Stresses can stem from work, family, illness, or environment and can contribute to such conditions as anxiety, hypertension, depression and heart disease. How an individual perceives stresses, and how he or she handles them makes a big difference in terms of how much stress he or she experiences. The hormones and other biochemical compounds that enter our blood when we are stressed decrease during meditation techniques. These changes also stabilize over time, so that a person is actually less stressed biochemically during daily activity. This reduction of stress means less anxiety and tension. Literally dozens of studies have shown this.
Meditation techniques can help prevent or treat stress-related complaints such as anxiety, headaches as well as bone, muscle and joint problems.
Meditation Ttchniques help centre people so they can figure out how they’d like to handle their illness and proceed with life.
Asthma, emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease all restrict breathing and raise fears of suffocation, which in turn makes breathing even more difficult. Studies show that when people with these respiratory conditions learn Breathing Meditation Techniques, they have fewer respiratory crises.
Recent studies suggest that Meditation Techniques balance the immune system to help the body resist disease, and there is significant data that Meditation Techniques can enhance healing.
See also the research report of the RESPONSE project (PDF file) published in 2007 and funded by the European Commission 6th Framework Programme.