Can meditation cure cancer?
THE DAILY MEDITATION has been in a leader in using meditation to heal the mind and body.
We have shared how meditation provides over 100 health benefits. But can mindfulness cure cancer?
Breaking scientific research suggest meditation can cure cancer just as it can prevent it.
The Link Between Stress, Cancer, And Meditation
It’s long been known that stress plays a pivotal role in the onset of diseases. And the way we handle stress has an impact on the risk of cancer, it’s prevention, and its cure.
Psychological stress is normal and we all experience it at some points in our life. However, some people experience unnaturally high levels of stress for a long period of time. And these people are more prone to developing health problems. But does that include cancer?
We know from research that stress massively impact the lives of people living with cancer. Stress and cancer work hand in hand to attack the mind and the body, massively reducing the chances of recovery from cancer.
When we are under stress the body releases stress hormones such as cortisol, norepinephrine and epinephrine. This increases blood pressure (read: how to lower blood pressure), increases heart rate, and increases sugar levels.
When we experience stress for a prolonged time it causes severe problems on the body.
Stress can cause:
- weakened immune system
- gastrointestinal problems
Selective research shows that stress can cause cancer, though a direct link between stress and cancer has yet to be confirmed.
What we know for definite is that by reducing stress in life we reduce the negative behaviours that cause cancer (smoking, drinking, overeating).
Meditation massively reduces stress. Therefore, the logical deduction is that meditation reduces the risk of cancer by reducing negative behaviours that cause it.
This, however, is just one way meditation helps with cancer.
4 Ways Meditation Prevents Cancer
1. Stress Reduction
As discussed above, meditation reduces risk of cancer by cutting down stress, which is linked to cancer. Stress prevents the body from creating T-cells that the immune system needs to fight infection and diseases. Meditation reduces stress. Therefore, meditation reduces risk of cancer and many other diseases.
2. Meditation reduces the emotions that cause cancer
Emotional regulation plays a pivotal role in our health. Heightens emotions like anxiety and depression, cause the body to release hormones that, over time, have a negative effect on the body. Adrenaline, cortisol, catecholamines, adrenaline, vasopressin, norepinephrine, and gonadotropins, which, over a prolonged period of time, lead to endocrine disorders such as endocrine cancer.
3. Meditation Lengthens Telomere Strands
Telomeres are the end caps of the chromosomes that inform cells of the way they need to grow and adapt in order to survive. Chromosones are literally like pieces of string that can become frayed over time. Telomeres prevent early degradation of chromosomes. When fighting cancer, chromosomes find and eliminate the cancer cells to prevent cancer from spreading.
It has been proven that meditation protects telomeres . This in turn helps the body fight diseases, including cancer.
4. Meditation increases melatonin, which helps fight cancer
Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland. It helps improve the quality of sleep and boosts the immune system, helping the body to fight off cancer. Meditation increases the production of melatonin, thereby helping to improve the quality of life of cancer patients and helping fight cancer too.
Add to this the fact that meditation helps us to make conscious, healthy choices, and it is easy to see why mindfulness helps prevent cancer.
But can meditation cure cancer?
Meditation Cures Cancer, Say Scientists
It has long been know that meditation improves quality of life for cancer patients by helping to reduce chronic pain.
Now, Canadian scientists have released evidence that reveals that yoga and meditation can cure cancer.
Meditation and yoga alter the activity of cancer cells and can play a pivotal role in curing cancer.
Cancer Journal released the research in an article last week stating:
“The research adds to the literature supporting the potential for stress-reducing interventions to impact important disease-regulating processes and ultimately disease outcome.” 
The scientists studied telomere, the protein caps at the edge of chromosomes that determine the aging rate of individual cells. They discovered that, over a three month period, telomeres remained the same length in patients who meditated or practiced yoga. In contract, those patients who hadn’t meditated or practiced yoga were shown to have shorter telomeres.
In the study participants were divided into three groups.
One group practiced mindfulness meditation and yoga 8 times a week for 90 minutes, and were also asked to practice mindfulness meditation and yoga for 45 minute sessions at home too.
The second group practiced mindfulness meditation and yoga once a week for 90 minutes and were asked to discuss their feelings.
The final group attended a stress management seminar.
At the end of the study, the groups who had not meditated had sorter telomeres than those who had.
Psychosocial investigator Linda Carlson, at the Tom Baker Cancer Center, says, “We already know that psychosocial interventions like mindfulness meditation will help you feel better mentally, but now for the first time we have evidence that they can also influence key aspects of your biology.” 
This research has totally stumped the science community, who are shocked at the seeming power of meditation over cancer.
“It was surprising that we could see any difference in telomere length at all over the three-month period studied,” said Carlson. “Further research is needed to better quantify these potential health benefits, but this is an exciting discovery that provides encouraging news.”
Meanwhile, there has also been exciting research into the effect of Tibetan Singing Bowls on cancer too.
This video, however, takes things to a new level.
Many in the spiritual community deem this proof that meditation cures cancer. What do you think? Leave a comment below.