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How does meditation help treat multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms?

In a meditative state, a person with multiple sclerosis (MS) becomes relaxed, anxiety and muscle tension are released, and blood pressure is lowered. "It is believed to be the opposite of the physiologic response known as the 'fight-or-flight response,' characterized by the activation or stimulation of multiple body processes, such as increases in heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing rate," Dr. Bowling, M.D., Ph.D., Medical Director of the Rocky Mountain MS Center, explains.

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