Graph: meditation studies published per year in MEDLINE

Meditation studies published on medline

This graph shows the number of meditation studies considered as serious explorations of meditation’s effects published per year in the MEDLINE database.

The maximum yearly output was in 2000–2001 when 12 RCTs were reported in MEDLINE. In the same time period 106 RCTs for fluoxetine, as an example of a mainstream medication, and 98 RCTs for acupuncture, as an example of a complementary medicine, were published. The rate of publication of RCTs on meditation is poor in comparison to other therapeutic modalities in either the mental health or complementary and alternative medicine genres.

Dr Ramesh Manocha


  1. Dear Dr. Ramesh Manocha,

    I have just come through your website and I have to say: it’s a very inspiring one! I am a Swiss psychology student who has been practising yoga and meditation now for over two years. And I can say: its has had a huge impact on me!
    I am very much interested in learning more about this subject and reading studies about it. In your article of the 15th of december, you wrote about the most important studies on meditation in MEDLINE. I would be more than thankful if you could send me a list of these studies, so I can purchase them.

    All the best and kindest regards,

    Alexandra Frey

  2. anitha abraham

    i didn’t get result about anxiety.i’m doing research on effectiveness of pranayama on anxiety among clients with myocardial infarction.
    if don’t mine,can you help for my study,becoz i need more proof for my can you send litrature about it.

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