Herbert Benson, M.D.

In the 1960’s Dr. Herbert Benson defined the term the Relaxation Response.

The Relaxation Response is a state of profound rest that can have lasting effects if any of a number of techniques that involve mental focusing is practiced regularly.

Dr. Herbert Benson standing in front of a poster for The Relaxation Response

Dr. Herbert Benson is now the Director Emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute (BHI)

Watch Dr. Herbert Benson teach the Relaxation Response basics.

Dr. Herbert Benson, M.D., an American cardiologist, born in 1935, is a pioneer in mind/body medicine, one of the first Western physicians to bring spirituality and healing into medicine. He is founder of the Mind/Body Medical Institute near Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Wesleyan University and Harvard School of Medicine.

He is the author or co-author of more than 175 scientific publications and 11 books. More than four million copies of his books have been printed in many languages.

Benson is the recipient of numerous national and international awards, Dr. Benson lectures widely about mind/body medicine and the BHI’s work. Dr. Benson’s research extends from the laboratory to the clinic to Asian field expeditions.

His work serves as a bridge between medicine and religion, East and West, mind and body, and belief and science.

Watch Dr. Herbert Benson teach the Relaxation Response basics.


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