Over the years, the practice of meditation has gained a fairly large following. Those who meditate regularly find that it eases their chronic pain and stress, improves heart health, boosts mood and immunity, and can resolve pregnancy problems.

According to cardiologist Herbert Benson—known for over three decades of research in the health effects of meditation—any condition that is caused or worsened by stress can be alleviated through regular meditation. The relaxation response from meditation helps to lower blood pressure and improves heart rate, allows for calmer breathing, and engages brain waves.

In scientific studies, meditation has been shown to increase activity in areas of the brain that control metabolism and heart rate. Meditation also produces long-lasting changes in the brain activity of areas associated with attention, working memory, learning, and conscious perception.

In regards to heart heath, regular practice of meditation has been show to significantly help high blood pressure over the long term. In another study, teenagers who meditated for fifteen minutes twice a day for four months were able to lower their blood pressure by a few points.

For women, regular meditation can help greatly. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS), infertility problems, and even breastfeeding can be improved by meditation. In fact, one study revealed that PMS symptoms subsided by 58% when the women involved meditated. Hot flashes were less intense among meditating women, and women struggling with infertility had much less anxiety, depression, and fatigue following a 10-week meditation program. An astonishing 34% of these women became pregnant within six months!

Benson says that “any practice that can evoke the relaxation response is beneficial, whether it be meditation, yoga, breathing, or repetitive prayer.” The relaxation response is the key to improving your health, both physically and emotionally. To learn more about the meditation process and how it can be used to improve your personal wellness, please contact Tranquiliti Wellness Center today at (407)448-0244.