Scientists say they have found evidence that meditation has a biological effect on the body.
A small-scale study suggests it could boost parts of the brain and the immune system.
Meditation has been practised since ancient times, mainly in the East.
It is now catching on worldwide as a means to reduce stress or to help with pain caused by various illnesses.
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the United States enrolled 41 people in a trial of so-called “mindfulness” meditation.
It is a technique developed by an American stress reduction specialist – Jon Kabat-Zinn – for helping hospital patients deal with pain and discomfort.
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