20-Minute Meditation a Day Kills Pain Better Than Morphine

by Reshma Anand on  December 7, 2015 at 4:29 PM Mental Health News   - G J E 4
One can get rid of pain easily by following the art of meditation than gulping down a pill like morphine, revealed a new study.
20-Minute Meditation a Day Kills Pain Better Than Morphine
20-Minute Meditation a Day Kills Pain Better Than Morphine

The study conducted at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina suggests that just a few minutes of meditation each day could prove better pain relief than powerful drug medication.

‘"Breathe in, breathe out" meditation technique daily acts as an effective pain reliever compared to the most common painkiller drug morphine.’
The study showed that those individuals who had been taught to use relaxation and breathing techniques to cope with the pain had calmer brain scans. These people reported a 27 percent reduction in pain intensity and 44 percent less emotional pain.

Lead researcher Fadel Zeidan believes these findings prove that mindfulness meditation can produce different patterns of brain activity.

He said that based on the findings, they believe that as little as four 20-minute daily sessions of mindfulness meditation could enhance pain treatment in a clinical setting.

He added, "However, given that the present study examined healthy, pain-free volunteers, we cannot generalize our findings to chronic pain patients at this time." The study is reported in the Journal of Neuroscience.

Source: ANI

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