Meditation can boost our immune system and improve our mental health according to scientists.
Researchers from Harvard University and Justuc Liebig Univeristy discovered that the ancient religious tradition has various health benefits and can be used as an effective clinical treatment.
Key findings, published in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science, revealed that meditation can lead to an improved immune function, reduced blood pressure and enhanced cognitive function.
The practice – an essential part of Buddhist and Indian Yoga life – has become increasingly popular around the world as a way of combating stress.
Lead researcher Dr Britta Hazel,said that the aim of the study, was to ‘unveil the conceptual and mechanistic complexity of mindfulness.’
They concluded that there are four key components of the practice that could attribute for its beneficial affects including attention regulation, body awareness, emotion regulation, and sense of self.
Dr Hazel added: ‘Understanding the relationships between these components, and the brain mechanisms that underlie them, will allow clinicians to better tailor mindfulness interventions for their patients.’
The team now hope further research on the topic will enable patients to utilize mindfulness meditation as ‘a versatile tool to facilitate change both in psychotherapy and in everyday life’.