Mindfulness meditation-based techniques have long been used for stress management and to bring relief to people suffering from the symptoms of chronic pain. Yet to date there have not been many studies that specifically examine the physiological benefits that can be gained from mindfulness practice.
Now a study conducted by researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Waisman Center and published in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity indicates that Mindfulness meditation techniques appear to help reduce the symptoms of chronic inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, asthma and inflammatory bowel disease.
Lead study author Melissa Rosenkranz said.
The mindfulness-based approach to stress reduction may offer a lower-cost alternative or complement to standard treatment, and it can be practiced easily by patients in their own homes, whenever they need.
The effective techniques typically consist of focusing attention on one’s breath, and paying attention to sensations in the body and on thoughts or feelings while sitting, walking or taking part in a body practice such as yoga.
Source: Science Daily
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