Is meditation a pain reliever? Study suggests ‘stronger than drugs’

Is meditation a pain reliever? A recent study suggests it may be ‘stronger than drugs’. The study was first reported by┬áThe Telegraph:

Date: 5th April 2011
Source: The Telegraph

meditation a pain reliever‘Researchers have found that just one hour of meditation training can reduce immediate pain by nearly half and have a long lasting effect.

The technique appears to work as it calms down pain experiencing areas of the brain while at the same time boosting coping areas.

“This is the first study to show that only a little over an hour of meditation training can dramatically reduce both the experience of pain and pain-related brain activation,” said Dr Fadel Zeidan, lead author at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina.

For the study, 15 healthy volunteers who had never meditated before attended four, 20-minute classes to learn a meditation technique known as focused attention.

Focused attention is a form of mindfulness meditation where people are taught to concentrate on breathing and let go of distracting thoughts and emotions.

Both before and after meditation training, study participants’ brain activity was examined using a special type of imaging called arterial spin labelling magnetic resonance imaging (ASL MRI).

This captures longer duration brain processes, such as meditation, better than a standard MRI scan of brain function….Read More

  • Well written article ,
    meditation are best from drugs to get a relief from pain,stress & insomnia like problem. thanks for the post.