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A recent study reveals that more Americans than ever–more than one-third of the population–use mind-body practices like yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises, and that their doctors are often the cheerleaders for these approaches. According to researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, one in 30 people were referred to mind-body therapies by a medical provider.
“There’s good evidence to support using mind-body therapies clinically,” the study’s lead author, Dr. Aditi Nerurkar, said in a news release from Beth Israel. “Still, we didn’t expect to see provider referral rates that were quite so high.”
Has your doctor ever counseled you to try a mind-body practice?