Meditation is advised by many doctors as a remedy to majority of health ailments. But why do they advice? Many of us have this doubt. Let’s know in detail about the meditation and its positive effects.
1. It Improves Brain Plasticity A study of mindfulness meditation practitioners showed an increase in the number of neurons in the brain's hippocampus (related to learning and memory) and a reduction in the volume of the amygdala (related to anxiety and stress) after just eight weeks.
Similar studies have shown increases in the number of neurons and neuronal connections in the right frontal cortex (concentration), the right insula (emotions), and the right parietal and temporal lobes (touch and sound).
2. It Increases Gray Matter Brain scans of participants in a mediation study by Yale, Harvard and Mass General Hospital showed increases of gray matter in parts of the brain, and that meditation may slow natural brain deterioration. The parts of the brain with increased gray matter thickness are related to attention and processing sensory input.
3. It Helps You Sleep More Efficiently Researchers reported that experienced meditators slept fewer hours than non-meditators and the general population, but were no less alert. Separate research has found that meditation may be an effective behavioral intervention in the treatment of insomnia.
4. It Lowers Blood Pressure In reviewing existing research, the American Heart Association in 2013 concluded that transcendental meditation lowers blood pressure. High blood