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The Research: BENEFITS of MEDITATION ON DIGESTION

Power in Digestion

Efficient digestion is essential for our health and vitality, yet its importance is often overlooked. Inadequate digestion can trigger a cascade of health issues, affecting energy levels, immune function, weight management, mental clarity, and hormonal balance. These digestive inefficiencies manifest in symptoms like gas, bloating, constipation, abdominal pain, IBS, and other discomforts, such as reflux. Scientific studies have established digestion’s importance, with the intestine producing about 95% of the body’s serotonin, a key neurotransmitter affecting mood and behavior. 

 

Ancient Remedy: Easy Meditation

Digestion meditation, an ancient yoga technique, has been scientifically shown to significantly benefit digestive health. It’s easy to learn and incorporate into daily life. In Scientific Studies with people suffering with functional gastrointestinal disorders, the mediations enhanced gut health and improved quality of life. In parallel, studies have shown that virtually delivered yoga is a safe and practical option for learning and mastering meditation on digestion.

“Where you put your attention, that’s where your energy goes.” – Sri Dharma Mittra

Scientific Research — 1

The Improvement in Gastrointestinal Quality of Life Index (GIQLI) following meditation: An open-trial pilot study in India.

Source

Journal of Ayurveda and integrative medicine 2021 Jan-Mar; Vol. 12 (1), pp. 107-111. Date of Electronic Publication: 2021 Feb 11.

Background

Medical science is increasingly recognizing the role of gut health in achieving optimal wellbeing. A healthy gut improves digestion. Additionally, it has a positive impact on multiple physiological networks such as immune system, central nervous system and hepato-endocrine system, thus contributing to the overall quality of life. Functional gastrointestinal disorders: also known as disorders of gut-brain interaction, such as irritable bowel syndrome are increasing worldwide. Conditions like stress, anxiety and mental disorders are correlated with these disorders. Mind-body interventions have been shown to ameliorate stress, anxiety and related conditions that may aggravate functional gastrointestinal disorders.

Objective:

The present study aims to investigate the benefits of a novel meditation technique called the Vaishvanara Agni meditation (VAM) on the gastrointestinal quality of life.

Results

 GI-QoL was significantly improved with the practice of VAM. Additionally, significant improvements were noticed in all sub domains especially core symptoms, physical strength and the psychological domain.

Conclusion

Meditation practices that focus on improving digestion can be an effective tool for improving gut health.

Competing Interests

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Scientific Research — 2

Meditation and Yoga for Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Randomized Clinical Trial.

Source

The American journal of gastroenterology [Am J Gastroenterol] 2023 Feb 01; Vol. 118 (2), pp. 329-337. Date of Electronic Publication: 2022 Oct 11.

Background

Delivered in person, yoga is effective in managing irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms. The evidence for efficacy, feasibility, and safety of virtually delivered yoga for patients with IBS is unknown.

Methods: Adults diagnosed with IBS were randomized to either Hatha yoga intervention of 8 weekly online classes delivered virtually or an advice-only control group and assessed at baseline and postintervention. We used an unadjusted ANOVA to determine differences between and within groups on the primary outcome (decrease of ≥50 points in IBS Symptom Severity Scale [IBS-SSS]) and secondary outcomes (quality of life, anxiety and depression, fatigue, somatic symptoms, perceived stress, COVID-19 stress, and self-compassion). We assessed feasibility through recruitment and attrition rates, adherence, participant satisfaction, and safety (i.e., adverse events).

Conclusion

Virtually delivered yoga is safe and feasible, and effective in reducing IBS symptoms. Based on the primary end point, the intervention was not superior to an advice-only control group.

Competing Interests

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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