Healing Power of Meditation
Research has shown that Meditation can contribute to an
individual's psychological and physiological well-being. This is accomplished as
Meditation brings the brainwave pattern into an alpha state, which is a level of
consciousness that promotes the healing state.
As discussed in the section "How Meditation
Work?", there is scientific evidence that Meditation can reduce blood pressure and
relieve pain and stress. When used in combination with biofeedback, Meditation enhances
the effectiveness of biofeedback.
Patricia Norris, Ph.D., Director of the Biofeedback and
Psychophysiology Clinic at the Menninger Foundation, reports: "In our practice at
Menninger we use meditative techniques to enhance immune functioning in cancer, AIDS, and
autoimmune patients. We also use meditation in conjunction with neuro-feedback to
normalize brain rhythms and chemistry in alcohol and drug addiction, as well as other
addictive conditions. Almost all of our patients use meditative techniques in learning
self-regulation for disorders such as anxiety and hypertension, and for stress management.
We consider meditation a recommended practice for anyone seeking high-level
In addition to the growing body of research
literature on meditation, physicians, psychotherapists, and other professionals are
increasingly adding meditative techniques to their practice. Over six thousand physicians
have begun the practice of Transcendental Meditation and regularly recommend the TM
technique to their patients. Dean Ornish, M.D has demonstrated that heart disease can be
reversed with a comprehensive program that includes meditations. Many physicians consider
meditation a key element of an integrated health program.
The benefits of an ongoing meditation
practice as it impacts our health can be classified further into three categories:
physiological, psychological, and
spiritual. Most people who practice meditation do so to reduce stress, anxiety, anger and
other negative emotions. Increasingly, physicians prescribe meditation as part of the
treatment for a large and growing number of medical conditions.