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Study: Transcendental Meditation strengthens the immune system
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17 August 2014
Does practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique help to keep you healthy?
Leukocytes or white blood cells typically make up 4000-10,000 for every microliter of blood. The white blood cell count is an indicator of the state of body's immune system.
A group of researchers at Infanta Cristina Hospital in Spain have published an interesting study which measures the effect of regular TM practice on one's immune system.
TM has 'significant effect' on quantity of immune cells
The researchers measured different subsets of leukocytes and lymphocytes—the cells in our blood which help to fight off viruses and bacteria. A control group of 16 healthy subjects was compared against a group of 19 people who regularly practice either Transcendental Meditation or the more advanced Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme technique.
This elegantly simple method pointed to a significant difference in the level of immune cells.
Stress relief and the strength of the immune system are closely linked. A case study: Police officer Steve Gordon got rid of severe post-traumatic stress syndrome with the help of meditation practice.
As the scientists stated in their conclusion, ''The technique of meditation studied seems to have a significant effect on immune cells. This effect is manifest in the different circulating levels of lymphocyte subsets analyzed.''
Though the causes of this enhancement of immune system were beyond the scope of the study, the authors put forward the hypothesis that the results obtained could be largely explained by TM reducing overall stress levels.
Maria L Dominguez, Carmen Duran, Lucia Garcia, Jose R Infante, Fernando Peran, Juan I Rayo, Ana Roldan, Justo Serrano. 'Levels of immune cells in transcendental meditation practitioners'. International Journal of Yoga, Vol. 7, No. 2, July-December, 2014, pp. 147-151.
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