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The Physical Effects of Meditation

The Physical Effects of Meditation

Often discussed are the spiritual and emotional benefits of meditation. But what about the actual scientific proof of how it can benefit you in your physical body?

While the medical community all agrees that meditation should not be used as a stand-alone therapy or replacement for medical care, even the Mayo Clinic believes that it can be a useful addition to other treatments and may help with:

  • Sleep problems
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Pain
  • HIV
  • Psoriasis

There have been over 3,000 scientific studies on the benefits of meditation. Some of the benefits shown are:

  • Improved immunity
  • Higher energy levels
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Inflammation reduction on a cellular level
  • Asthma relief
  • Helps with PMS and Menopause
  • Mood stabilization
  • Better deeper sleep
  • Waking to feel more rested
  • Helps to treat depression
  • Decreased anxiety
  • Reduced alcohol and substance abuse
  • Improved focus
  • Improved ability to deal with stress
  • Increased creativity
  • Helps manage the effects of trauma
  • Reduce metabolic syndrome

Neuroscience experiments have shown physical evidence of gray matter concentration in the brain in areas involved in learning and memory as well as regulating emotions, perspective and sense of self. Long-term meditators showed enhanced gamma waves in the brain.

Meditation can be beneficial spiritually, physically and emotionally. It takes some practice, but very little time out of your day and requires no equipment – just a comfortable quiet space and the willingness to take time out for yourself.

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