Do you want to know more about How Meditation Works? It’s a piece of advice our ancestors have given for thousands of years: take a deep breath and relax. Watch the tension melt from your muscles and all your niggling worries vanish. Somehow we all know that relaxation is good for us. Now the hard science has caught up: a comprehensive scientific study showing that deep relaxation changes our bodies on a genetic level has just been published. What researchers at Harvard Medical School discovered is that, in long-term practitioners of relaxation methods such as yoga and meditation, far more ‘disease-fighting genes’ were active, compared to those who practised no form of relaxation.
It is hard to believe some still question whether meditation can have a positive effect on mind and body. Meditation has long been lauded. Now science has shown that deep relaxation changes our bodies on a genetic level – for the better.
Some of the scientifically proven benefits of deep Meditation:
1. Boost Immunity:
Meditation appears to boost immunity in recovering cancer patients. In a study at Ohio State, a month of relaxation exercises boosted natural killer cells in the elderly, giving them a greater resistance to tumours and to viruses.
2. Irritable bowel syndrome:
When patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome began practicing a relaxation meditation twice daily, their symptoms of bloating, diarrhoea and constipation improved significantly. The meditation was so effective the researchers at the State University of New York recommended it as an effective treatment.
3. Lowered the Blood pressure (BP)
A study at Harvard Medical School found that meditation lowered blood pressure by making the body less responsive to stress hormones, in a similar way to blood pressure-lowering medication.
4. Reduce the Inflammation:
Stress leads to inflammation, a state linked to heart disease, arthritis, asthma and skin conditions such as psoriasis, say researchers at Emory University in the US. Meditation can help prevent and treat such symptoms by switching off the stress response. In this way, one study at McGill University in Canada found that meditation clinically improved the symptoms of psoriasis.
5. Switch off stress
How can you use meditation’s healing powers? Harvard researchers found that yoga, meditation and even repetitive prayer and mantras all induced the relaxation effect. ”The more regularly these techniques are practised, the more deeply rooted the benefits will be,” researchers say. Try one or more of these techniques for 15 minutes once or twice a day.