Studies from the American Heart association suggest meditation can diminish the risk of heart disease and improve overall health
The long term, beneficial effects of meditation have been proven by numerous studies across the world. As a consequence of the good results of the meditation techniques, the American Heart Association has reviewed the effects in order to find out if the practice can reduce the incidence of heart illnesses.
As the practice of meditation dates back since 5000 BC and more than 8 per cent of the American population currently enjoy their knowledge about it, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health has decided to tests its therapeutic effects by assessing the health of patients with cardiovascular disease in a clinical trial involving meditation. The patients have been monitored by cardiovascular disease experts and a neuroscientist.
Techniques such as yoga, Tai Chi, and variations including Samatha, Vipassana (Insight Meditation), Mindful Meditation, Zen Meditation (Zazen), Raja Yoga, Loving-Kindness (Metta), Transcendental Meditation and Relaxation Response.
The results suggested that meditation can: decrease stress levels, boost sleep, lower blood pressure, lower the risk of heart attack, and generally improve the quality of life.
Nevertheless, more research need to be conducted in order to find out the definite role of meditation in overall human health. However, it is important for people to choose a healthy lifestyle, regularly check their health status, actively engage in physical activities and stop smoking.