Religion has long understood that a healthy soul must coexist with a healthy body. Hence some rites that are similar to preventive medicine. Today, the interest of some Ave Maria for the state of the heart.
Most adults remember endless hours spent in church with the family. It is not easy to measure the effects on the grandeur of the soul, as the facts of modern life demonstrate every day; on the other hand, medicine can come to the aid of churches, more and more deserted. Not necessarily filling them, but first justifying them. Not the Catholic religion only, but most of them.
Way of life
We know the positive influence of religions on eating habits: for example the consumption of fish on Friday among Catholics, or the prohibition of eating pork among Muslims, which formerly almost systematically conveyed a parasitic disease. It is also known that circumcision which consists in removing the foreskin is a factor of hygiene. Meditation is a great tool for fighting stress.
Against cardiac accidents
Italian doctors have brought another piece to the record of saving faith. Their conclusion: Regular praying with a rosary may be a good way to guard against myocardial infarction and stroke. To get there, they studied the effect of 2 verses of the Ave Maria in Latin, recited at a normal pace, that is to say in about 10 seconds.
We know that to be able to keep our heart rate and blood pressure at normal numbers, there is a control center at the level of our carotids. A little like if, regularly, a machine took our pulse and our blood pressure to be able to react in case of abnormal values. This internal clock acts six times a minute ... That is to say, at the same rate as the recitation of the Ave Maria. However, in the heart, these control reflexes tend to weaken, we can imagine that anything that can lead to their stimulation is welcomed positively. This is the case of breathing at this rate of 6 breaths - expirations per minute. Which is slower than normal.
But from hypothesis to practice, there is always a step that Italian researchers have not taken. It should also be added that slow, deep breathing promotes well-being and it may be inferred that this practice will be positive for cardiac patients. You can object that we can try to do it without the help of an Ave Maria. Certainly, but doing it in a conscious and very repetitive way is not easy. Hence the utility of the repetitiveness of this Catholic prayer ... Which comes from the Tibetan and Indian monks; it is indeed the crusaders who, returning from the East, have imported this custom ... modernized at this time thanks to the rosary!