•Meditation creates a unique
hypometabolic state, in which the metabolism is in an even deeper
state of rest than during sleep. During sleep, oxygen consumption
drops by 8 percent, but during meditation, it drops by 10 to 20
•Meditation is the only activity that
reduces blood lactate, a marker of stress and anxiety.
•The calming hormones melatonin and
serotonin are increased by meditation, and the stress hormone
cortisol is decreased.
•Meditators secrete more of the
youth-related hormone DHEA as they age than nonmeditators.
Meditating fory-five-year-old males have an average of 23 percent
more DHEA than nonmeditators, and meditating females have an average
of 47 percent more. This helps decrease stress, heighten memory,
preserve sexual function, and control weight.
•Meditation has a profound effect upon
three key indicators of aging: hearing ability, blood pressure, and
vision of close objects.
•Long-term meditators experience 80
percent less heart disease and 50 percent less cancer than
•75 percent of insomniacs were able to
sleep normally when they meditated.
•34 percent of people with chronic pain
significantly reduced medication when they began meditating.
Excerpt from p.8
Meditation as Medicine Activate the Power of Your Natural Healing Force
Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. and Cameron Stauth
Pocket Books, 2001