From Holistic Help:

The regular use of meditation and other practices that elicit the relaxation response, like deep breathing exercises, yoga, and prayer, have been shown previously to be beneficial in the treatment of a wide array of conditions like addiction, insomnia, depression, anxiety disorders, high blood pressure, chronic pain, stress management, and more. However, a new study has found that these same practices can also help reduce the need for health care services by as much as 43 percent. The greatest reduction in health care service utilization was observed in the areas of neurological, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and musculoskeletal.

This study, which was performed by Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital and co-authored by the grandfather of the relaxation response itself, Dr. Herbert Benson, was focused primarily on how these practices can help ease some of the burden on our health care providers and insurance companies and influence policy makers. Both of these are worthy goals that could assist with the financial crises in our society and government, but on the personal level, this means that you and I can keep more money in our piggy bank as well

Reach a Wide Range of People

Since there are many conditions, syndromes, or disorders that could fall under each of these categories that benefit the most, it means the potential to save money and improve health with these practices can reach a wide population of people. Not only that, the greatest aspect of all is that learning deep breathing exercises and meditation is quite easy and costs very little as well; which saves you even more money and time.

Benefits Increase Over Time

Unlike many traditional treatments, these practices are also relatively risk-free, convenient and can be practiced by anyone, anywhere. Once they are learned and put into use on a regular basis, the benefits from deep breathing and meditation continue to grow. The more they are practiced, the more powerful they become. So your return on investment is high to begin with, but continues to increase with time.

It’s Low-Cost, Quick and Easy to Learn

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