|Dr Herbert Benson is a Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School and has been looking at the effects of meditation on the human body. Founder of the Benson Henry Institute, Dr Benson is a frontrunner in the field of mind and body medicine.
‘The Relaxation Response’
His ‘Relaxation Response’ concept is widely published and lays claim that the ‘Relaxation’ Response’ is the opposite of stress and the ‘fight or flight’ response. Although we have the ability to get stressed, we also have the ability to overcome the stress and decrease the risk of harmful effects on the body that stress creates. Dr Benson states that any condition caused by stress such as depression, anxiety and high blood pressure can be treated by the regular practice of meditation.
Dr Benson concluded that anybody that practiced meditation, even simple meditation could significantly improve their health and general well-being.
Herbert Benson’s lifetime work has triggered lots of other studies in the field of meditation. When the research began 40 years ago the concept of meditation and the fact that the mind can affect the body was ‘swept under the carpet’. Through his work, commitment and belief, Dr Benson has bridged the gap between medical science and the concept of healing the body through the mind.
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