Meditation Leads to Specific Molecular Changes in the Body: Psychologists

Meditation Leads to Specific Molecular Changes in the Body: PsychologistsSome papers say that meditation can prove to be advantageous for health. But, as per a new paper, proofs of particular molecular alterations in the body after a period of mindfulness meditation have been obtained. The study is likely the first of its kind.

Researchers have examined the effects of a day of rigorous mindfulness practice in a group of skilled mediators.

After eight hours of mindfulness practice, the mediators demonstrated a series of genetic and molecular differences. These differences included changed levels of gene-regulating machinery and reduced levels of pro-inflammatory genes. These in turn were connected with faster physical recovery from a worrying situation.  

Perla Kaliman, first author of the article and a researcher at the Institute of Biomedical Research of Barcelona, Spain (IIBB-CSIC-IDIBAPS), says, "Most interestingly, the changes were observed in genes that are the current targets of anti-inflammatory and analgesic drugs".

The analysis of molecules was conducted in the same university.

Mindfulness-based trainings have shown advantageous effects on inflammatory disorders in earlier clinical studies. Also, these trainings are approved by the American Heart Association as a preventative intervention.

Because of increased awareness linked with tranquilizers, people are now looking for natural ways to relax. Meditation is considered as a scientifically confirmed natural method that can provide relaxation without drugs. It was reported by Science Daily on December 8, 2013, that gene expression changes with meditation.