A recent study by a MGH affiliate shows that RELAXATION STRATEGIES like Praying, Meditation, Deep Breathing and Yoga can keep us healthy and could cut health care costs by 43%.
We all know that there a strong indisputable Mind-Body connect which exists and Stress over long periods can cause illnesses like anxiety, depression, blood pressure, obesity and coronary heart disease.
Individuals in this study participated in programs that train patients to elicit Relaxation response.
“The relaxation response is elicited by practices including meditation, deep breathing, and prayer”.
4400 patients were enrolled and compared with 13150 controls over a 2 year period. The control group had an overall, but not statistically significant, increase in clinical service utilization in the second year. Patients who used Relaxation strategies had a reduction of around 25 percent across all clinical services. Clinical areas in which there was greatest reduction in service utilization were neurologic, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, and gastrointestinal. The researchers estimate that this could cut down health care costs by 43%!
So, Pray, Meditate and Do Yoga!!!
Mind-Body Medicine: New Science and Best Practices to Meet Public Health Challenges”