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what medical science discipline would be best suited for someone who wants to conduct research on meditation?

I meditate and pray very often throughout the day. It is fascinating to me the changes the human body and mind undergo after these processes. I am planning to get a medical degree, however, i dont know what discipline would be best for my future career researching meditation and prayer and their physiological effects on the human body.


  • Hello Rick,

    Very interesting.

    I have known physicians from many different disciplines interested in and working with meditation. You might want to consider neuro sciences, psychiatry or even internal medicine. I trained with a wonderful Oncologist who went on to use some of my meditation tapes in his practice helping cancer patients heal using guided meditation.

    Best wishes,

  • I believe that meditation is considered to be “alternative medicine”, so it is not directly related to any current disciplines.
    If I were you, I would become a primary care M.D. or D.O., and then take additional specialized training at places such as the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at Harvard University.

    I think you will find the source link I posted below as interesting reading.

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