Positive changes in metabolism, heart rate, respiration, blood pressure and 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 mindful wellbeing, including a 2008 study
into genomic counter-stress changes, and a 2015 study
supporting the use of mindful techniques to alleviate symptoms in the treatment of cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic pain, depression, anxiety disorders, and in prevention in healthy adults and children.