Thursday, April 14, 2011

Meditation stronger than drugs for pain relief -- but you'll probably never hear this again

Meditation can have pain relieving effects greater than morphine, claims new study.

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. (read more)