Meditation Improves Brain Function

Dharma S Khalsa, MD Health Guide
  • Scientists used to believe the connections among the brain nerve cells were set early in life and did not change in adulthood. However, with the help of advancements in brain imaging techniques, this assumption has been disproved.

    In fact, scientists have come to grasp the concept of ongoing brain development.


    Studies have indicated that mental training through meditation can change the inner workings of the brain and allow people to achieve different levels of awareness.


    Our research and that of others we have been able to:

    • Prove that brain function and memory can be improved.
    • Identify the left prefrontal cortex of the brain -- an area just behind the left forehead -- as a place where brain activity associated with meditation is particularly intense

    We have studied people with no meditation experience and advanced meditators as well and the results are all positive

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    I've always known that meditation is a wonderful tool that can help you take a deliberate break from the stream of thoughts that are constantly flowing in and out of your mind. Some people use it to promote spiritual growth or find inner peace, while others use it as a relaxation and stress-reduction tool.


    Beyond memory, our work provides further support for the link between physical and emotional health. Since we are constantly stimulated in our daily lives -- visually, mentally, emotionally and physically -- it is not surprising that taking a break from this stimulation can actually improve your physical health.


    Numerous scientific studies have confirmed the health benefits of meditation.

    One earlier study found that people who underwent eight weeks of meditation training produced more antibodies to a flu vaccine. This reveals that meditation can boost your immune system.


    And a recent study that I was involved in has shown a definite link between memory improvement and meditation.


    So consider meditation as tool for stress management, memory improvement and a brain healthy activity that you can start today.

Published On: July 16, 2010