Mindfulness affects changes in brain chemistry
Herbert Benson, a cardiologist and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and founder of the Mind-Body Medical Institute (now the Benson-Henry Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital), has been a pioneer in Mind Body Medicine. In 1975, he reported that meditation induces a host of biochemical and physical changes in the body collectively referred to as the “relaxation response”, including changes in metabolism, heart rate, respiration, blood pressure and brain chemistry. His on-going research continues to prove the many health benefits of mindfulness, including a 2008 study
into genomic counter-stress changes, and a 2015 study
supporting the use of mindfulness to alleviate symptoms in the treatment of cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic pain, depression, anxiety disorders, and in prevention in healthy adults and children.