Reversal Of Fight or Flight Mechanisms
Extensive effort has lead to a number of useful studies and has opened the door for many who might otherwise avoid meditation entirely.
Any condition that's caused or worsened by stress can be alleviated through meditation, say many mind/body researchers. If meditation is practiced regularly, it can have lasting effects when encountering stress throughout the day and can improve health. Regular elicitation of the body’s own healing mechanisms has been shown to be an effective treatment for a wide range of stress-related disorders. In fact, to the extent that any disease is caused or made worse by stress, this kind of deep relaxation can help.
The body's "fight or flight" response stress hormones, produced when the body's "fight or flight" response is triggered, play a role in a host of ailments including hypertension, anxiety, depression, infertility, hot flashes in menopause and insomnia, say researchers. Those hormones--adrenaline and noradrenaline specifically - are created to allow for a quick reaction to stressful events. However, with little reason for fight or flight under most modern stressful circumstances, such as paying the bills or facing a cancer diagnosis, they go unused and collect in the body.
Relaxation techniques can help undo the damage done by stress hormones and should be considered an essential element of health care. Many researchers and doctors agree that 60 percent of doctor visits are stress-related, and suggested we have to take behavioral health very seriously.