A new study on the human brain shows that meditation can reduce pain. 1
The authors measured pain intensity and pain regulation in fifteen volunteers by using a pain rating scale and an MRI, a machine that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to capture x-ray like images.
Two MRI sessions were conducted one before meditation training and one afterwards.
In the second session, the male and female volunteers experienced less pain after practicing mindfulness meditation, a technique that involves letting random thoughts go and focusing on breathing sensations, according to the authors of the study.
When testing this mind-body technique, scientists applied a heat probe to each volunteer's right leg. They found that the volunteers who meditated had a 40% reduction in pain intensity from the heat and showed different brain activity in the MRI images.
"Meditating, after training, activated brain regions related to the self-regulation of pain," say the scientists.
1.F. Zeidan et al, "Brain Mechanisms Supporting Modulation of Pain by Mindfulness Meditation," The Journal of Neuroscience.
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