Meditation is a practice that has been existing for millenia in different cultures and traditions. There have been many proven benefits of this ancient exercise, both in the realm of physical as
well as psychological well-being. Some of them include reduction in heart rate and blood pressure, muscle relaxation and a notable improvement in the mood.
But how many of us are aware that how regular meditation can help people heal from cancer? Let us see how:
• Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, in other words meditation, has been shown to alleviate the symptoms of depression in people suffering from cancer. Furthermore, it has
also proven to be a long-term benefit.
• It is a known fact that meditation is a great stress-buster. It helps people regain a sense of serenity by calming their mind as well as syncing other bodily processes like the heart beat into a peaceful rhythm. This feeling of well-being strengthens our immune system and reduces the level of stress hormones in the body. This has a positive effect on the way our body responds to cancer.
• Studies have shown that meditation boosts the production of melatonin, a hormone produced by the pineal gland which is associated with improving the immune system, restful sleep, slowed ageing and a decrease in the severity of diseases such as cancer.
• Here’s another useful health tip for cancer patients. A research in Canada has found that meditation helps maintain or enhance the length of telomeres, which are the protein caps at the end of chromosomes. These determine the rate of cellular ageing. The
evidence shows a relation between longer telomeres and enhanced protection from disease.
• Meditating is the art of controlling the mind and improving awareness. Therefore, a person who meditates regularly is likely to make healthier choices with regard to his/her thought processes, eating habits and spending time productively. This counters the unhealthy choices that are often made unconsciously.
Meditation is a great supplement along with healthy eating and regular exercise for not just combating diseases, but also in instilling a general sense of well-being. This is a powerful prophylactic measure, and one which is most accessible and least invasive.