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Table 4 Reasons for practicing mindfulness meditation, exclusive use during the previous 12 months

From: Prevalence and patterns of use of mantra, mindfulness and spiritual meditation among adults in the United States

  Percenta SE 95% CI
General Use
 For general wellness and disease prevention 73.3 5.2 63.0, 83.7
 To treat specific health problems 30.2 5.0 20.3, 40.2
Wellness Use
 Reduce stress levels or relaxation 91.8 4.1 83.7, 99.9
 Feel better emotionally 90.5 3.7 83.2, 97.9
 Sense of control over one’s health 65.1 6.1 52.9, 77.3
 Improve memory or concentration 56.8 7.0 42.9, 70.7
 Better sleep 55.7 7.0 42.0, 69.5
 Improve energy 43.4 6.0 31.3, 55.4
 Improve immune function 27.7 6.0 15.7, 39.8
Health Behavior Use
 Eat healthier 31.9 6.7 18.5, 45.3
 Cut back or stop smoking cigarettes 26.8 8.1 10.0, 43.3
 Exercise more regularly 26.3 5.5 15.3, 37.4
 Eat more organic foods 9.7 3.5 2.8, 16.6
 Cut back or stop drinking alcohol 8.2 3.3 1.6, 14.7
Health Problem Use
 Can be practiced/done on my own 81.4 5.5 70.4, 92.5
 Whole person focus—mind, body, and spirit 79.3 5.1 69.2, 89.3
 It is natural 72.5 5.9 60.7, 84.2
 Would be helpful combined with medical treatment 70.2 7.5 54.6, 85.7
 Treats the cause and not just the symptoms 60.6 6.4 47.8, 73.4
 Medications cause side effects 43.9 7.4 28.3, 59.4
 Medical treatments not effective for my problem 26.4 11.6 2.3, 50.5
 Recommended by a medical doctor 13.0 3.9 5.2, 20.7
  1. aPercent is age adjusted