We’ve been talking a lot about mindfulness this month, explaining the concept and sharing resources. There has been much information in the news lately on how you can use mindfulness for pain reduction and in some instances it can be more effective than pain medication. This article from Medical News Today discusses a the findings of a study where mindfulness meditation brings greater pain relief than a placebo. Here is an excerpt from the article:
Mindfulness meditation can bring greater pain relief than a placebo, according to research published in the Journal of Neuroscience.
Mindfulness meditation appears to affect the brain in ways that reduce pain.
The findings, by scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC, are the first to show that patterns of brain activity produced by mindfulness meditation differ from those produced by a placebo cream.
Contemplatives have long reported the benefits of mindfulness meditation on pain, and brain imaging technology has revealed more about the mechanisms involved. Whether the benefits stem from religious practices or mindfulness itself has remained unclear.
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