Meditation Not Medication For Pain Relief

Forget popping pills for aches and pains – recent research has suggested that meditation is an effective method of pain relief without the possible side-effects of medication.

Dr Fadel Zeidan, lead author at Wake Forest Baptist Church in North Carolina, has championed research of the idea. According to his studies, meditating targets the part of the brain that is experiencing the pain as well as stimulating the coping areas, which can half the immediate pain being felt and reduce it longer term.

The theory was tested by giving 15 volunteers a pain-inducing heat device on their legs in a scan before and after 20-minute meditation sessions. A 40% reduction in pain intensity was recorded and a 57% reduction of unpleasantness after the relaxing sessions.

Dr Zeidan said: ‘Meditation produces a greater reduction in pain than even morphine, which typically reduce pain ratings by about 25 per cent.’

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