The problem: do you suffer from autoimmune disorders?
Autoimmune disorders occur when the immune system starts erroneously treating normal parts of our body as infectious agents and begins attacking them. This maladaptive response creates absolute havoc in the body, and specific vital functions can become severely impaired, resulting in significant damage to organs and tissues.
Stress is considered to be the most reliable factor in worsening autoimmune disease, particularly with regards to multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Grave’s disease, ulcerative colitis and inflammatory bowel disease.
Whenever we are stressed, our innate immune system becomes activated, which causes us to have a panicked, ‘action stations’ response. There is a production of additional, surplus immune cells, and inflammatory cells are on red alert for deployment to any affected area (or perceived affected area).
When our immune system is chronically activated under the stress response, a maladaptive pattern may develop whereby the immune system starts to erroneously target normal body cells as dangerous invaders and subsequently targets these for attacks.
Often, the treatment of choice is to pump us full of steroid hormones that suppress the immune system, which obviously, alongside a reduction of symptoms, causes a weakened immune response to all other ills.
Steroids also carry with them the risk of known and unknown side effects, such as ageing the hippocampal area of the brain and impairing our memory.
How can Vedic meditation help to build your immune system?
Meditation works more subtly at the causes of the issue, making it a natural way of building your immune system.
Firstly, Vedic meditation will manage the stress response so that our immune system becomes less hyperactive and therefore symptoms alleviate.
Secondly, the powerful restorative effects of Vedic meditation bring harmony to all the systems of the mind, body, and nervous system, building your immune system back up.
It allows the immune cells to take a more discerning view of potential pathogens and our levels of rest are sufficiently deep that our brain can rewire itself to provide more balanced and adaptive responsiveness.