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Meditation as pain relief?

17th April 2007

Those who practise transcendental meditation may have vastly improved pain thresholds than non-meditators, according to a new report.

The study of twelve people who have practised transcendental meditation for thirty years showed they had up to 50% less brain response to pain than those who did not meditate.  It has long been established that those who practise meditation cope better with stress but this new report showed that those using transcendental meditation showed a 40-50% reduction in response to pain in the thalamus, prefrontal cortex, total brain, and marginally in the anterior cingulate cortex.

 

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