Meditation May Help Regulate Immune System
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Meditation May Help Regulate Immune System

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 9 May 2014 - 15:32
Behavioural training like breathing exercises can actually help people modulate their immune system, a new study has found. It is believed that the nervous system of the body may actually have influences on the immune system.
A Dutch celebrity Wim Hof, managed to sustain ice water baths for lengthy durations and hiked to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in just shorts, making his mark in the Guinness World Records for being able to withstand cold. Hof was an inspiration to researchers to study his endurance for cold.
The researchers asked the study participants who underwent training by Hof (which included lying bare-chested in the snow, swimming in frigid water and breathing and meditating) to be exposed to an inflammation test to see how they performed. It was found that the participants who underwent Hof’s training reported fewer flu-like symptoms than those who did not.
Further those who underwent the training had lower amounts of protein associated with inflammation in their bodies and had higher levels of inflammation fighting protein called interleukin-10.
These new findings seem to have raised new hopes for those affected with chronic inflammatory conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease and rheumatoid arthritis.
The results of the study are now published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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