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This is the sentence:

It [Tratak] has a cleansing effect on the eyes, is concentrating and energizing.

I want to correct "concentrating" and replace it with one word which means "increasing your capacity to concentrate."

I'm making a distinction between a technique that uses concentration and a technique that improves concentration.

Is there such a word, and if so, what is it?

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  • Did you look for the "concentrative" in the dictionary? Oxford , e.g. Recently there have been sophisticated investigations of expert meditators from various concentrative practices such as Buddhism, Zen, meditative yoga, and Qi Gong.
    – user109460
    Commented Mar 21, 2015 at 9:33
  • In a word . . . no.
    – Robusto
    Commented Mar 21, 2015 at 9:34
  • I did look in the dictionary. I'm making a distinction between a technique that uses concentration and a technique that improves concentration. Does concentrative cover both of these? Commented Mar 21, 2015 at 9:45
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    I think the word you want is "concentration-enhacing" or "concentration-improving". For example, "Caffeine is said to be a concentration-enhancing substance."
    – Brandin
    Commented Mar 21, 2015 at 9:58
  • @EternalSubject In my opinion, concentrative techniques can imply both using the ability to be concentrated and improving this ability.
    – user109460
    Commented Mar 21, 2015 at 10:05

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I think NOT. The meaning of concentrative as given in the OED is:

Having the attribute of concentrating; characterized by concentration.

1822 Blackwood's Edinb. Mag. 12 218 The noblest examples of pure and concentrative imagination to be found in any author.

1829 C. Welch Wesl. Polity 197 The accumulation is the unfailing product of the concentrative tendency.

1881 M. E. Braddon Asphodel I. 72 Your nature is concentrative rather than diffuse.

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  • Do you have any suggestions as to what I would use instead? Commented Mar 21, 2015 at 12:18
  • @EternalSubject Do you know a word in any language which means increases your capacity to concentrate?
    – WS2
    Commented Mar 22, 2015 at 8:45

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