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Meditation and Medication: How to Heal and Do Not Harm Your Body?

Meditation has been proved to be essential not only to your spiritual health, but also as a stabilizer for nearly all of your systems, include cardiovascular, immune, digestive, reproductive systems.

In this article, we are looking at various ways meditation is healing your organism:

Reducing pain

There are researches that show that regular meditation practice can help decreasing pain and associated discomfort. Besides, meditation provides a surefire tool for control on the overall unpleasant sensations inside your body. Meditating would not make you invulnerable to the physical pain, but it can accumulating mechanisms to cope with pain in an efficient way.

Boosting immune system

Even if your immune system is functioning properly, you can prepare it for fighting potentiality harmful attacks while regularly meditating. The stability of the immune system will be a result of long-practicing meditation, and it will result in the quicker response, should any foreign and potentially malignant organism enter your organism.

Lowering blood pressure

There is a practiced technique known as the relaxation response, which is used to help coping with higher blood pressure. More than half patients suffering from or showing the symptoms of irregular blood pressure, who subscribed to the research based on the use of the technique, experienced a drop in blood pressure, at times even more significant than the one caused by proven blood pressure-regulating medications. The relaxation response technique, in its essence, is the good old meditation, specifically oriented towards relaxing the tension in the body.

Reducing inflammation

The mindfulness meditation is directly tied with the relief of inflammatory symptoms among patients who suffer from mild to chronic inflammatory-associated conditions. Of course, more research is needed to establish needful practices that can help finding a way to a pattern that would link meditation and reduced inflammation, but the link is there.

Reducing heart failure risk

The traditional, widely practiced transcendental mediation is a method to reduction in heart attacks, strokes and early death that associated with heart diseases. While calming the human organism, the transcendental meditation is a healing mechanism for the cardio-vascular system. The effects are currently observed only with patients who practice transcendental meditation for a longer stretch of time, that is, for one year or more. The meditation cannot substitute heart failure-preventing medications existing on the market, but can surely help in reduction of the intake of these costly drugs.

Boosting the cognitive function

The traditional meditation mindfulness training is linked to the increased functionality in several areas in the brain, including those parts in the frontal cortex and the prefrontal cortex responsible for the cognition and executive functions. Besides, the mindfulness practice is significantly improving the working memory functioning, making a meditator more alert and increasing the responsiveness of the brain. As a result, those who practice the mindfulness meditation prove to be overall more efficient in their daily tasks, however routine the tasks are. No need to mention, that a more alert individual is way more prepared to stresses that all of us meet as we walk through the day,

Improving depression

The studies targeting patients with generalized depressive disorder, have shown that mindfulness meditation can be effective in easing depression for some groups of patients, specifically those that are overwhelmed by negative thoughts and find themselves in despair that results in an inability to perform daily tasks. The secret is simple: when you have more control over your body and brain, and that is the positive effect you have after meditating, you are able to take the negative thoughts under control and have more resources to cope with stress and anxiety that those negative thought can bring.

Helping patients with sleep complications

Insomnia, as well as other sleep complications, can be a symptom of a variety of disorders, both mood ones and body-related ones. The meditation that has deep relaxation techniques in its focus, is helping to stabilize the parasympathetic system, the functioning of which is the key factor to the normal sleep. Besides, those practicing the meditation have shown to have more stable circadian cycle that is responsible for hormonal balance in the areas of the brain that are used for putting you to sleep.