Doctors are prescribing yoga and meditation for patients for whom conventional medicines have failed.
More doctors are putting away their prescription pads and telling their patients to hit the yoga mat.
A recent Harvard study found that more than 6.3 million Americans use mind-body therapies, including meditation, based on a referral from their physicians. That compares with 34.8 million who seek these therapies out themselves without doctor’s orders.
Doctors are especially referring patients for whom conventional medicines have failed.
The study found that those who were referred to mind-body therapies by their doctors tended to be sicker and used the health-care system more than people who sought the therapies themselves, according to AFP Relaxnews.
“It makes us wonder whether referring patients for these therapies earlier in the treatment process could lead to less use of the health-care system, and possibly, better outcomes for these patients,” said lead researcher Dr. Aditi Nerurkar, of Harvard Medical School.