Since ancient times, meditation has long been hailed because of its ability to cleanse the body of mental and physiological impurities because of its calming, healing and restorative effects not only on the body and mind but also the spirit. As such, it has been practiced for ages not so much for its de-stressing and calming effects after doing the routine, but more because of the many undeniable physical and mental benefits of meditation.
The known physical effects of meditation are readily seen in the calm state of being, generally relaxed persona and a healthier and more alert body of the person meditating. Doctors explain that when one achieves a deep level of self-awareness that can be achieved only through meditation, the brain cells are devoid of stress which produces toxins in the body. Without stress and harmful toxins, the body amazingly heals itself and repairs damages within its system. This miracle within is reflected on the excellent physical condition of the person doing the meditation.
The mental benefits of meditation are equally long and impressively well-proven. One such mental benefit that one can experience just within a few minutes after meditating is the calming effects it has on the neuron-sensory organ of the brain. This is the part responsible for such mental states like agitation and anxiety.
Studies on the brain waves of people under deep meditative state show a higher level of alpha waves compared to those persons that are not meditating. The alpha waves released during meditation is credited for the calmed nerves and quiet, normal and receptive states of both mental and emotional states. The studies also found a lower level of lactic acid in the bloodstream of people who are meditating. Lactic acid is responsible with high levels of anxiety.
The Journal of Clinical Psychology also published a report affirming the positive effect of meditation in people suffering from psycho-mental like depression, unstable emotions and various levels of hostility caused by long-term exposure to stress. These people have high levels of cortical hormones responsible for unmanageable stress levels. Doctors prescribe meditation therapy for patients suffering from hyper stress levels after studies proved that meditation is effective in reducing cortical levels in the bloodstream for hours.