Your health questions answered!
Custom Search
Home Walking Calories Weight & Height

Meditation As Alternative Therapy

Meditation is a quiet, simple technique that boosts the body's disease resistance and maintains overall health.

According to research conducted by David Eisenberg, MD, and his colleagues at Harvard Medical School, mind/body medicine is the most widely used alternative. At the heart of mind/body medicine lies the age-old practice of meditation.

Basic Meditation

Though a variety of meditation techniques exist, there are basic elements that anyone can master. Doing as little as 20 minutes per day is enough to begin to see benefits.

  • Sit or lie in a comfortable position with your eyes closed.
  • Focus your attention on the repetition of a word, sound, phrase or prayer, doing this silently or whispering. An alternative is to focus on the sensation of each breath as it moves in and out of your body.
  • Every time you notice that your attention has wandered (which will occur naturally), gently redirect it back, without judging yourself.

  1. Meditation Is More Than A "Feel-Good" State

    Meditation - focusing the mind continuously on one thought, phrase or prayer for a period of time - naturally leads to the "relaxation response", changes in the body that are deeply restorative and which quicken healing.

    These changes include reductions in heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, oxygen consumption, blood flow to skeletal muscles, perspiration and muscle tension; as well as improvements in immunity.

    The relaxation response works much like pushing a "reset" button, enabling your body to return to a state of optimum balance. Many studies have been done that show the effectiveness of meditation in treating a number of health conditions.

  2. Meditation For Women's Health

    Some remarkable benefits are possible for women who meditate regularly. One study found that women with PMS (premenstrual syndrome) reduced their symptoms by 58%. Another study found that women going through menopause could significantly reduce the intensity of hot flashes.

    Even those women struggling with infertility can benefit. In a study of a 10-week group program that included meditation (along with exercise and nutrition changes), the women had significantly less anxiety, depression, and fatigue; and 34% became pregnant within six months.

    Researchers have also found that new mothers who use meditation with images of milk flowing in their breasts can more than double their production of milk.

  3. Meditation For The Heart

    The heart has been the focus of hundreds of studies of meditation worldwide. Regular practice of meditation has been found to significantly reduce blood pressure in people with hypertension. These reductions can endure over the long term. In one study, the reductions achieved during an eight-week program were still in place three years later.

    Other studies have focused on meditation in relation to heart disease. For example, patients with coronary-artery disease who meditated daily for eight months had nearly a 15% increase in exercise tolerance. Patents with ischemic heart disease (a condition in which the heart muscle receives an inadequate supply of blood) who practiced for four weeks had a significantly lower frequency of premature ventricular contractions (a type of irregular heartbeat).

    Patients undergoing heart surgery can also reap the rewards of meditation. In one study, angioplasty patients who used meditation had significantly less anxiety, pain and need for medication during and after the procedure. In another, those having open-heart surgery were able to reduce their incidence of post-operative abnormally fast heart rhythm.

  4. Meditation For The Immune System

    There is also evidence that meditation has immune-enhancing effects. For example, medical students who meditated during final exams had a higher percentage of "T-helper cells", the immune cells that trigger the immune system into action. Nursing-home residents trained in meditation had increased activity of "natural-killer cells", which kill bacteria and cancer cells. They also had reductions in the activity of viruses and of emotional distress.

    Cancer patients have also experienced the benefits of meditation. In one study, patients with metastatic (spreading) cancer who meditated with imagery regularly for a year had significant increases in natural-killer cell activity.


Custom Search

Home Body Mass Index Calorie Counter Weight Management
FAQ About Us Contact Us Weight, Height & BMI

Health Tools
Body Mass Index
Calories Burned While Walking
Calories Composition Converter
Daily Calorie Needs
How Much Water To Drink
Optimal Heart Rate Chart
Waist To Hip Ratio
Weight And Height Converter
What You Should Weigh
Rest And Yoga
Benefits Of Sleep And Naps
Chronic Sleep Deprivation
Good Sleep Hygiene
Meditation As Therapy
Better Sleep For Losing Weight
Sweating While Sleeping
Yoga For Quieting Minds
Yoga For Sleeplessness
Avoiding Dehydration
Exercise For Over-Forties
Combine Weights And Aerobics
Exercise & C-Reactive Protein
Home Exercise Equipment
Intensity Of A Workout
Pilates Strengthens
Setting Exercise Goals
Starting A Fitness Program
Types Of Physical Fitness
Vitamin E, Exercise And Aging
Vitamin E And Soreness
Weight Lifting And Weight Loss
Weight Training For Aging
When Sports Drinks Necessary
Exercise Benefits
Approaches To Weight Loss
Balance With Bosu Ball
Benefits Of Being Fit
Delaying Dementia
Feeling And Looking Younger
Fit In Body And Mind
Improving The Quality Of Life
Keeping Weight Off
Losing Weight Permanently
Metabolism & Weight Loss
Pre-Diabetic Syndrome
Relief For Joint Aches
Run For Your Heart
Stroke Risks
Toning The Thighs
Weight Management
Work-Outs And Personality
Diet And Nutrition
Age-Related Supplements
Boost The Immune System
Breakfast And Weight Control
Breakfast, Obesity, Diabetes
Cinnamon For Diabetes
Dietary Approaches To Diabetes
Essential Fatty Acids
Glycemic Index
Good And Bad Carbohydrates
Protein And Kidney Damage
High Protein Or High-Carb Diet?
Moderate Fat For Health
Smoking And Impotence
Super Foods For Anti-Aging
The Right Number Of Calories
Vegetarians Live Longer
Weight Loss Effects Of Diary
Blood Pressure Control
Abdominal Fat And Stroke Risk
Approaches To Pressure Control
Blood Pressure Control
Sesame Oil And Blood Pressure
Silent Strokes And Alzheimer's
Warning Signs Of Stroke
Cancer Strategies
Exercise And Colon Cancer
Get Fit To Avoid Cancer
NSAIDs For Colon And Prostate
Protein Prevents Colon Cancer
Double Diabetes
Green Tea For Diabetes
How To Lessen Diabetes Risk
Pre-Diabetic Syndrome
Social Psychology
Anti-Social Behaviour And Health
Overcoming Winter Blues
Social Contacts & Health
Women's Issues
Kegel Exercises
Soy And Menopause
Sugar And Diabetes In Women
Toning The Thighs
Urinary Tract Infections
Women's Weight Management