To put it briefly; physical health, no. Mental health, maybe.
Well...sorta, it can improve your breathing and patience as well as make you a lot happier