Meditation if done with dedication can do wonders. Few of the general condition that meditation can help are healing, pain, blood pressure, fibromyalgias, anxiety, depression, insomnia, anger, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, and smoking.
Large amount of money is being spent in U.S. by many patients and government, to treat back pain much of that includes opioid drugs that can contribute to addiction, however, researches now show that results from opioid medication on long term basis were not as good as results with mindful meditation.
Group Health Research Institute’s new research proves that quieting and focusing the mind is one way to help decrease chronic low back pain, and when pain starts decreasing, it in turn helps in avoiding habit-forming opioid-based dangerous painkillers.
As reported in Washington post, one of the first scientists to test the benefits of meditation and mindfulness in brain scans was Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She herself started Yoga as a form of physical therapy for her running injury, very soon she started feeling better along with calmness and was able to handle more difficult situation. Then she did a literature study and found meditation being associated with decreased stress, depression, anxiety, pain, and insomnia. It also helps in providing cool mind and warm hearts and thereby increase quality of life.
Her findings were the following: as reported in: (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2015/05/26/harvard-neuroscientist-meditation-not-only-reduces-stress-it-literally-changes-your-brain)
Differences in brain volume was seen in people involved in meditation after 8 weeks of regular daily meditation for 40 minutes. Thickening was found in the following 4 regions.
- Posterior cingulate was found with primary difference, that is involved in mind wandering, and self-relevance.
- Left hippocampus assists in learning, cognition, memory and emotional regulation.
- The temporo-parietal junction is associated with perspective taking, empathy and compassion.
- Pons an area of the brain stem, where a lot of regulatory neurotransmitters are produced.
The amygdala, the fight or flight part of the brain which is important for anxiety, fear and stress in general. That area got smaller in the group that went through the mindfulness-based stress reduction program.
The change in the amygdala was also correlated to a reduction in stress levels.
She further suggests average recommended time for getting benefits from mindful meditation is 27 minutes per day, so it can be taken as approximately 30 minutes a day.
There have been many researches performed on this topic which shows that regardless of religious affiliation, diseases or health conditions, age, sex, race or ethnicity, or nationality there is a clear positive relationships existing between religious and spiritual practice and health outcomes on a variety of different conditions.
Few of the studies 180 approximately have been done and few are being performed as a part of distant healing research. More than half of the studies on distant healing have produced significant results. In these studies/experiments, an individual/healer through their meditation visualise and tries to influence the physical condition, disease, or physiology of a target system, such as cell cultures, bones, and other bodily systems. As of March 2004, there have been nine controlled clinical trials looking at intercessory prayer (compassionate intention at a distance). Six of these have produced statistically significant positive results.
We can go through the Institute of Noetic Sciences’ Web site (www.noetic.org) for a detailed description and list of these studies.
To conclude, in addition to other doing a distant for someone if the person themselves start meditating it would work at an exponential level. Therefore, I would recommend everyone should take up the practice of meditation and start moving towards overall wellness.