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Clinical Research

As part of our mission, we conduct clinical research to study the efficacy of contemplative interventions in reducing stress and enhancing positive health in a range of conditions like cancer, heart disease and mood disorders.
Contemplative interventions, also known as mind/body, cognitive-behavioral and psychosocial techniques, are as old as the ancient Indian and Tibetan medical traditions. For more, download the article on Tibetan Medicine from our Resource Library.

The efficacy of Indic techniques of meditation and yoga in helping people control a wide range of mind/body processes has been well documented over the last fifty years. For more, download the article on Meditation and Psychotherapy from our Resource Library.

These basic science findings sparked the rise of modern mind/body medicine, including the development of the relaxation response and mindfulness-based stress reduction. For more, download the article on Optimizing Learning and Quality of Life from our Resource Library.

Over the last twelve years, our faculty and research partners have focused on developing and testing contemplative self-healing interventions for various conditions, based on the power-tools of meditation preserved in the Tibetan tradition. For more, download the article on Contemplative Self-Healing from our Resource Library.

Nalanda clinical research on contemplative self-healing in cancer, heart disease and workplace stress at Weill Cornell Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine has been supported by recent grants from the Avon Foundation and the Rosenberg Foundation.

The first of these studies showed that a 20-week program helped 46 women recovering from cancer enhance their quality of life and reduce measures of stress more effectively than any prior psychosocial intervention. For more, download the article on The Effects of a Contemplative Self-Healing Program from our Resource Library.

Promising results from recent pilot studies of contemplative programs for people with heart disease, underserved women recovering from cancer, and business and non-profit executives facing severe work stress are now being analyzed and/or prepared for publication.

We are currently seeking additional funding for full scale clinical trials to further validate the results of prior studies, as well as for new studies of contemplative interventions for people with mood disorders and terminal cancer.