Mechanism of action of meditation

Meditation is very useful in a number of mental health conditions and has been acknowledged for its cost effectiveness, efficacy and safety especially considering it does not have the side-effects of commonly used Psychiatric drugs.

Here are some of the mechanisms of action of meditation you should know about;

  • Positive changes in Gene expression-extensive up-regulation and down-regulation of genes.
  • Rebalancing and reorganization of cortical and sub-cortical structures in the brain.
  • Improved neurotransmitter function
  • Improved emotion regulation
  • Enhanced cognition
  • Improved inter-hemispheric connectivity
  • Improved central regulation of interoception and homeostasis
  • Advanced regulation of gastro-intestinal, neurologic, immunologic, cardio-respiratory, and psychological function.


Telles S, Gerbarg P, Kozasa EH. Physiological Effects of Mind and Body Practices. Biomed Res Int. 2015;2015:983086. doi: 10.1155/2015/983086. Epub 2015 Jun 10.

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