Meditation and the Brain

Did you know that meditation can:

  • Induce growth in the hippocampus – an area of the brain responsible for memory and emotional regulation
  • Regulate the autonomic nervous system
  • Impact muscle tone
  • Rewire your brain

Neuroplasticity refers to the brain’s capacity to adapt and create new neural connections.  About 20 years ago, we did not know that the brain was so transformable – in fact, we thought the brain only shrank over time. Not only does the brain respond to healthy stimuli such as exercise, natural foods and proper sleep, it also physically changes after just 6 weeks of a meditation practice. 

The knowledge of neuroplasticity has changed our understanding of the brain and it’s ability to thrive.  Neurologists now have powerful tools to keep the brain healthy, and no longer depend on limited therapies – such as pharmacologic drugs – which are typically effective in stopping progression of disease, at best.  We can use the power of mind-body connection to maximize our brain and nerve fitness,  enhance regeneration, and continue life-long neuro-rehabilitation – no matter what stage of neurologic health we currently are in.

Stay turned for articles and blogposts with further explanations and citations. In the meantime, check out this blog post by Medical Writer Bliss Mischler reviewing a lecture at the AAN Annual Meeting in Boston, April 2017 which nicely captures the science.