A study was done with people who were HIV positive and meditation. There were two groups, one doing meditation and a control group. Those doing meditation had a reduction in virus proliferation, and the people not meditating did not… thus meditation did create a immune response.
Another study at the University of Wisconsin showed that those who participated in a 8 week mindfulness meditation class… had great increases in the amount of antibodies in their blood, thus boosting of their immune system.
A study was done at the University of California with seniors between 55 and 85 years old. They were all given a weekly 2 hour meditation class, and a 30 minute daily meditation exercise to do at home. At the end of 6 weeks it was found that they had a marked decrease in inflammation factors because of changes in their immune system. And as a great side effect their feelings of loneliness decreased. – Powerful!
Another study at Carnegie Mellon University showed that people doing meditation had their white blood cells decrease very slowly compared to people who were not meditating. Plus they had a large increase in immune cells, both showing a boost in their immune system.
A study at the University of Oslo with people taking a week long yoga and meditation class showed a marked increase in 111 good genes that supported the immune system. While walking only increased 38 genes, showing that yoga and especially meditation supports the immune system.
And that long term meditation improves the immune system and slows the aging process by reducing free radicals.
Studies show that meditation releases lots of healing hormones into the body… such as endorphins, GABA, serotonin, DHEA, and melatonin, all of which are important for boosting the immune system.
The University of California studied a 15 week Tai Chi class… (which is a moving form of meditation) showing that those who participated in the study had a remarkable boost in their immune system.
At Monash University it was found that those with cancer and doing meditation, had a increase in their immune response to their cancer.
The National University of Singapore found those who were taught meditation and were having radiation therapy… seemed to have much less radiation damage to their DNA.
So if you seem to get sick often, have cancer, or any other disease and want to boost your immune system then start meditating… it will do the mind/body good!
Just focusing on your breathing for 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the evening can change everything.
Dr. Paul Haider – Master Herbalist and Spiritual Teacher for over 20 years, helping people to recover and feel healthy. You can also find Dr. Haider on FB under Dr. Paul Haider, Healing Herbs, Shambala Spiritual Transformation Institute, Meditation for the Soul, and Relax Into Success, Punjab teas, and at www.paulhaider.com – feel free to contact him any time. Also check out Dr. Haider’s radio show at http://www.thesourcecenterradio.com/The-Relaxed-Soul.html Sept. show to be about “Doing a Spiritual Cleansing”
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