Mantra meditation
Mantra meditation


Mantra meditation is a practice used to train the mind and attain a relaxed mental and physical state. It involves the repetition of a sound, word, or phrase.

Through meditation, the brain is thought to switch from resting brain waves (alpha waves) to relaxing brain waves (theta waves). This is believed to increase the release of pain-killing chemicals called endorphins, slow breathing and heart rate, and decrease blood pressure and metabolism.

People use mantra meditation for sleeping problems, anxiety, pain, stress, high blood pressure, headache, alcohol use disorder, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support many of uses.
Mantra meditation is likely safe. There are no known safety concerns.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough information to know how mantra meditation might affect pregnancy or breast-feeding, but there's no reason to expect any safety concerns.


NatMed Pro rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate.
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  • Anxiety. Practicing transcendental meditation, a type of mantra meditation, seems to help reduce anxiety.
  • High blood pressure. Practicing transcendental meditation, a type of mantra meditation, might slightly reduce blood pressure in people with high blood pressure.
There is interest in using mantra meditation for a number of other purposes, but there isn't enough reliable information to say whether it might be helpful.
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Dosing & administration

Mantra meditation involves repeating a sound, word, or a phrase to attain a meditative state. There are many different types of mantra meditation, including transcendental meditation, Jyoti mantra meditation, Metta meditation, and others. Examples of spiritual, internal, and nonspiritual phrases that may be repeated include "God is peace," "I am content," and "Grass is green."

Interactions with pharmaceuticals

It is not known if this treatment interacts with any medicines. Before using this treatment, talk with your health professional if you take any medications.

Interactions with herbs & supplements

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

Interactions with foods

There are no known interactions with foods. has licensed monographs from TRC Healthcare.
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