Cortisol levels reduced with meditation.
Department of Anatomy and Physiology, under the Faculty of Medicine studied 82 males ages 20-25 years for the responses of Buddhist Meditation. 52 subjects participated in meditation, while 30 served in a control group. It was found that after meditation, serum cortisol levels were significantly reduced, serum total protein level significantly increased, and systolic pressure, diastolic pressure and pulse rate significantly reduced.
When we are at high stress levels as a result of life events, lifestyle, or whatever our stressors are, the cortisol levels rise, and with these increased levels abdominal fat increases. Having a lot of abdominal fat has been revealed by doctors to be a contributing factor to heart disease and other illnesses including high blood pressure, and impaired cognitive functions to name a few. You can read further on how meditation effects stress and cortisol levels here.
Meditation assisted another group to reduce cortisol levels as compared to a control group. Read Renin and Cortisol levels during Meditation here.
Meditation is recommended by a growing number of physicians. Meditation is gaining mainstream acceptance as a beneficial preventative health program. It is one of the better studied alternative therapies and has been shown to provide a wide range of health benefits.
More and more doctors are recommending meditation as an effective stress buster and useful support for patients with many types of chronic and acute conditions.
The effectiveness of meditation comes from the fact that you can achieve a state of deep relaxation in just a few minutes. When you settle down into a state of deep relaxation, the body and mind are refreshed and revitalized. This gives you many good effects that are both immediate and long lasting. Meditation recommended by health practiticioners report.
How long does it take for the forms of meditation to start having effect? In August 2006, the University of Westminister studied 57 people. 31 in the meditation (meditation intervention) group and 26 in the control group. The meditation intervention group attended 1 class per week for an hour, and was given a CD to practice at home. In the beginning their was no significant differences between these 57 individuals and two groups. Within 5 short weeks, the meditation intervention group had significantly improved reducing cortisol levels as compared to their peers in the control group. This study demonstrating Meditation can improve cortisol levels was published for your review.
With our meditation training we use the basis of Taoist Healing, Taoist Imagery, Heart - Mind Calming, Mind Scenes, Buddhist Mind Training, Contemplation, Emotional Energy Balancing, Chi Cultivation, and many more original forms of getting the Yi (heart-mind) together. In our culture, these meditation techniques are often given new names to emphasize some type of original work, for example, kinesthetic meditation is simply using our bodies and space to draw the mind back in (breathing exercises, being part of the environment, etc). We do this with each every practice, but it is the foundation we build our training.
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"If you want to train Yi (heart-mind), you must calm Yi first. Power of the mind (great knowledge, deep understanding, contemplative) is at best random, if it is not harnessed and channelled."