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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.
During these scans, a pain-inducing heat device was placed on the participants' right legs.
This device heated a small area of their skin to 120° F, a temperature that most people find painful, over a five-minute period.
The scans taken after meditation training showed that every participant's pain ratings were reduced, with decreases ranging from 11 to 93 per cent, Dr Zeidan said.
At the same time, meditation significantly reduced brain activity in the primary somatosensory cortex, an area that is crucially involved in creating the feeling of where and how intense a painful stimulus is.
Originally posted by Snoopy1978
Stronger than morphine? Hard to believe unless you spice up your meditation with plant extracts.