Physiological Benefits of Meditation

Research studies have shown that meditation can enhance an individual’s physiological and psychological health. Meditation promotes the healing process because brainwave pattern are brought into an alpha phase or consciousness level. As we have discussed earlier in the article How to start your Meditation Practice?” it would be easier for you to start with meditation.

There are scientific evidences which prove that meditation helps in relieving you from pain, stress and blood pressure. In this section we would discuss on the topic how meditation works on human body and what are the various physiological benefits of meditation.

How Meditation Works on Human Body?

Researches show that meditation can bring a healthy phase of relaxation. Meditation causes a comprehensive decrease in various physiological and biological markers such as reduced respiration rate, reduced heart rate, reduced plasma cortisol etc.

Studies have revealed that during meditation mind is in deep resting stage. At the same time your brain becomes more attentive. Fall in the metabolic rates during the meditation was one of the great researches about meditation.

Decreased metabolic rates indicates that there is drop in the oxygen utilization. It was observed that it decreased by 20% of the normal level. This level was even less than what is generally experienced during deep sleep. Even the heart rate of the meditator was less than the average.

During meditation it was observed that the blood pressure of the body was maintained at a lower level. The various activities of the nervous system were also reduced during meditation. All the above observed symptoms of meditation work in conjunction to relax and de-stress your body.

Physiological Benefits of Meditation:

  • Drug addiction: Meditation technique is being successful in coping strategy to deal with drug addiction. It is helpful in controlling the immune system and acts as an efficient stress and pain manager.
  • Stress control: Meditation is beneficial in stress management. Studies have shown that the level of various biochemical compounds and hormones in the blood decreases during meditation. In this reduced condition of hormones you would feel a reduction in your stress condition.
  • Pain management: Anxiety reduces the verge for pain and anxiety is caused by pain. Meditation breaks this vicious cycle. Meditation might not eradicate pain completely but it helps you to cope with it more efficiently.
  • Heart disease: Meditation is a major part of Ornish therapy, the only treatment scientifically established to reverse heart disease.
  • High blood pressure: Meditation is a beneficial practice for the reduction of blood pressure. A significant reduction in the blood pressure reduces the chances of heart attack and stroke.
  • Respiratory crises: Slow and controlled breathing movements during meditation have been beneficial in treating asthma and various chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases.
  • Meditation is also very beneficial in curing headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, premenstrual syndrome, ulcers, insomnia, fibromyalgia, psoriasis, infertility and various other chronic illness.