Study finds meditation may help with acute respiratory infections

There has been a growing interest in the value of meditation for relaxation. Mayo Clinic states if stress has you anxious, tense and worried, consider trying meditation. Just spending a few minutes in meditation can restore your calm and inner peace. New research shows that meditation may also help with acute respiratory infections. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has reported on its website ”Meditation or Exercise May Help Acute Respiratory Infections, Study Finds.”

Exercising or practicing meditation may be effective in reducing acute respiratory infections according to a recent study. Acute respiratory infections are caused by influenza and other viruses and are very common illnesses. These illnesses account for millions of doctor visits and lost school and work days every year. It has been suggested by previous research that enhancing general physical and mental health may offer protection against these illnesses. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison randomly assigned 154 people, who were aged 50 and older, to one of three groups: a mindfulness meditation group, an exercise group, or a wait-list control group.

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